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About Our School

Situated in the heart of the ‘birthplace of the nation’ Paihia School boasts a proud tradition of bi-culturalism, innovation and achievement.

Underpinning the culture of the school is a philosophy that puts people above all else. The school’s focus is simply stated in its charter… “Paihia School is a place of learning. When students leave our school at the end of year 8 we want them to be fully prepared for their continuing education, wherever it may take place. We want all people involved in the school to experience a warm caring and supportive environment that provides challenge, support and reward for success.

We promote self-acceptance and the acceptance of others, self pride and responsibility and adhere to the philosophy of “treat others as you would like to be treated”. We celebrate our cultural heritage and we value the contributions all cultures make to our society.

There are nine classrooms. Paihia School has several staff in teacher support roles with a range of responsibilities from managing the school office, to the library, to the IT network. We provide a Reading Recovery programme. The school also has a library, Wharenui, solar heated swimming pool, pump track, adventure playgrounds and large playing field.

The current school roll is approximately 170, and has been on the increase over the past several years. The school is classified as a Decile 4 school.  The school’s ethnic composition is comprised of 55% Māori, 35% New Zealand European and 10% from other ethnic groups.

Children attending the school come from a wide variety of social and economic backgrounds, due to the unique nature of the population in the Paihia School area. Our children come from the Paihia, Waitangi, Opua and Haruru Falls areas.