Mahaanui (Woodend/Pegasus) Learning Community Cluster

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This learning community cluster includes three state primary schools and three early childhood providers.




  1. Tuahiwi School
  2. Waikuku School
  3. Woodend School

Early childhood education (ECE)

There are 130 licensed spaces across the early childhood education (ECE) providers in this cluster, including 22 for children under two years of age. At July 2011, 203 children were enrolled at early childhood services in this cluster, 22 were under two. All 68 new entrant students who enrolled at a school in the Woodend/Pegasus Cluster in the year to March 2012 had attended an ECE service. All 21 Māori new entrant students and the one Pasifika new entrant had attended an ECE service.


  1. Woodend Playcentre
  2. Tuahiwi Community Pre-school
  3. Woodend Preschool and Nursery

ECE services are independently owned and managed.

School governance

There are three types of schools: state, private (or registered or independent) and state integrated schools. State integrated schools are former private schools which, while now “integrated” into the state system, also provide programmes around their particular religious or learning philosophy.

State and state integrated schools, while government funded, are managed by boards of trustees. Private schools receive only partial funding from the Government. Day to day management of all schools is the responsibility of the principal.

The Crown is responsible for property provision for state schools to ensure students have access to their closest school. The proprietors of state integrated and private schools are responsible for their own buildings. The Woodend Pegasus cluster does not include any state integrated schools.

School boards are required to develop individual charters and annual plans and report their performance against these.  You will be able to access the school charter from your school or on Find a school.

Education Review Office (ERO) reports on school and early childhood performance are publicly available.

Woodend Pegasus cluster ERO review cycle

Tuahiwi School 3 years
Waikuku School Under Review
Woodend School 3 years


School roll changes

Image showing total Woodend Pegasus cluster March roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012

Total cluster March roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012


In March 2010, prior to the earthquakes, the primary schools in this cluster provided teaching and learning to 177 students. While individual rolls have fluctuated, the combined primary roll in this cluster has increased by 88 to 265 at March 2012.

Individual school March rolls, 2008, 2010, and 2012:

Note: only roll data for primary schools in this cluster is displayed.

Image showing Woodend Pegasus cluster – Individual schools roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012

Woodend Pegasus cluster – Individual schools roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012


The following chart shows the ethnic composition of the combined cluster school rolls by percentage of total combined roll

Image showing ethnic composition of Woodend Pegasus cluster.

Woodend Pegasus cluster: ethnic composition.


Education achievement

National Standards aim to lift achievement in literacy and numeracy (reading, writing, and mathematics) by being clear about what students should achieve and by when. Boards are required to report on learner’s achievement for 2011 in their 2012 Annual Report. You will be able to access National Standards data for your school from the Find a school section of the Education Counts website as soon as this information is available.

Special Education

Special Education delivers specialist services and support to learners with special education needs across this cluster. This includes support to early childhood education, schools, teachers, parents, families and whānau.

Māori and Pasifika provision

Māori-medium education programmes involve students being taught either all or some curriculum subjects in the Māori language, either in immersion (Māori language only) or bilingual (Māori and English) programmes. Māori bilingual provision in this cluster is delivered at Tuahiwi School. There is no Pasifika language provision in this cluster.


There is no specific technology provision located in this cluster. Schools are likely to be accessing it in neighbouring clusters.

Land – State schools only

School sites sit outside the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) land classification process and will not be given any Technical Category foundation rankings. The land in the surrounding residential area has not been classified by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA). Geotechnical assessments on the state school sites in this cluster indicate land issues will not compromise continued education provision.

Further Ministry commissioned assessments may be required at a later date, should any of these sites be further developed.

Buildings – State schools only

There are 30 teaching spaces included in the 3,455 square metres (of useable space) of teaching and learning and administration space across this cluster of state schooling provision. The teaching, learning and administrative space is incorporated into 36 actual buildings. All of these buildings suffered damage during the earthquakes.  Repairs have yet to be made to the building stock. Condition assessments confirm earthquake strengthening will be required, over time, across 13 of these buildings within the cluster.

Building condition information – State schools only


Number of buildings

Number of buildings with EQ damage

Number of buildings with strengthening required

Number of buildings with weather tightness repairs required

Number of buildings with both strengthening and weather tightness repairs

Tuahiwi School






Waikuku School






Woodend School












Based on March 2012 rolls a minimum of 24 teaching spaces will be required for ongoing teaching and learning in this cluster, as below.

School rolls and classroom numbers – State schools only


March 2010 roll

Classroom (no.) current (July 2012)

March 2012 roll

Estimated classrooms required at March 2012

Tuahiwi School





Waikuku School





Woodend School











The way forward

Extensive condition assessments and engineering investigations have confirmed all buildings in this cluster remain fit to occupy – unless already isolated. A number of the buildings across this cluster will, however, require remediation and strengthening over the longer-term.

Future planning

The earthquakes provide an opportunity, as outlined in the Education Renewal Recovery Programme [PDF; 881kb], to consider options for revitalising the greater Christchurch education network that go beyond simply replacing what was there. Discussions with schools, communities and providers within this cluster will be key to informing decisions around the future shape of education for the Woodend Pegasus education community. Ways to enhance infrastructure and address existing property issues, improve education outcomes, and consider future governance will form part of these discussions.

Community engagement

Cluster support  groups will be established to lead community engagement. The Ministry of Education will support these groups in providing information to their communities and gathering feedback to identify the preferred way forward. In line with the support signalled in the Education Renewal Recovery Programme [PDF; 881kb] for improved collaboration, this will provide an opportunity to gain further suggestions around shared provision across schools and services within specific areas of interest and the wider community, as appropriate. Boards will formally consult with their communities where closures or mergers are indicated.

Check out the engagement schedule for further details.

Secondary schooling

A separate discussion will also be held with state secondary schools around secondary provision going forward.

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