Kaponga Primary School

Kaponga School is a great place to learn, teach and work. 

We pride ourselves on seeking excellence in both curriculum and extra curricular activities.

Our curriculum is designed to provide students with life-long learning skills which will enable them to actively participate in a rapidly changing world.  Learning is at the core of our school and assisting students to be passionate participants and successful learners is our major goal.

Kaponga Primary School is located south of Mount Taranaki in the Kaponga township, between Eltham and Opunake.  

Attitude, Aroha, Achievement


High expectations in all work and behaviour, to become quality contributors in society

To honour the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti O Waitangi)

Embrace the cultural diversity of our school, country and world

Include all people in our school and activities

To encourage reflective learners and practitioners

Involve the community in our functions as much as practical

Learning opportunities are provided with purpose and reason

We are 'learning for our future'

Achieving for our future


Excellence - by aiming high and persevering in the face of difficulties

Innovation, inquiry and curiosity, by thinking critically, creatively and reflectively

Diversity - as found in our different cultures and heritages

Equity  - through fairness and social justice

Community and participation for the common good

Ecological sustainability which includes care for the environment

Integrity - which involves being honest, responsible, and accountable, acting ethically; and to respect themselves, others and human rights

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Principal:  Shane Downs              

Phone 06 764 6693 or 022 430 7787