Unique features of Parkview Pārua School

As a full primary Parkview Pārua School caters for students from Year 0-8. 

Parkview School children playground

Parkview Pārua School is a special place to be as a community focussed full primary school.  Full primaries enable students to develop quality relationships with teachers and peers.  Full primaries provide a significant range of learning and leadership opportunities for every student and at Parkview Pārua School we are able to cater for every student’s needs. 

 As a full Primary we cater for the special Year 7 and 8 years. These years are vital to develop maturity, social and academic skills in a safe and caring context.  We have multiple leadership opportunities for our students as well as sporting, cultural, outdoor education and musical experiences. 

 At Parkview Pārua we proudly stand on knowing our students, in a community focussed environment.  It is our view that Year 7 & 8 students have a leadership place of mana within our school whanau.  These initiatives are designed to create a unique learning hub for our senior students within a caring and supportive learning environment.  

School Facilities

Parkview Pārua School was built in 1977.  It has 6-8 classrooms built in the open plan area and 10 prefabricated classrooms within blocks.  The school has a hall, large playing fields including football and rugby fields and a astro turf cricket pitch.  Large court areas allow all year round play and include netball and basketball courts.  We have significant playground facilities which cater for all age groups and provide challenge and excitement. 

Parkview Pārua School enters the Ministry of Education Rebuild Programme in 2017/18. This will involve a redesign and upgrade of current classrooms and a partial rebuild.  We excitedly await this process and you can follow progress on our school blog.

Physical Education

A most effective programme involving daily fitness, skills teaching during P.E. and weekly sport based on Kiwisport is a feature of this school.  All children are actively involved on a regular basis.  The Sports Start programme is underway across the school which involves teaching skills based activities first which then lead into various games and sports.  This is a well established approach to physical education. We also are part of the Youthtown Sport programme where qualified instructors come to our school to take classes in fortnightly PE sessions.

Technology Training

Students in Year 7 and 8 attend Technology Training Classes at Linwood College every second Tuesday from 8.30am – 1.00pm. Options include:

  • Hard Materials

  • Food Technology

  • Digital Technology

Parkview School camp

Outdoor Education

Every year our Year 5, 6 ,7 & 8’s have a camp.  These are held at Waipara and Wainui and the students are involved in archery, abseiling, orienteering, air rifles, grass toboganning, BMX racing, coastering, raft building, and team building pursuits.  Every camp has trained instructors and facilities to extend our students.

Reading Recovery

A trained Reading Recovery Teacher operates this specific reading programme.  Parents will be informed if their child becomes eligible to take part in the Reading Recovery Programme.

School Sports

Parkview School swimming sports

Our school sports programme caters for all children from Year 0/1 to Year 8.

School Sports are usually held in the afternoons and they are organised on a flexible basis. We have regular whole school sports events where our wonderful senior students work alongside our Juniors to compete in different activities.


Weekly Winter Sport competitions held at Rawhiti and Hagley include rugby, soccer, netball, hockey, Ki-o-rahi, table tennis, bowls and also gardening for those who prefer not to participate in sport.  We compete in the East Zone sports competitions with other schools in our area and our Hagley teams are competing against all Christchurch schools in order to develop and extend our able athletes.

The major zone sports involved are:

Term 1:  Swimming
Term 2:  Cross Country, Winter Tournament
Term 3:  Winter Tournament
Term 4:  Athletics

parkview School children playing cricket

Prior to each Zone event we hold our own school swimming, cross country and athletics competitions to find out who will represent us at the Zones.  Successful athletes at the Zone events go on to represent east Zone schools at Canterbury Primary School Sports competitions.

We also enter our students in Primary Sport Canterbury events such as triathlon, aerobics, hip hop, gymnastics and others.

Other Zone events that Parkview Pārua students can participate in are Top Team, Youthtown Sports tournament, basketball. Teams representing Parkview Pārua also compete in RCSI touch module and basketball at Cowles Stadium.  If students show strengths in other sporting areas not included here, we can investigate means of developing their skills and competitions.

We are always looking for motivated Parents/Whanau to assist with our sports programme.  If you are interested please contact the school.

Music Lessons

Music tuition is available in school time. Instruments include guitar, ukele, keyboard and drums.  There is also singing lessons available.  These are provided by the NZ Modern School of Music.  Information on these lessons is available in the office.

Cultural Opportunities

Parkview school culture

Kapa Haka – Parkview Pārua School run a very exciting and powerful kapa haka roupu who perform at cultural festivals and school events, led by an Itinerant teacher of tikanga Maori.  We also provide kapa haka tution for all students in Year 1-4 as part of developing tikanga in our kura.

School Choir – We have two school choirs who perform at music festivals and in our wider community,  such as shopping malls, retirement homes, our local supermarket and other community events.

Wearable Arts - As part of our Arts interchange, Yr 7 / 8 students can choose to be a part of our wearable arts team that develop and present wonderful creations in the Christchurch competition.

Dance - Yr 7 and 8 students participate in the Dancing with the Stars performance at the Isaac Theatre.

Home and School Association

The Parkview Pārua Home and School Association actively supports the work of the school and its community.  The Home & School committee meets each month in the staffroom at 7.00pm. For further information please contact the school office.