Welcome to Ngongotaha Primary School

Ko au ko Ngongotaha, ko Ngongotaha ko au

 Ngongotaha School, was established in 1911 on the outskirts of Rotorua in a village type setting as a one class school with 33 students. We now have the equivalent of 18 teaching spaces, which comprise a blend of traditional and variable space classrooms. The community is well served by three local marae with an additional two marae that are on the outskirts of Ngongotaha itself. Ngongotaha School has a positive partnership local community and iwi. We value the importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and ensure all students at Ngongotaha School learn about their local area, history, traditions, language and all aspects of Te Ao Maori. In addition to English Medium, students at Ngongotaha School are given the opportunity to learn in a Màori Medium environment using Te Marau Akura. We provide an environment for all students, staff and whanau where an understanding, appreciation and respect of Màori and other cultures is fostered.

 Sited on three levels, the school has well-established grounds, to provide a range of physical activities to develop movement, fitness, flexibility skills and an attitude for good sportsmanship. We offer open areas between buildings, a petanque pit, Whare Waananga, a well-resourced Library, Solar Heated Swimming Pool, a turfed play area, a nature walk, extensive playgrounds and large field spaces. Shade is provided to many of the classrooms and play areas via shade sails and well-established trees that provide demonstrating the Board’s commitment to providing our students with appropriate safety from the sun. The school is well maintained providing an attractive, stimulating environment for students.

 Currently a decile 4 school, the School’s community reflects a wide socio-economic base and is a blend of both rural and urban environments.  The central business area is vibrant and provides the community with all essential services.  Pre-school facilities include day care centres, Kindergarten and Kohanga Reo.

 The school welcomes and embraces all students and endeavours to provide the best environment to suit the individual needs of each child. We receive funding from the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust Board, which enables us to provide specific programmes for students who are at risk of not achieving in literacy and numeracy. Trained teacher aides facilitate this program and are well supported by our Learning Support Co-Ordinator.

 We believe that students learn best in an environment when positive relationships are developed and where whanaungatanga is fostered. All classes are well resourced and the Board employs teacher assistants to carry out specific programmes. Teacher and student support, from specialist teachers, is evident within the school. Students are encouraged to develop leadership skills and take ownership and responsibility for their learning and our staff empower all students to achieve personal excellence through shared and authentic experiences inside and outside of the classroom. Learning programmes recognise the multicultural society in which we now live encouraging and supporting a mutual respect for cultural differences and beliefs and to help children foster an appreciation of their environment.

“Iti rearea Kahikatea ka taea – Aim High Stand Proud”

  The 2022 School Year

 Term 1

TERM 1 – Tuesday 1st of February to Thursday 14th April

(Auckland Anniversary 31st January, Waitangi day 7th February, Good Friday 15th April)

Holiday: Saturday 17th April- Sunday 2nd May

 Term 2

TERM 2 – Monday 2nd May to Friday 8th July

(Teacher Only day Friday 3rd June, Queen's Birthday Monday 6th June, Matariki Day Friday 24th June)

Holiday:Saturday 9th July-Sunday 24th July

 Term 3  TERM 3 – Monday 25th July to Friday 30th September

Holiday: Saturday 1st October- Sunday 16th October

 Term 4

TERM 4 - Monday 17th October to Tuesday 14th December

(Teacher Only day Friday 21st October, Labour Day Monday 24th October)

Teacher Development days


We have arranged to have our development days to be held during the school holiday breaks at the beginning and end of the year or on the Friday before a long weekend to minimise disruption.
As a part of the new NZEI Teachers collective agreement, there are 8 days that will be used to support staff between 2020 and 2022. We will provide plenty of notice before we hold one of these days to ensure whanau are able to provide supervision for their children. 

Daily timetable


Class: 8.55am-10.30am
Morning tea eating: 10.30am- 10.40am
Morning tea play: 10.40am-11am
Class: 11am: 12.30pm
Lunchtime eating: 12.30pm- 12.45pm
Lunchtime play: 12.45pm-1.15pm
Class: 1.15pm: 12.15pm
Afternoon break: 2.15pm-2.30pm
Class: 2.30pm-3pm

~ Mission Statement ~

Aim High, Stand Proud

Iti rearea teitei kahikatea ka taea