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 and highly skilled staff. Support from parents and our school community ensures that our learners receive a variety of 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. 


This vision statement reflects our desire to work collaboratively 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 kaupapa is focused on three strategic goals:


  • Whanaungatanga – Learning Community: Work in collaboration with our school community, to create an inclusive learning culture. We aim to be a culturally responsive learning community, developing relationships of care and connectedness.


  • Ako - Learning and teaching: Grow the professional capacity of our staff, so that practices are informed by the latest research and are both deliberate and responsive to our learners.


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



Term Dates 2019

Term 1

Monday 4 February
to Friday 12 April
10 weeks
Waitangi Day - Wednesday 6 February (School Closed)
Teacher Only Day - Monday 18th March 


Term 2

Monday 29 April
to Friday 5 July
10 weeks

Queen’s Birthday - Monday 3 June (School Closed)

Term 3

Monday 22 July
to Friday 27 September
10 weeks

Term 4

Monday 14 October
to Thursday 19 December
10 weeks
Labour Day - Monday 28 October (school closed)



Term Dates 2020

Term 1

Monday 3rd February
to Thursday 9th April

Term 2

Tuesday 28th April
to Friday 3rd July

Term 3

Monday 20th July
to Friday 25th September

Term 4

Monday 12th October
to Thursday 17th December

History of Tauranga Primary

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 1958 Tauranga Boys’ College was built and the school was renamed Tauranga 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.





Sports @ TPS


Throughout the year there are many fun and competitive sports on offer at TPS. There are many benefits to your child playing in 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 tee shirts on any day they are competing in a school sport event.


Sport Coordinator
Jo Taele



Lunch Orders


Twice a week (Tuesday and Friday), there are lunch orders available for delivery to school.

Sushi - Tuesday

Sushi is ordered through a local restaurant (K-Sushi). It is a cash only system. Individual envelopes for orders are available in the school office at the student counter. Orders must be placed by Monday afternoon to be available for collection and preparation by K-Sushi.

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