Tumuaki (Principal’s) Welcome

Newtown is a vibrant, dynamic community. I am very proud to be the Tumuaki (Principal) of Newtown School. We welcome you and your family/whānau to Newtown School.

Newtown School is a very friendly and positive school where children strive for excellence in their school achievement, cultural and sporting pursuits. We have high expectations for positive behaviours, value respectfulness and safety. We are all learners here at Newtown.

We recognise students’ diverse abilities, interests and ethnicities and aim to provide a wide-ranging programme that will meet all of their needs; academically, socially and physically. We provide an inclusive community and welcome families from all over the world.

We are focused on working with you the whānau, and your child. Together with you as their ‘first teachers’ we will strive to develop ‘A Whole Child.’


When we enrol your child, we enrol your whānau. Newtown School is your School.

Learning is What We are About

We are fortunate to be offered a wealth of opportunities to spark their interests, feed their enthusiasm and extend their creativity. Whether it is programmes offered as part of the curriculum or extra-curricular activities, the range offered goes towards creating well-rounded individuals with a richness of experiences. Love Learning Love Life! is our school motto.

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We want learning to be fun, focused and family friendly. That means we intend working with you to add value to your child’s education.

All of the New Zealand Curriculum and areas are taught, in order to build a solid foundation for future learning.

We offer at Newtown, Te Reo Immersion Education (level 1). Te Marautanga o Aotearoa is our curriculum.  In 2021 we started on the journey of bilingual education.  At the moment, students can opt in to the bilingual class one day per week.

Our students at Newtown School have the opportunity to gain much more than a basic education, Our staff work together to provide a future focussed 21st century educational experience, in a positive, friendly, safe and respectful school learning community.

Partnerships with our Communities

Newtown School has a unique partnership with the Victoria University, along with the Otago University Medical Schools, which are located on our northern boundary. Staff and students from the university and our wider community provide contributions to class and individual programmes, opening exciting new horizons to our children.


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To find out more

You are most welcome to come and visit Newtown and get a ‘feel for the school’ yourself.

Our staff and I look forward to encouraging and supporting your child through their learning journey.

I encourage you to read the newsletters on the website and to follow us on Facebook in order to become more involved in the wider life of our school. If you have any additional questions please contact us directly at the school on 04 389 6667 or email admin@newtown.school.nz

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to know more about Newtown or make an appointment so that I can show you around our very special place.

Mark Brown

Principal  – Tumuaki