Our Vision…

Creating a love of learning within a safe, caring, respectful, sustainable environment where individual excellence and diversity is valued.

Principal’s Message:

Kia ora Parents, Caregivers, Whānau and Friends of our School,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Goldfields School community – children, parents, and staff for the support I have received during my twelve and half years as Principal. I was very humbled by last Thursday evening’s formal farewell, not only by our children’s outstanding pantomime performances, their performance of the school haka, and their very strong rendition of ‘Mati mahi ka ora’, and the involvement of the Cromwell College Kapahaka group (many of whom are ex Goldfields Students); but also by the attendance of many invited guests, all of whom have been special to me during my time at Goldfields. Sincere thanks to Anna, Linda, Jac, Rebecca and the Board for organising this ‘Extravaganza’, which will leave me with lasting memories of our school, and the amazing people who work so hard to support our children to give them the  best possible learning opportunities.

I would like to acknowledge the vision, commitment and dedication of the Boards of Trustees members, very ably lead by Tony Clarke, Mike Cook, Sean Guildford and Maree Piebenga, all of whom have given me 100% support over the years. Our Friends of the School committees, have also worked tirelessly to support our children, with many fundraising ventures, that I estimate have raised in excess of $200,000 for our school. Karleigh, Mel and our Whanau o Goldfields Roopu have been critical in strengthening our children’s knowledge of Tikanga and Te Reo Maori, and the high performance standard of our Kapahaka group, Nga Mokopuna o Kopuwai. Thank you for your hard work over the years. Our staff numbers have certainly grown since 2005, but the one constant is the high standard of teaching and learning evident in all classes, the strong support from mon-teaching staff, and the very able leadership provided by our senior management team. It is the community involvement in our school,  and the value added by all people who work for our children, that has contributed to ERO endorsing our school as a ‘high performing school’ in each of the three reviews held during my time as Principal.

I leave Goldfields with the knowledge that our school is in good heart, with a strong team guiding our children, and with Anna’s very capable leadership. John and I are looking forward to commencing a new phase in our lives, spending more time with family and on the recreation activities we enjoy, travelling, and continuing to help with community work. Cromwell will continue to be our home, but our crib at Pounawea will be our ‘second home’. Thanks to everyone who has offered kind wishes for my retirement, and to the children for their smiles and their hugs.

I wish Andrew Read and Danielle Brockie all the best for their future careers and thank them for  their contributions  to our school.

Ka pai to hararei. Have a safe holiday.  Nga mihi nui, Sharon.



Key Links:


2017 Athletics Day Timetable

Central Otago Kids Duathlon – Goldfields School Fundraiser Entry Form

Primary Schools Cromwell Zone Review: Descriptions and Maps


trophy-winners-20162016 Trophy Winners: Individual Excellence – Kaia; Contributions to the Life of the School – Natalia; Anderson Family Trophy for stepping up as a year 6 – Sam and Mac (Joint winners); Dalzell Family Trophy for positivity, courage and kindness – Isabella; Whanau Trophy, Kiwi – Leaders, Casey and Natalia.