Welcome to Birkenhead Primary School, Te Kura Matarae o Onewa, which sits in the heart of Birkenhead's Highbury Village. Our school encourages our wonderful children to reach for their personal best in all respects - to 'reach their heights, and to look to their horizons'. We provide a great learning environment, with wonderful teachers, and a range of opportunities for children to participate, to contribute, to take responsibility and to challenge themselves. We offer a full curriculum, with strong tuition in numeracy and literacy, an Inquiry approach in Social Science and Science, and opportunities in physical activity and the Arts.
Term Dates 2018 Term Dates 2019
Term One - 31 January to 13 April
Term Two - 30 April to 6 July
Term Three - 23 July to 28 September
Term Four - 15 October to 14 December
Term One - TBA to 9 April
Term Two - 28 April to 3 July
Term Three - 20 July to 25 September
Term Four - 12 October to TBA
Our school is a learning community that encourages children to reach their personal best. The school usually has a roll of about 400 children at the start of the year, and takes about 50 new entrants to finish the year on about 450 children. We start the year with 16 teachers and several teacher aides. The school is managed by the Principal and management team and governed by a Board of Trustees. School activities are supported by the Parent/Teacher Association. We teach the full New Zealand curriculum through a wide range of activities, using inquiry and problem-based learning approaches. The school also has a host of extra-curricular activities for children to choose from.
We have been given a 4-5 year review cycle. The 4-5 year return category describes schools who can consistently demonstrate sustained student engagement, progress and achievement. Over the past 4 years, ERO has conducted over 3,000 primary and secondary school evaluations, 10-15% of which resulted in a 4-5 year return cycle. Please view our report here.