Tēnā Koutou Katoa
Nau Mai Whakatau Mai
Welcome to Central Normal School/Te Kura Tuatahi o Papaioea
I am immensely proud to be the Principal/Tumuaki of our culturally rich, unique and diverse school in the heart of Palmerston North. Central Normal School has a proud history of being the oldest school in Palmerston North and this is reflected in our Māori name - Te Kura Tuatahi o Papaioea - the first school of Palmerston North.
Our school is incredibly unique for a primary school, which adds to the rich diversity and culture we have here:
With such a rich diversity in our school, we value and treasure the uniqueness of every child. As such, our staff build highly effective and positive relationships with our tamariki, to create a fantastic learning and teaching environment.
At Central Normal School we are increasingly focusing on a personalised curriculum, where our children have a voice with curriculum decision making. Similarly, our learning and teaching programmes are becoming responsive to students interests and passions, to maximise their engagement and empowerment with their learning.
Every day, our tamariki and staff adhere and work towards our vision of Whaia Kia Tutuki - Strive to Your Potential. This vision encompasses all aspects of school life - learning, teaching, behaviour, sporting and cultural.
Central Normal School/Te Kura Tuatahi o Papaioea is a fantastic school with amazing people and tamariki and it is an absolute pleasure and privilege to be the principal of our school. We look forward to welcoming you to our school.