Eskdale School


In Spring the Kuaka or Godwit depart from their breeding nests in the great Siberian and Alaskan tundra and return to the rich feeding grounds provided by Aotearoa’s  tidal flats and coastal marshes. In ancient times this annual arrival of the Kuaka was looked as a great event.    

Kuaka on the wing are known as "waka kuaka”. Their cries are loud as they fly along. During daylight the ancestors followed the course of the flight in their canoes by observing the direction of the flight. In the night they would listen for the cries of the Kuaka on their way to the south above the fleet of canoes and so be guided by them

Ko te kaupapa waka kit e moana hoe ai ko te kahui atua kit e ranga rere ai

Whilst the fleet of canoes over the ocean are paddled, the flocks of gods are above in the heavens flying


We are strong and determined Year 7 & 8's working in a blended and modern learning environment who are focused on developing and fostering a Growth Mindset to achieve our goals.  We  are always striving to improve and move forward with our learning,  setting challenging goals and being great role models We also focus on gaining a readiness to move onto new challenges