Welcome

Whether you are visiting our site to find out more about Te Hihi School, or a parent wanting to access information; welcome, nau mai, haere mai.
Te Hihi School is a full primary school, situated in rural Karaka (south-west of Auckland). The school started life on 9 March 1914 and on the weekend of 7-9 March 2014 the school celebrated its centennial. To view the centennial photos, click here. 

The school caters for children from New Entrants to Year 8 and the roll is currently around 230. While Te Hihi School is located in a rural area, it draws its pupils from a blend of areas, predominantly those who live locally on "lifestyle" or rural residential properties. Those living on farms are reducing in number, reflecting the change in land use in the area and an increasing number of students come from urban areas.

The school's motto of Character ~ Kindness ~ Courtesy is built into our school culture and always at the forefront. Along with our motto, our vision statement is "Creating the grounding for future growth". Our vision has four strands to it; preparing our students to be global citizens, connecting with real life learning through a balanced curriculum, acknowledging stewardship of the land (kaitiaki), and valuing positive relationships. The full vision statement is available from the school office.

Te Hihi School has a strong and consistent history of providing a safe, caring family environment for its children. The local community is encouraged to be closely involved in activities both in and outside the classroom while the school operates under an "open door" policy for parents and values a high level of communication between the community and the school. This has resulted in a strong sense of alignment in the values of the community, staff and board.

At Te Hihi we pride ourselves on providing a quality education to our students. This is achieved through working alongside students so that they know what they are learning and why, and what the next steps in their learning are. We encourage the children to live the school motto "Character Kindness Courtesy" so that they develop a caring attitude to their fellow students and a strong sense of pride in representing Te Hihi School. They learn to become independent to prepare for their ongoing education, and for their future.

If you are after information that is not available on this website, please don't hesitate to contact the school.

Kevin Bush
Principal