Fordell School - Innovation in the country



A warm welcome to Fordell School, a rural year 1-8 school of 135 students in the heart of a fabulous farming community, only 10 minutes from Whanganui. 

Please contact the school office for information or an enrolment pack.

2024 School Term Dates

Term 1: Thursday 1 February - Friday 12 April (Easter falls during Term 1)

Term 2: Monday 29 April - Friday 5 July

Term 3: Monday 22 July - Friday 27 September

Term 4:  Monday 14 October - Tuesday 17 December TBC

Fordell School Vision: 

"Growing Empowered Navigators Together" 


Our Values

 (Our values are our cornerstones/expectations in learning and behaviour)


-    Persevere

-    Make good and honest choices

-    Show confidence


-    Show empathy

-    Pride for myself and school

-    Work as a team


-    Speak with and show respect

-    Let others learn

-    Caring for equipment and property


-    Ready to learn

-    Be committed 

-    Take ownership for my choices

Learning Muscles: 

The 4Rs(KCs)


-      I display a ‘can do’ attitude and give things a go.

-      I accept challenges and disappointments as a natural part of my learning.

-      I know my strengths and actively work on my next steps.


-      I express my ideas confidently and creatively.

-      I confidently use digital technology.

-      I make and create meaning


-      I reflect on my learning.

-      I think creatively and critically.

-      I am curious about the world and ask questions.


-      I value and respect the views of others.

-      I enthusiastically participate and contribute my ideas.

-      I am an active listener and learn from others.

-      I am responsible for own actions and choices.