At Central Normal School, we believe that the active and authentic involvement of students in their learning is crucial to engagement and achievement.
Students actively drive WISE within the school.
We believe that students are the heart of Central Normal School and actively seek student voice to make OUR school a great learning environment.
Central Normal School is a vibrant learning environment where we encourage whanau to share all learning with their tamariki. There are regular events that enable students to demonstrate their increasing understanding across all curriculum areas.
We offer quality teaching and learning by providing diversity and variety throughout our teaching teams. Each team provides stimulating and exciting learning opportunities for students making use of modern learning environments and ICT.
At Central Normal School classrooms are colourful, organised and reflect children’s learning.
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Central Normal School is a contributing primary school catering for children from new entrants through to year 6 (5 years-10years) The school is situated at 201 Featherston Street Palmerston North, and is easily accessible from any part of the city.
Whaia kia tūtuki – ‘Strive to achieve’
Central Normal School will endeavor in a climate of aroha and co-operation to provide a variety of positive learning experiences for the academic, physical, cultural, social and emotional growth of its children.
Central Normal School is a safe and happy place where all will learn, work, and play together.
The teachers are available to share knowledge, and work with families for the benefit of their children. We welcome the support, interest and assistance of the community in all aspects of school life.
Numerous opportunities exist for parents to participate in school and class programmes.
Central Normal is one of three such schools in Palmerston North. This means that the school has a close association with Massey University College of Education and is closely involved in the practical training of trainee teachers. All teachers at Central Normal are required to be quality teachers to model good practice to college teachers.
The school is always open to parents but a number of opportunities are arranged for dialogue to take place.
Parent/Teacher Conferences - March & August
Written reports to parents - July and December
Each child has a ‘sharing book’ in which they record samples of their work throughout the year. The books form part of our assessment programme and give the child, the parents and teachers ready examples of progress being made across the curriculum. The books go home three times a year for your observation and comment. Please give your children all the encouragement you can as they progress with their learning.
Newsletters are sent home with the eldest in the family fortnightly.
The newsletters will be supplemented with notices and information as necessary
School begins at 9.00am and ends at 3pm. Children who are late for school miss important introductory activities and cause a disturbance when they arrive at class. Please have your children at school in time for the 9.00 a.m. start. If children arrive after the bell they must first report to the school office.