Principal’s message

Tēnā koutou katoa. Nau mai haere mai ki te Kura o Te Aro.

Ko Matairangi te Maunga
Ko Raukawa te Moana
Ko Waimapihi te awa
Ko Te Atiawa te iwi
Ko te Kura o Te Aro tō tātou pou herenga waka
Ko Te Aro te kura
Ko tēnei te pēpeha o te Kura nei.
Te Aro School is a vibrant inner-city full primary school in the heart of Wellington. The school caters for students from Years 0 – 8. It provides a wide and varied curriculum. We are situated on The Terrace just below Victoria University of Wellington and just above the Cuba Street and Aro Valley communities.
Te Aro is one of New Zealand’s oldest schools, opening in 1854. Te Aro is, however, not the oldest school in Wellington. That title goes to Thorndon, which opened two years earlier than Te Aro.
The school has a school roll of approximately 200 students, who come from over 30 different cultural backgrounds. As a school community, we are proud of and celebrate our school’s cultural and linguistic diversity.
Te Aro School is small enough so that all our children are known, they have a sense of place and belonging, and they feel safe and cared for at our kura.
The school’s values of whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, ako, and kaitiakitanga are central to the way we teach and learn at Te Aro. Discussing and reflecting on our values is an important part of our classroom programmes.
Our students, staff, and community describe Te Aro School as diverse, inclusive and caring.
The Te Aro School’s Board and staff are committed to providing a learning environment where students and their whanau feel like they belong. We see learning as a partnership between whanau, students and teachers. We celebrate collaborative team teaching opportunities where teachers and students learn from each other.
We believe that one size does not fit all. We see each student as an individual with their own strengths to nurture and develop. We want our students to know they are valued for who they are.
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum. We place an emphasis on the development of literacy and numeracy skills; collaborative and cooperative skills; an understanding of and commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and to Te Ao Maori; and an appreciation of the role of being a kaitiaki (guardian) of the world around us.
Keeping up-to date with school news
You can keep up to date with what is happening here at Te Aro by regularly checking our latest newsletters. You can also follow us on our school Facebook
New entrant enrolments for 2023
If you have neighbours or near neighbours who have a child turning five years old this year or in 2023 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 2023 and 2024
We have a number of places for out of zone enrolments in 2023. Please contact the school office on or Sue the principal on to discuss the possibilities of enrolling your child with us.
We look forward to your whanau joining our school community.
Sue Clement
If a child is absent for non-medical reasons, please let the school know beforehand.