Why Choose Us?

Our School Environment and Community

Port Ahuriri School is a Decile 6 contributing school located in the city suburb of Ahuriri, Napier.

Our nautical theme is relevant to our location.  The estuary, yachting and the Inner Harbour are all within walking distance.  Sheltered by the backdrop of Napier Hill, Port Ahuriri School is ideally situated and only a 5 minute drive away from central Napier.  Bypass roads to Napier suburbs and outer Napier provide great, easy access to our School.

Port Ahuriri School has an exceptionally supportive community who are extremely proud of the history and the achievements of the school and its pupils.

We actively encourage parent involvement in our school, as we recognise that parents make the choice to send their children to this school, often by-passing their local school on the way.

As a community, we believe in eduaction with a focus on encouraging diversity and focussing on the development of the 'whole child' both socially and academically.  Personal and cultural diversity are valued at Port Ahuriri School.  We encourage the extension of knowledge in our children and encourage them to live in a caring and harmonious society.  Stimulating experiences ensure that each child loves to come to school.

Port Ahuriri School is small enough to care but large enough to provide a range of sporting, cultural, technical and learning opportunities, for all children.


After School Care

Professional supervision of our children, within five minutes from the central Napier business area is something we are proud to offer.  Our centre manager, Browyn Cleary, has had many successful years experience in looking after children at Port Ahuriri School, before and after school and during every school holiday.

Our children are well supervised by Browyn and her staff.  Our After School Care is popular with children and their parents from the wider Napier region during school breaks. 

Our After School Care Programme is easy and flexible without compromising safety and quality care.  A popular holiday programme provides parents and children consistency in care giving.  Our premises are purpose built for easy supervision of children after school hours, and have recently been replaced and enlarged with a new building.  It is Winz approved, providing parents with accessible and an affordable child caring service.  The contact phone number is 8355664.

Montessori Education

Port Ahuriri School has as a part of its regular school a multi-level montessori class. Montessori education is firmly based on respect for, and understanding of the child.  The Montessori classroom is a prepared environment that offers a positive learning community, which encourages self-directed learning and respect for others.  Within this environment each child is taught individually, they work at their own pace and level under the guidance of a Montessori/State trained teacher.  Children are encouraged towards self-confidence, independence, self-discipline and concentration.  A life long love of learning is fostered along with respect for others and the environment.

The Montessori students are integrated within the wider school.  They participate in all general school activities.  


The Montessori class attracts a pupil donation over and above the school donation. This is currently set at $50.00 per week. This is payable to the Hawkes Bay Montessori Education Trust.

For more information visit  www.hawkesbaymontessori.org.nz .

The Montessori class operates as a part of Port Ahuriri School and under all policies and procedures. This includes the school enrolment scheme.To discuss an enrolment in Montessori, please contact the Principal.


International Education

Port Ahuriri School is a signatory of the International Code of Practise for the Pastoral Care of International Students.

Our school values diversity, and international students bring a valuable dimension to our school, and enable our children to interact with children from around the world at an earlier stage than might normally be possible.

We accept enrolments for International Students from Year 0 to Year 6.  Port Ahuriri School does not act as an accomodation agent and will only enrol students who are living with their parent(s).

We assess our students on arrival so that the most suitable programme to cater for their needs can be developed.  English language assistance is available to all International Students depending on their individual needs.

It is vital that students have a desire to learn.  They must have a good level of conduct, attitude and attendance.


School Development 2014

This year our school focus across all units is people. Within our 'inquiry learning' approach the school will focus on this rich topic. Inquiry enables each child, class or group to structure their individual learning within this topic, around their studies of interest.

We are involved in a national mathematics contract with Waikato University and the Ministry of Education, which will involve looking at accelerating progress of learners sustainably in mathematics. This is the third year we have been involved in this contract.

We will continue with our focus on the continued development of our wonderful school garden. As well as our big garden, each class will have their own planter box to plan, grow and maintain.


The major building project for 2014, will be the upgrade of our school hall which will also allow us to create another teaching and learning space.


Parents and Friends money this year is continuing to go towards further development of our school garden, and outside seating around the school. Their major fundraiser each year is a Food and Wine Festival in November.


We plan to continue being involved in the usual wide array of cultural and sporting events, both locally and out of town.  2014, is the year of the year 5 and 6 camp to Turangi.  Children particiapte in a wide range of activities including team building experiences and sleeping in cabins to develop cooperation and self management skills.

Staff development this year is focussing on developing a greater use of Te Reo Maori in classrooms, and there is a high visual arts focus culminating in an art and culture display in Term 3.
Should we achieve all we set out to do, we are in for a busy, exciting and highly satisfying year.


Information Communication Technology

Port Ahuriri School offers our children the very best in Information Technology.  It is our vision that all children be empowered to use technology for effective learning. Our school has invested extensively in technology which is backed by the committment and capability of staff.  There is a high level of accessibility.  Each class has nine i pads that children can use in the classroom. This means all students have access to a range of learning tools and applications.  A range of video equipment is also available for the children to use to express their knowledge learned.
We are committed to safe and accessible use of technology and the Internet.

Physical Activity at Port Ahuriri School

Port Ahuriri School values and encourages physical activity.  It is enjoyable and develops and enhances the emotional, social, cognitive and physiological growth of children.  We provide many opportunities for team sports, such as: cricket, netball, hockey, rugby, softball and basketball.  Within the classroom, fundamental skills are developed like ball control and balance.  Regular fitness activities are encouraged such as games, jump-jam, skipping and running.  We have a variey of playground sports and playground equipment available for lunchtime use.  The senior school participate in a Coastal Cluster sports series, where they play one-off tournaments with 7 other schools.  We have a close relationship with Sports HB which introduces extra opportunites such as golf, squash and rippa rugby. Sport HB also train our PALs (Physical Activity Leaders) who are senior students vital in designing and leading games for juniors during lunch and shared sports times.  All children participate in an annual outdoor education programme where they can experience activities like orienteering, fishing and sailing.  Regular school events where we encourage our community to come along and support children are held.