Our School

Our School


Growing success together: today for tomorrow

Whakatupu ana i te huarahi pai mo naianei me apopo


Kia tika Respect

Kia mahara Responsibility

Kia manawanui Resilience

Kia pono Equity

Kia nga wari Kindness

Our Guiding Principles

In accord with our community foci we believe that this is best achieved by: strong and continuing community engagement; high-quality teaching practice, which is well supported by professional learning; well-resourced learning environments, with an emphasis on information technology; being well informed by current research; an environment of respect for the students and their whanau, combined with appropriate balance of challenge, honest engagement about student achievement, and support for fostering a sense of responsibility for learning. We also see enjoyment, encouragement and a strong yet caring character as central to our purpose.

We will meet the cultural diversity of our students and support the unique position of Māori in New Zealand society by:

Acknowledging and upholding the tenets of the Treaty of Waitangi – partnership, participation, inclusion and consultation.

Valuing the heritage, the culture and the people.

Reflecting on the nature of biculturalism in classrooms and around the school.

Focusing on Māori achievement. This includes the teaching of Te Reo Maori (Maori Language) in a capacity suitable for a school of our size and context.

Employing teaching practices which support Māori learning, and which encourage Māori to achieve and succeed as Māori.

Our Graduate Student Profile

By the end of Year 8 students leaving Kaingaroa School will be:

  • well connected to family, friends and their cultural identity
  • strong in the demonstration of the key values of respect, resilience, responsibility and equity
  • confident communicators who are able to adapt and problem solve, working collaboratively
  • honest and reliable citizens who demonstrate a kaitiaki role as caring for the environment
  • able to succeed academically artistically, physically and emotionally
  • able to participate and contribute within our community

Our History

Kaingaroa School, a small rural school near Kaitaia caters for students from Year 1 – 8. The School was first established in the Kaingaroa River valley in 1873/74 (although it was known at the time as Mangatete Maori School). Over 130 years later, it is a thriving U3 full primary school with a current roll of 120 students and five classrooms. Kaingaroa is set in rolling farm land on State Highway 10 half way between the beautiful Doubtless Bay on the east coast and Kaitaia near the west coast. The children come predominantly from the Karikari Peninsula and from outside the current school zone.

Kaingaroa School is set on a beautiful raised site that is established with lovely gardens and extensive landscaping, well cared for ‘older’ classrooms, more recently built ‘modern’ classrooms and the recently opened multi-purpose hall/gymnasium. It is also well resourced with a large in-ground pool and 100 square metres of shade cloth over the well-equipped playground. Student art is displayed across the property and is a key feature of the physical surrounds.