About Us

Our School. Our People

Our Mission

To empower and prepare our tamariki by teaching them to value learning, identity, community and place.

Our Values

KAITIAKITANGA | Sustainability
WHANAUNGATANGA | Relationships
MANAWAROA | Resilience

Our School

Granity School is set in one of the most picturesque locations in, 26 kms north of Westport on the West Coast, South Island of Aotearoa. We are a full primary school (years 0-8) nestled between the beautiful native bush and the sea, with a sub-tropical climate. The roll at Granity Kura fluctuates between 25-30 students coming from the six small townships of Seddonville, Mokihinui, Hector, Ngakawau, Birchfield and Waimangaroa, as well as Granity itself. The school is situated on 2.3 hectares of land and the grounds include an adventure playground, asphalt court, playing fields and a fabulous view of the magnificent Tasman sea on our boundary with many dolphin sightings playing in the waves.
Our classrooms are north facing creating bright sunny learning environments. There is a play centre facility located on the western end of the school building.

Teaching and Learning

Granity School developed its curriculum delivery in line with the requirements of the New Zealand Curriculum. These documents acknowledge the foundational learning of literacy and numeracy, they are conceptually based and built on existing knowledge at each level and promote integrated learning in all curriculum areas.
Granity School promotes the acceptance of self-responsibility as a learner, problem-solving, perseverance, resilience and independent thinking to encourage children to be happy and prepared for the world. Our vision statement is “Empowering Curious Minds” and this is reflected in all delivery of our varied and diverse curriculum as are our values of Respect, Relationships, Resilience and Sustainability. Granity Kura is part of the Buller Kahui Ako and we are an active participant in the Enviroschools programme.

The unique educational offering we have at Granity includes not only the core fundamentals of the NZ curriculum but numerous opportunities that are associated with and abound in the stunning location we are fortunate to be in, the smaller class sizes, great teachers and very special character of our lovely rural Kura.

Office Hours

Monday- Friday


Our People

Gemma Rout

Principal and yr 0-3 classroom teacher.
Room Piwakawaka

Aaron Skerrett

yr 0-3, Room Piwakawaka
BOT Staff Trustee

Rachel Ferguson

Support Staff
Board Secretary

India Lillis

Yr 4-8 
Room Tūī

Rob Colligan

Classroom Release Teacher
Room Tūī

Maria Paz de Mumm

Support Staff

Annie Mcbride

Office Manager

Brett Partel

Caretaker / Groundsman

Rob Burdekin

BOT Presiding Member

Remus Potts

Parent Elect Trustee

Paul Mumm

Parent Elect Trustee

Sharon Marsh

Co-Opt Trustee


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Get In Touch

Location: 83 Torea St, Granity 7823

Telephone: 03-782 8109
Email: office@granity.school.nz
School Hours: M-F: 8.00am - 3.00pm