Our School 


Nau mai, haere mai
ki te Kura Tuatahi o Tauranga

Welcome to Tauranga Primary School


As Principal of Tauranga Primary School, I feel very privileged to lead a professional, caring and highly skilled staff. Support from whānau and our school community ensures that our learners experience a large variety of engaging learning opportunities, and benefit from a school environment with extensive resources and support programmes.  

TPS is a special place to learn and grow in.

Ngā manaakitanga

Fiona Hawes
Principal | Tumuaki




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Our school vision is:

Together, we are learning to go places | Akongia tātou, ngā haere ki wāhi kē 

Our vision statement reflects our desire to work in collaboration to engage, challenge and support our students, to grow their capabilities and dispositions as learners, so that they can thrive in learning and life.

Our school charter has three main strategic goals:

  • Ako - Leading, Learning and Teaching Practices:   Teaching and leadership practice is informed by research, coherent and responsive to our learners.


  • Whanaungatanga – Learning Community: Our school culture is collaborative and inclusive, based on relationships of care and connectiveness.


  • Tūrangawaewae – Learning Environment: Our school is a safe, well-resourced and inspiring learning environment.


Our TPS Kaupapa:

(principles/values that  are important to us)


Whanaungatanga - Relationships

Hauora - Well being

Ako - Learning 




Term Dates 2021

Term 1

Thursday 4th February 

Friday 16th April 

New Entrant cohort start dates:

1. 4/02/20212.

2. 15/03/2021 


Waitangi Day - 8th February (School Closed)

19th March – Teacher Only Day (School Closed)

Easter - 2nd , 5th & 6th April (School Closed)

Term 2

Monday 3rd May

Friday 9th July 

New Entrant cohort start dates:

1.  3/05/2021

2.  8/06/2021 (Tuesday)


Queen’s Birthday - 7th June (School Closed)

2nd July – Teacher Only Day (School Closed)

Term 3

Monday 26th July

Friday 1st October 

New Entrant cohort start dates:

1.  26/07/2021

2.  30/08/2021


27th August – Teacher Only Day – (School Closed)

Term 4

Monday 18th October 

Wednesday 15th December - school closes at 12pm

Teacher Only Day 16th December 

New Entrant cohort start dates

1.  18/10/2021

2. 15/11/2021


Labour Day - 25th October (School Closed)



Term Dates 2022

Term 1

Wednesday 2nd February
to Thursday 14th April
Waitangi Day - 7th February 
Teacher Only Day - 18th March (School Closed)
Easter Friday - 15th April 

Term 2

Monday 2nd May
to Friday  8th July
Queen’s Birthday - 6th June (School Closed)
Teacher Only Day - 3rd June (School Closed)
Matariki - 24th June (School Closed)

Term 3

Monday 25th July
to Friday 30th September

Term 4

Monday 17th October
to Thursday 15th December - school closes at 12pm
Labour Day - 24th October (School Closed)

Our Pou

Story of our pou...

Taurikura Pou

Mauao Pou

Our History

Tauranga Primary School was first established as a Missionary School in 1835 by Sarah Wade, the wife of the Rev. R. W. Wade, on the site where 'The Elms' now stands.

The school (a raupo hut) was responsible for educating 30 local children.

Bishop Selwyn produced the plans for an imposing two storied gable building, with a belfry, to become a 'Mission Training Institute' for 60 young Māori children to be trained in various crafts and agriculture. This building was opened in 1860.

With a growing conflict between Māori and Europeans, the Institute was closed in 1863 and was used as a hospital during the Gate Pa Battles. After the hospital closed, the Institute was turned back into a school (in approx. 1886) with Mrs Dalziell as the teacher and a roll of 50 students. On Monday 9 January 1871, The Central Education Board took over the operation of the school, paying Mrs Dalziell £40 per year and expecting the community to match this figure. From that date Tauranga District School was established.

In 1872, the school was moved onto land between St Johns Street and 10th Avenue. Three further rooms were built and both Māori and European children were taught.

In 1880 a second site closer to town was purchased on the corner of Harrington Street and Cameron Road, where the current Court House is situated. This No. 2 school was built at a cost of £1,070.

In 1904, at a cost of £432, the No 2 School was moved to its current location and the No.1 school buildings were sold. The Tauranga District School roll continued to grow, and in 1920 the junior school was relocated onto land bordering 5th and 6th Avenues. In 1944 the building of Tauranga College  commenced (opening in 1946 and later renamed Tauranga Boys College) and the school, on this present site, was renamed Tauranga Primary School.



School Houses


In 2014 we introduced a House system for our students. The intention is for the House system to add to our school culture and encourage a sense of team and healthy competition. We have several House Spirit days during the year, where students are encouraged to wear the colour of their house to school. Each term the winning House wears their House tee shirt on the last day of term, and has an extended lunch break. We award the coveted House Shield at the end of each year to the overall winning House.




Takitimu was a sacred waka that sailed through the Pacific as part of the seven canoe migration to Aotearoa. Takitimu was led by Tamatea and first landed up north before coming to Tauranga. Tamatea chose to stay here in Tauranga and is buried on Mauao.



Puriri is a native evergreen tree. TPS has two puriri trees on site. With one of the two trees planted by the Principal (Mr A Bell) and Head Prefects (Lyn Christian and Gordan Riggir) of Tauranga District High School to commemorate the coronation of King George 6 on the 12 May 1937.



Huria is the local Marae affiliated to Tauranga Primary School. Dr Maharaia Winiata, a prominent Maori leader from Huria, was a past student of Tauranga Primary School.



Mauao is our mountain. Mauao is of great cultural significance to our region. Tauranga’s three Iwi, Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi, and Ngati Pukenga, regard Mauao as their most sacred mountain.





Sport @ TPS


Throughout the year there are many fun and competitive sports on offer at TPS. Your child may benefit in many ways through playing a team sport. Through sport, children can develop their sporting skills, increase their self confidence, make new friends and have loads of fun. Sport teams that play in competitions outside of school hours include netball, miniball, basketball, volleyball, cricket, water polo, hockey and rippa rugby. During term time we host various school events such as Swimming Sports, Cross Country and Athletics. Parents are welcome to attend these events. We ask that children wear their house colours or house shirts on any day they are competing in a school sports' event.


Sport Co-ordinator
Jo Taele



Lunch Orders

Pita Pit- Friday

Pita Pit order and payment is via the School Shop only.
Pita Pit orders must be placed before 9:00 am on Fridays.

School Shop - registered users
School Shop - new users


Together, we are learning to go places Akongia Tātou ngā haere ki wāhi kē