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Ending the school year

Kia ora e te whānau,

The end of the school year is fast approaching. We are making plans for our move into the new classroom block; farewelling our current Year 8 students who will be leaving us on Wednesday 16 December; making plans for several of our annual events including Pack the Bus and Big Day In; and hosting the parents and whanau thank you morning tea. Do keep your eye out for updates of our end-of-year events in the school newsletter. 

When we move into the new block all our classes will be based up and around the main block as we will be vacating the classrooms down in South block. As a staff team we are excited that we will all be in the one area as it will further strengthen our sense of feeling united as a school.  

The junior classes in South block; and Bernice and Cathie will all be on the move too. Bernice and Cathie will be relocating to Ruma Ti in the main building (that’s the classroom beside the library). Our current Year 5 – 8 students (that’s Ray, Walter, Tessa, and Mathew’s classes) will be moving into the new classroom block. We look forward to inviting you to have a tour of the new teaching spaces after our move into the block.  

Anna and Kate will be moving with their Year 3 & 4 classes into East block (that’s Ruma Nikau and Ruma Kauri). Moving into Ruma Tawa and Ruma Tarata will be Andy and Caoimhe’s Year 2 and 3 classes. Kristin, Daphne, and Miriam are remaining in Ruma Matai.   

In the final weeks of the school year work will begin down on the lower playground to dismantle the school pool and South block. During this building phase we will not have access to the lower playground as there will be a great number of trucks moving in and out of this area. This restricted access will also be after school and in the weekends while the demolition work is completed. Thank you in advance for your support around not using this area of the school.

Accessing the school 

While the demolition work is taking place, the main drive will only be accessible for vehicles up as far as the gravel car park (halfway up the main drive). You will however once again be able to park in the northern car park which has most recently been part of the building site. Please look out for parking arrangement updates in the school newsletter. 

At COVID 19 Alert 1 

We are asking for your support in the following ways:

  • We need to be able to know who our staff and students have been in close contact with. Please continue using the school’s QR code when you come up onto the school site. 
  • It is important both at school and at home, that we all practise safe hygiene habits. This includes coughing and sneezing into your elbows, washing your hands with soap, and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.
  • Any students and staff who are sick need to stay at home and not attend school. We will be sending anyone home if they show any signs of being unwell. Symptoms include: 
    • a cough
    • A high temperature of at least 38°C
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sore throat
    • Sneezing and a runny nose
    • Temporary loss of smell

New entrant enrolments for 2020

If you have neighbours or near neighbours who have a child turning five in 2021 can you please encourage them to contact the school office to make a time to visit the school and to get an enrolment form? This will help us in our planning for 2021.  

Nga mihi mahana,



Tumuaki | Principal

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Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou  

Te Aro School is a vibrant and bustling learning environment where diversity is valued. I love being here! I love the school’s cultural mix, the staff team, the students and the fact that we are a hidden gem on the edge of the city. It still amazes me that so many Wellingtonians don’t even know there is a school at this end of The Terrace.

We are a full primary school catering for new entrant to Year 8 (5 years – 13 years old) children. We have 9 classrooms catering for a roll of approximately 240. We are about to begin a major building project that we will see us having a new four classrooms built for our Year 5 – 8 students.

Many of our students speak English as their second or third language. These students are well supported by our experienced ESOL trained teacher and the teaching team as a whole.

Across the school all students participate in te reo and tikanga Maori lessons. We are proud of our school’s kapa haka group and our tradition of welcoming formally each term all new staff and students at a school powhiri.  We continue to strengthen this aspect of our curriculum.

On an annual basis in Term 3 the school celebrates the arts with the school presenting either a school-wide art exhibition or a school production. Both the art exhibition and school production are wonderful ways for the school to celebrate our students’ creativity, their curiosity, their innovation, and their perseverance.

A commitment by the school and the wider school community to environmental sustainability is recognised in a number of key initiatives including the up-keep of our vegetable gardens; a small orchard of fruit trees, a native plant garden and skink garden; a joint community and school project that built an up-cycled greenhouse; and the maintenance of our school bee hives.

Students across the school participate in Mandarin language and Chinese cultural classes led by our Mandarin language Assistant (MLA) from China and supported by one of our teachers.

The school’s four values of whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga and ako underpins all our work together.

If you are a prospective family to our school I look forward to welcoming you to our school community.

Please feel free to email me on , call in, or make a time to meet with me if you would like to share your thoughts about how you or your child are experiencing the learning opportunities here at Te Aro School.

Sue Clement



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