ANZAC Day 2018

On 25th April 2018 a service was held at the Makara Cenotaph to commemorate ANZAC Day.  It was a very moving service with touching personal stories from people in the community and the playing of the last post, raising and lowering of the flag.  MMS students played a part in the service by beautifully reading poems and readings and laying wreaths on behalf of the school.

Our New Bike Track – Bikes in Schools

Our new bike track opened in February 2018, it is amazing.  Thanks to WCC – Bikes in Schools and Meridian for their support to get this project up and going.  Our students and staff are loving the bike track and all the learning opportunities it presents.

Makara School Reunion – 150 years

Saturday 22 October – 10.00 am onwards

Makara school is 150 years old this year – so if you attended Makara School, either the original School (now housing the Makara Play Group) or the current one, we would love to see you in Makara on Saturday 22 October.

A small group is organizing this special day to celebrate, and we need to get a handle on how many might be able to come.  We have heard that many are intending to come, but few have actually advised their attendance.

There will be a morning tea at the Makara Hall, with registration, followed by tours of both the school buildings and entertainment from the current students, along with photos with your class year attendees, ending with a late lunch and an opportunity to talk and remember the old days with all your school friends.   Dig out your old family and school photos, and bring them along.   There will be a charge of $30 pp for the morning tea and lunch, collected on the day.

Please let all your friends and family know about this special day through your contacts, email, Facebook, etc and ask them to contact Christine Grace on email or  phone 04 476 8176 or 0275 620108 so that a list can be compiled, and information can be sent to as many former students as possible so that they can attend.


Thank you.

We are very proud of our six students who showed great bravery and courage during the bus accident on Friday the 18th March. Here they are receiving a special award from the New Zealand police.


Flag Referendum

On Friday 28th March our Senior students ran a debate for the voting of the flag. Both sides had a strong case, it was hard to choose a winner. All the students then officially voted for the flag they preferred. The majority of the votes were to keep the current flag.

Karori Youth Awards 2015

Karori Youth Awards 2015

On September 16th two Makara Model School students recieved GOLD awards at the annual Karori Youth Awards.  Congratulations to Maddie Fraser for her award for Accademic Improvement and to Veryan Straight for her award for service to the school community.  Both students are amazing role models for everyone in our school!  Well done.

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Swim Safe Assembly

We had a fantastic assembly to celebrate being awarded State Kiwi Swim Safe of the Year.  It was wonderful to meet Emma Robinson and Isaac Foote (both regional high performance swimmers) who came along to share their experiences with the children and join in our celebration.  The children made decorated cupcakes and letters spelling out SWIM SAFE SCHOOL AWARD 2014.  All the children were given a set of Swim Safe Goggles (from the school) and a beautifully decorated gingerbread person (dressed in togs) donated by Meridian.  The children and all our guests enjoyed the cupcakes and gingerbread people after the assembly.  We are very proud to have been recognised in this way by Swimming NZ as we strive for excellence in all things.


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WRHPC swimmers visit Makara Model School

14th May 2014

Two Wellington Regional High Performance Centre (WRHPC) swimmers visited the Swimming New Zealand State Kiwi Swim Safe School of the Year this week.

Emma Robinson and Isaac Foote stopped in at Makara Model School in Wellington on Tuesday to share some of their own swimming experiences with the award winning school and its students.

The swimmers captivated their young audience with their own learn to swim stories and about the hard work they have put in to pursue their dreams to swim for the country.

Both Robinson and Foote are competing at the upcoming Oceania Championships which they spoke about with the students and their parents. They also spoke about this year’s Commonwealth Games, which Robinson is competing at.

Students were excited to hear about all the travel that Robinson and Foote have been able to do through their swimming, with Robinson sharing about her next trip to Spain for altitude training before the Games.

Makara Model School Principal, Gail Dewar, said it is exciting that “the kids will now be able to see a swimmer that they have met actually swimming at the Commonwealth Games”.

She added that the students are going to watch Emma’s races on the big screen at school and are planning to write her good luck letters too.

The children also got a chance to ask Robinson and Foote their own questions. The eager audience keen to know things like who their swimming idols were and what their best swimming stroke was.

Swimming New Zealand Swim Safe Advisor, Sarah Gibbison, was also there and said it was a great day celebrating the school’s award and great to see all the students talking about how much they love swimming.