a community
of learners

Our school first opened its doors in 1872, five years before primary school education became compulsory in New Zealand. It has remained at the forefront of best practices in educational research since its inception, and over the decades it has seen future prime ministers, leading business people, and national sports representatives spend their formative years in its care.

The school is the largest primary school in the province of Northland. We have a diverse population representing over 25 different nationalities, reflecting the increasingly multi-cultural make up of our country.

Our educational programme reflects a core commitment to ensuring that our young people are well equipped to take their place in an increasingly inter-connected and globalised world. Our school vision, "Kiwi Kids who are global citizens equipped for success as lifelong learners" is at the heart of this commitment. We emphasise the need for strong academic achievement while we collectively stress the development of qualities essential to good character and citizenship, such as respect, concern for others, and personal responsibility.

Notable Students

Sir John Marshall

Prime Minister of New Zealand, 1972

AH Reed

One of New Zealand’s most influential literary figures in the 20th century

A Future Student

Something Awesome

Brooke Neal

New Zealand Hockey team at the 2016 Olympics

Shay Neal

New Zealand Hockey team at the 2016 Olympics

Bevan Holmes

All Black 1970 – 1973

Michael Hill

Specialty Jewellery entrepreneur with more than 300 stores worldwide.