Port Ahuriri School

Why Choose Us? 

Our School Environment and Community 

Port Ahuriri School is a Decile 7 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 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. We recognise that parents make a considered choice to send their children to our school, and we respect their ideas and input into their child’s education. 

As a community, we believe in education with a focus on encouraging diversity and focusing 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. 

Our school is split into three learning hubs. Poipoi is our junior hub and their focus is to 'nurture'. Our middle hub is Piki. Their focus is to build knowledge and get their children aiming 'higher'. Aoraki is our senior learning hub. These children are reaching for 'the peak' in their learning and have significant involvement in leadership across the school, enabling Poipoi and Piki learning in their learning journeys. 

All of our classes are multi-level and each hub operates as a collaborative learning space where children have choice within what they learn, choice within how they learn and with whom. This focuses the children on the 'how' of learning and the skills of collaboration and communication, something they will increasingly need in the world they are entering. We believe there is no point in teaching that which the children can 'google' but we can encourage them to refine, question and look at knowledge from a different and more worldly viewpoint. 

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 is something we are proud to offer.  Our centre manager  Anna Ward, has had many successful years’ experience in looking after children at Port Ahuriri School, before and after school and during school holiday time. 

Our children are well supervised by Anna 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.  It is WINZ approved, providing parents with accessible and an affordable child caring service.  

The contact phone number is 0276993015.  Bookings can be made via aasc.aimyplus.com 

Montessori Education 

Port Ahuriri School has as a part of its regular school a years 6 -9 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.  In 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. 

Our 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 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 and special Montessori pre-school requirements. 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 1 to Year 6.  Port Ahuriri School does not act as an accommodation 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 2020

This year our school focus is

Term One: Health and Values - Myself and my culture

Term Two: Science and Technology (STEM)

Term Three:  The Arts - the Olympics are in this term as well

Term Four: Health and PE / LEOTC

Our aim is to deliver a curriculum that is based in local, national and international history and events, and whilst we have schoolwide themes, each hub and implements topics based around the needs of individual children, the passion of their teachers and the level to which they are being delivered.

We are involved in a national mathematics contract with Massey University which will involve looking at developing learning through maths communities, and the acceleration of learners sustainably in mathematics. 

We are one of the very few individual schools nationally to have had a Teacher led Innovation Fund Project. We use our strength in science to accelerate boys writing achievement.  Our results have been extraordinary and we are sought out by other teachers and schools both local and national to share our programme and success. Colleen Reid is our science staff member and she is involved in the development of science within our 13 school Kahui Ako (Collaborative Group), ranging from secondary to small rural primary schools.

2020 will see the continuing of our very popular Kapa Haka group. 

Building Replacement. This year our Ministry of Education building replacement project begins. This will occur over a 2 year period and completely re-vamp our school from one end to the other. It will give us the freedom to continue the development of our collaborative learning spaces both indoor and outdoor.


Our Parents and Friends group fund many exciting ‘extras’ to benefit all our children across the school. In the past they have funded sports uniforms, children’s playgrounds, the children’s school gardens, outdoor fitness equipment, musical and cultural equipment and activities.  


We plan to continue being involved in the usual wide array of cultural and sporting events, both locally and out of town this year.  2019, was the year of the year 5 and 6 camp to Tutira. Children participated in a wide range of activities including team building experiences and sleeping in cabins or tents to develop cooperation and self-management skills. 

Staff development this year is focusing on developing student agency and embedding creativity through technology in our classrooms. There will continue to be a high visual arts focus as well as science and physical education. 

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 we can in Information Technology.  It is our vision that all children be empowered to use technology for effective learning. Our school has invested extensively which is backed by the commitment and capability of staff.  There is a high level of accessibility in the classrooms. This means all students have access to a range of learning tools and applications. We are committed to safe and accessible use of technology and the Internet.  Our Amazing Race curriculum focus for this year is Banger and Bites where we will showcase digital curriculum for our community.

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, softball and basketball.  In 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 variety 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 seven other schools.  We have a close relationship with Sports HB which introduces extra opportunities such as golf, cricket and soccer coaching 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. We are extremely lucky that our Board and community support the continuation of our school pool and swim programme. All staff are trained by SwimNZ and children receive daily swimming instruction during the season.