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Kia ora whānau!
Ohu Karearea had an amazing opportunity to go to Te Uku Wind Farm and learn all about the wind turbines, and renewable energy. They were also gifted a fantastic lunch full of goodies! Thank you Kids Can, Meridian Energy, and Te Uku Wind Farm for the opportunity.

Principals Welcome

Kia Ora Koutou,

Ko Aotea te waka
Ko Ruapehu te maunga
Ko Whanganui te awa
Ko Ati-hau-nui-apaparangi te iwi
Ko Uenuku te hapū
Ko Papatupu te marae
Ko Pamela Haitana-Quirke ahau

I am Pam Quirke and I am honoured and very proud to serve and lead learning for the Deanwell School community as your Principal.

I was brought up on a large sheep and beef farm near Taihape with my parents, three brothers and three sisters. We are wholehearted people who love all the adventures and challenges that life brings.

I attended Taoroa Primary School, then Whanganui Girls’ College as a boarder for five years and completed my Education degree at Waikato University.

I live 15 minutes out of Raglan on a dairy farm. I have two adult children, a son and a daughter. We are an active family and during summer we love to swim, kayak, paddle board and in winter we like to ski.

I am an experienced Principal and have an authentic leadership style that is strongly influenced by Tū Rangatira – Māori Medium Educational Leadership Philosophy. This style celebrates and utilises everyone’s strengths, creating a highly effective collective team.

Lastly, but most importantly, I enjoy learning with students and their Whānau. I feel so privileged every day to come to Deanwell School and create the best learning possible for our students.

Ngā Mihi



When enrolling your child we will need you to complete an enrolment form, provide a copy of your child’s birth certificate/passport, immunisation records, along with any extra information that the school needs to be made aware of.

Our Vision

Mā tātou anō tō mātou korowai e whatu

we will weave our own korowai

Our Values

M Manaakitanga – We Care and show Respect

Aumangea – We are Brave and Resilient

N Ngātahi – We are Together

A Ako – We Lead and Learn

About Deanwell

Deanwell School was first opened in 1973 and is recognised as the first open planned school in New Zealand. The designers received architectural awards for their innovations. The school is a contributing primary school, catering for students in Years 0 to 6. It is located in the south-west area of Hamilton.

Foundation pupils from 1973

Deanwell consists of 16 permanent classrooms and up to 18 by the year end. It has a beautiful library, two adventure playgrounds, one junior and one senior and attractive grounds that feature large mature trees, spacious areas for students to play along with a quiet area to enjoy the peace and shade. The school is proud of its large swimming pool and undercover astroturf. Deanwell Park is on the Western boundary which increases available space for play and games.

It is our people that make Deanwell School unique, our students, parents, staff, Board of Trustees & our wider community. Our people are committed to making Deanwell School the best learning environment. We care about past experiences & care about creating new learning opportunities.

Our weekly Tumuaki Update promotes our caring culture & fosters a strong communication link for our families. When developing policies and practices for our school every endeavour is made to reflect New Zealand’s cultural diversity & the unique position of the Maori culture.