“Pathways for Success”

Caring Atmosphere

Caring atmosphere

We think of ways to make someone’s day.

Enthusiastic thinkers

We show how we can be there by being engaged in our learning.

Positive interactors

We choose our attitudes to keep everybody happy and smiling.


We can manage our own learning in different ways.

Effective communicators

We communicate our ideas in our learning.

Fish! Philosophy Values

Our school values are based on The Fish! Philosophy. We embed these in all areas of our school life, particularly our PB4L programme.

1. Choose your attitude
Our staff and students choose the right attitude all day every day.  We realise that we have a choice about how we approach our day.
2. Be there
We support each other and are also engaged and involved in our learning.
3. Make someone’s day
We love to work hard to make someone’s day by sharing a story written for a proud parent, a morning tea put on for staff or a trip to the Principal to show him some fantastic learning!
4. Play
We also value having fun when at Gilberthorpe School.  Fun with our classmates, our teachers and our whole community.


The school is situated adjacent to a site where Māori once rested and cooked food in earth ovens, on what was the banks of the Waimakariri River. In 1860 the Gilberthorpes, from Hull in England, purchased the site for farming. The original homestead being on the site where Te Puawaitanga ki Otautahi Trust is situated today. The school itself was constructed in 1956 and opened its doors for the first students in 1957. Te Taumutu Rūnanga have named our school ‘Ara Tū Whakatā’, a stopping place on the pathway for refreshment.

Annual Plan 2024

Our Strategic Plan shows our overarching goals and the strategies we will use to reach these.

Strategic_Annual Plan 2024