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                                        Te Kura 0 Moturoa                                    Established 1923


Moturoa School is situated five minutes west of the city centre, close to Paritutu Rock and Ngāmotu Beach. It is surrounded by the beautiful native bush of Ngāmotu Domain, and is adjacent to the bustling Port of Taranaki. This provides a rich learning environment.

Exploration and  the natural world are integral to classroom programmes and our local curriculum. This approach has led Moturoa School to be awarded many regional and national awards for environmental education.

Trees for Survival  

Moturoa School was the first Trees for Survival School in Taranaki. Our propagation unit was established in December 1996. It is located in the school grounds close to classrooms.  The propagation unit is run by Bill Clarkson, who  is a passionate and expert Environmental Educator. He provides hands on lessons for students and teachers in the propagation unit. Several times a term, students get to work with Bill, learning about endangered native plant species unique to our area, and how to care for and propagate these.                                                                                                           The Native Plant Study Group is for senior students who demonstrate a genuine passion and enthusiasm for learning about native plants, habitats and ecosystems.  This programme has a particular focus on endangered Taranaki coastal plants. The children that become involved have elected to participate in the programme.  As well as pursuing their interests, they agree to take responsibility to share their interest and knowledge with other members of the school community and visitors to the school.

All students within the school also have opportunities to participate in whole school and group planting trips.  Plants propagated at the school as well as some supplied by DOC and the Regional Council are  planted as far north as Paranihinihi at the White Cliffs and along the south Taranaki coast.

Green Gold EnviroSchool

Moturoa School was one of the first EnviroSchools in Taranaki. We currently have Green Gold status. We are committed to a long-term sustainability journey.  Students connect with and explore the environment, then plan, design and take action in their local places in collaboration with their communities.

Home to Montessori Primary Classes

Moturoa School is fortunate to be the home of the oldest continuously running Montessori school in New Zealand. Montessori teaching features holistic education, and embraces the philosophy of the virtues curriculum.

If you are not yet enrolled with our school and would like to know more, please call Karlene with any questions you may have on 067510392.

If you enrol your child as a new entrant, you will be contacted by your child’s teacher to  organise transition visits. This will give your child the opportunity to:

  • Meet their teacher/s and classmates
  • Become familiar with the classroom and school environment
  • Become familiar with the school routines and timetables
  • See cooperation and key competencies in action through the Playful Learning curriculum



Thank you for choosing Moturoa School. All of staff will do their best to make you feel welcome.


Parents are required to phone, email or text our Office Administrator -Karlene, prior to the start of the day. Teachers mark the roll electronically in class at 9:05 and 1:30. Karlene follows up at 9:15 with any unexplained absences. These measures are taken for both safety and legal purposes.
If a child is absent from school on a consistent basis or for a sustained period of time, Karlene will notify the Principal and the Truancy Service.


Physical activity – fitness, sport, outdoor education and swimming – is part of our curriculum. Children are expected to participate in all physical activity.


Full school assemblies are every second Wednesday. They begin at 2:15.  Parents are always welcome to help celebrate students’ achievements and learn what is happening in our school.


Moturoa School is a PB4L (Positive Behaviour For Learning) School.

“Positive Behaviour for Learning initiatives help parents, whānau, teachers, early childhood centres, and schools address problem behaviour, improve children’s well-being, and increase educational achievement.

By strengthening relationships and creating more positive home and school environments, we remove barriers to engagement and improve students’ chances to achieve at school and beyond.

PB4L is a long-term, systematic approach involving: whole-school change initiatives, targeted group programmes, and individual student support services.”

Moturoa Board

The Moturoa School Board has the responsibility of governing the school. Responsibilities include financial management, development and maintenance of property and school grounds, development of policy and ensuring the curriculum is taught. The Principal is the school leader in professional matters and in the day to day management of the school.

The Board consists of:
Presiding Member: Glen Robinson
Principal: Hamish Hislop
Staff Representative: Carolyn Weston

Members: Cees Bevers, Hayden Owen, Lauren Wallace, Jordan Hartley-Smith and Gillian Somers

Minutes Secretary: Karlene Jones

The Board meets twice a term. Meetings begin at 6:00 on Wednesdays and finish at around 8:00. Meetings are held in the staffroom and are open to the public. If you wish to attend, phone the school office to find out the date of the next meeting.

Please save all of your aluminium cans. We recycle them and turn them into cash for our school funds. Children can bring cans to school any day of the week.


We have five classrooms: four mainstream and one Montessori. Our classes are named after plants that are special to our school.

  • Korokio  – Harriet Burrell – Year 5 – 6
  • Pohutukawa – Kat McDonnell – Year 3 – 4
  • Koromiko/Pinatoro  – Rachel Ammunsden, Zoë Robinson & Charlene Jacobs Year 1 – 6 
  • Kōwhai – Sarah Oakes  & Melissa Surgenor – Year 2 – 3 
  • Puriri  – Max Pringle – Year 0 – 2

Communication with School

We communicate with you through newsletters, Educa, facebook, email and our website. Moturoa School has an open-door policy.  Parents are welcome to pop in to see learning in action.
If matters need to be discussed please make an appointment, so disruptions to learning are kept to a minimum.

Community Involvement

We rely on the support of our community to assist us with the smooth operation of our school. We have many volunteers who help out with sport, in classrooms, with outings and school maintenance. We would not be able to function as effectively without the support of our generous community volunteers.

Complaints and Concerns

From time to time there may be matters causing concern. If this occurs, it is important that the parties involved work together to reach  solution. If the concern is about a child, the first point of contact is with the child’s classroom teacher. If the matter is not resolved, an appointment needs to be made with the Principal. When an adult has concerns about another adult, the first action is to talk directly with the person concerned.


When you enrol your child we gain consent for trips within walking distance, low risk trips, photos, facebook and internet safety.

Contact Details

If you change your address or phone numbers, please inform Karlene so she can keep your records up to date. If we are unable to contact you in an emergency situation, we are able to act legally on your behalf.

Dental Clinic

Once your child is enrolled in our school, our Office Administrator notifies the Dental Clinic of your details and they deal directly with you from that point. Their contact details if you wish to make contact with them are:
Rangiatea Community Dental Clinic

131 South Road Ph 7513507


All devices are to remain at home unless teachers ask for them. Staff will accept responsibility for them and will keep them in their care. Cell phones only come to school with approval from the principal. They can be collected from the office at the close of the school day.



Emergency Evacuation Procedures

Emergency evacuations are practiced regularly. Should you be on site during this time or in the event of a real emergency please follow the instructions of staff to ensure your safety. All buildings and classrooms display the Emergency Evacuation Procedures.


If you are enrolling your child for the first time in the New Zealand education system, you will need to present their immunisation documentation, a birth certificate and/or proof of New Zealand citizenship. If your child is enrolling from another school, please bring any books your child has been working in and evidence of where your child is at; eg school reports. We will contact the child’s previous school to request their formal records. All enrolments are done through the office.

Environmental Education

Moturoa School prides itself on its environmental education programme. It is run by Bill Clarkson. He manages the propagation unit, education programme and planting trips for the school. Bill works with all children across the school teaching them about rare and endangered Taranaki native plants. He also trains our Native Plant Study Group (a select group of students with an interest in saving special plants from Taranaki) to know and understand these plants so they can impart their knowledge when they represent our school as Tour Guides for our guests.

We also run an enviro-schools group. This group investigates our school’s environment and explores ways of ensuring our sustainable practices.
Our students often work alongside the Department of Conservation, NPDC and the Taranaki Regional Council, to plant and restore fragile parts of the  Taranaki environment.
Over the years, we have won many awards for our conservation work and service to our community.


The school’s face book page is https://www.facebook.com/moturoaprimaryschool and is great source for regular updates on our activities and highlights inside and outside of school. Please “like” our page and share it with your family and friends.


Upon enrolment at our school, we ask that stationery is purchased so that students are ready to learn.
Your child will also need a red school hat, which the school will provide. If this is lost, replacements are $16.00

We are part of the National Donation Scheme. We do not ask for a donation. Sometimes, extra curricula activities will have a cost. These costs are for activities not covered in the National Donation Scheme.

First Aid

Our staff is trained in basic first aid. We treat minor accidents that occur at school. We contact you in the event of a more serious incident. In an emergency, we dial 111 and you at the earliest available time.

Head Lice

We ask that you regularly check your child’s hair for head lice and treat accordingly. Should your child be at school with head lice, we will call you to come and treat your child’s hair. A notification will be sent if head lice are found in your child’s class.

Hours of Work

Staff work different hours. The Office Administrator opens the office at 8:30 and finishes at 3:00.

Leadership Team

Principal: Hamish Hislop

Deputy Principal: Carolyn Weston

Montessori Leader: Rachel Ammundsen

Senior Teacher Junior School: Max Pringle

Leave from School

If your child is to be absent from school for part of a day, you must sign them out and back in upon their return at the school office in the day book.
If you intend to take your child out of school for longer than five days during school term time, you must notify the Principal.

Lost Property

Children are responsible for their own belongings. Naming all of your child’s belongings ensures that what belongs to them is returned to them.                    A basket is situated inside the office foyer. At the close of each day, un-named and unclaimed belongings are placed in there.                                                        At the end of each term all unclaimed items are donated to charity.

Lunch Eating

MOE funded lunches are supplied by local catering business, Theory Food.  Healthy, nutritious and tasty lunches are delivered to all Moturoa students.  We eat from approximately 12.45 pm – 1.00 pm.


It is the responsibility of parents/caregivers to ensure correct medication and dosing instructions are written down clearly for the Office Administrator to administer medication. You will be given a form to complete by Karlene.


If you have to pass on a message, please do so at the school office. Karlene will pass on the information.


This is our main form of communication. Newsletters are emailed to all families weekly. They are also uploaded to Educa. 


Please park on the road. The car park is a busy place and reserved for staff, visitors, couriers and those parents of children with special needs who have a current disability sticker.

Pedestrian Crossing

When dropping off and picking up your child, please use the crossing and set a positive example for your child. The road is narrow and with cars parked either side visibility is poor. The safety of your child is paramount.

Skool Loop App

Download from the app store and keep up to date with the latest newsletter,  notifications, direct text messaging and emailing from/to the school and absence line.

Personal Belongings

Please ensure personal belongings are not brought to school. Conflict arises and friendships can be damaged when toys are lost or broken. If we do see them, they will be confiscated and you will need to collect them for your child.

Reporting to Parents/Caregivers

Communication on your child’s progress ensures that home and school are working together. Reporting comes in a number of forms:                                      1. Real-time digital reporting. Teachers will post regularly to Educa with stories about special events and specific achievements. You are able to respond with feedback and comments about your child’s learning. Twice yearly a Progress and Achievement graph will be posted onto your child’s Educa profile page. 
2. Scheduled meetings between the parent and teacher                                        3. Learning conferences between the teacher, parent and student
Whole school events throughout the year when you can observe your child learning and engaging with the curriculum
We encourage parents to be engaged in their child’s learning and encourage them to attend all school events.

Road Patrol

The senior students are our road patrol wardens. Those selected undergo training with the local police. They have a rostered day. Students are expected to honour their commitment. These types of opportunities provide them with extra responsibility. It also teaches them about service to the school.

School Support

We have the support of a strong network of caring professionals who we can call on if the need arises. These support services are:
Child Youth and Family
New Plymouth Principals’ Federation                                                            Northern Health School
Ministry of Education
Public Health Nurse
Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour.                                                  Resource Teacher: Literacy                                                                                  Social Worker in Schools
Truancy Service
If you require more information or support contact is made through the Principal.


If your child is sick at school you or your emergency contact will be called to collect them. It is important for you to keep your child at home if they feel unwell, as we want to minimise the spread of infection.

Sports Teams

At Moturoa School we are proud of our teams. We wear our uniforms with pride. We participate in miniball, hockey, touch, netball and soccer. We enter in local competitions like ripper rugby and cross country as well.


Each class has a list of requirements to suit that particular age level. These are to be purchased prior to your child beginning school, so they are ready to learn. We use Office Max as our preferred supplier. Packs are available at the start of the year online at www.theschoolstore.co.nz  It is vital that all students have the right equipment they need to support them with their learning.

Karlene has limited stationery available to purchase in the office if your child is not starting on day one of the term. Ask her if one is available and she can add it to your account.

Sun Smart School

A school hat with our logo will be provided prior to your child starting school. A replacement hat will cost $16. There are 2 sizes to choose from. All children must wear their own hat in terms one and four. Children must remain in the shade if they do not wear their hat. We provide sunscreen as part of being a “Sun Smart School.”


  8:30 – Students can arrive at school 9:00 Learning begins                                   11.00 – Interval break
11:30  – Class learning time                                                                                        12:50 –  Lunch break                                                                                                          1:30 –  Class learning time
 3:00 –  School day ends

Water Only

We are a water only school. Students are required to bring their own named water bottles to keep at school. 


Our school website is www.moturoa.school.nz
Please let us know if something has changed and we have not picked it up.


We welcome new families to our school at the end of each term. You will receive your invite in the mail.

Withdrawal of Students

Parents of children who are leaving are asked to notify the school office beforehand, where possible. When leaving, children are to take all books and stationery belonging to them. Please return all books and resources belonging to our school, to the class teacher.


Moturoa School is a virtues school. The virtues and PB4L support our behaviour management plan.

Yummy Stickers

We collect the stickers from the fruit and send them away. In return we receive free sports gear.

Enviroschools is a programme that Moturoa School runs that supports children and young people to plan, design and implement sustainability actions. We action projects with environmental and educational outcomes that benefit the school and wider community.

In November 2018 we gained the Green Gold Enviroschool status . To achieve this status we need to showcase our whakatau skills, the children’s shared their knowledge in their classrooms, the Native Plant Study Group talked about their work, our school performed Kapahaka and shared a waiata, our virtues and curriculum programme and shared a powerpoint presentation of our Enviroschools journey thus far.

The Enviroschool programme is about setting our children, our future on a healthy, peaceful and sustainable journey. Through this programme run five guiding principles:

  • Empowering students
  • Sustainable communities
  • Learning for sustainability
  • Māori perspectives
  • Respect for the diversity of people and culture We follow an action learning cycle. Students gather information and ideas/data on a particular issue and then follow through with exploring the issue and then planning, taking action and reflecting. Enviroschool practices are employed throughout the school and we have a dedicated team of passionate students who drive new ventures within the school. Our Enviroschool ethos interweaves well with our Trees for Survival programme.                                                                     www.enviroschools.org.nz


Our Vision – Te Kitenga

Together we GROW
Gratitude. Resilient, Orderly and Wonder.


Mā te mahi o te katoa, ka eke By the work of all, we will rise.

Learner’s Chorus

I discover and explore
I show excellence in all that I do I stand for a peaceful world
I hold my learning in my hands                                                                                   I am a learner forever.

If you are interested in knowing more, please contact us to make an appointment to meet with Hamish Hislop, our Principal. He would welcome the opportunity to meet you and show you around our family orientated school.


06 751 0392
45 Pioneer Road, New Plymouth 4310

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