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Nau mai, haere mai – Welcome to Te Aro School

About Us

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 220 students, who come from over 30 different cultural backgrounds. As a school community, we are proud of and celebrate our school’s rich 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.

Our aspirations for rangatahi leaving our school focus on attributes such as confidence, kindness, curiosity, and resilience.

The Te Aro School’s Board and staff 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.

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