July 22

Welcome ~ Nau Mai Haere Mai


Our school has 13 classes.  The current roll of 300 is represented by New Zealand European (67%), Maori (21%), European (6%), Pasifika (3%) and Asian (3%). Māori children whakapapa to Kai Tahu, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu and other iwi.

Our 2015 Education Review Office report concluded that we are a high performing school and are very well placed to sustain good practices and to continue to improve.  All involved with Tainui School collaborate to enhance and extend our long and proud record.

Our philosophy is to enable each child to achieve his or her personal best across a balanced curriculum in an environment which is secure, stimulating and friendly. Self-esteem, success, motivation and confidence to learn and function in New Zealand’s society are fostered. Parent and community interest, involvement and support are valued and encouraged.  Our vision and philosophy is developed and taught through our school values, quality teaching, and the Principles and Key Competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum. All of these aspects are underpinned and supported by our Positive Education Programme which focuses on positive identity and relationships.

The teaching team is experienced, capable and committed to high quality teaching and learning, and to nurturing and valuing the individuality of all children. There is a strong focus on quality literacy and numeracy programmes supported by a highly effective and engaging wider curriculum.

We celebrate and embrace our Māori heritage through the teaching of Te Reo and a focus on tikanga. We have a strong kapa haka group known as Rehutai, an active Whānau Rōpu, and some of our bilingual students attend Kā Puananī – a full immersion Māori programme which is run one day a week off-site for tamariki across Dunedin.

A strong partnership has been established with parents and caregivers, who actively support the school.  The Board of Trustees is dedicated to effective governance – delivering on the expectations of the school community and working collaboratively with the Principal and staff.  There is also a proacive Parent Teacher Association.

“Learning.  Contributing.  Flourishing.”  These three words encapsulate what belonging to Tainui School is all about.