Papakura Normal School is a full primary school situated in Papakura, approximately 30 km south of Auckland City.  We cater for ākonga/learners from Year 1 to Year 8 (children aged 5 - 12).

We have a current roll of approximately 700 ākonga/learners.  Our school community draws from a wide range of  cultural backgrounds including Māori, European, Polynesian, Asian, Indian and other ethnicities. 

The school originally opened in 1953 as Papakura North School, situated on the boundary of the Papakura Military Camp.  

In 1958, we became affiliated to Ardmore Teachers College and our name was officially changed to "Papakura Normal School". 

The word 'Normal' represented the French word 'normale' which means teaching school. At that time, a model country school was set up on the premises and operated as an independent "school within a school".  This was to provide opportunities for student teachers to experience teaching in a small rural environment.

Our Vision

To inspire and enable young people to progress toward their future, equipped to meet the challenges ahead.

Our School Motto

He waka eke noa.

We are in this together.

Our School Values 

Our Special Character

A well-resourced school working with families and community to enable ākonga/learners to achieve their academic, cultural and sporting potential.

Settling in at Papakura Normal School

Talofa lava, malo e lelei, kia ora, namaste, bula vinaka, as-salām ‘alaykum, kia orana, fakaalofa lahi atu, ni hau, welcome whānau to Papakura Normal School.


In the Junior School (Rōpū Kei) we have 12 classes in Years 1 to 3 as well as a Year 3/4 Māori Enrichment Class (Waka Haumako Wha).

Suggestions to help your tamaiti/child when starting kura/school 


We hope your child settles into our kura/school quickly, happily and with confidence.

He Waka Eke Noa - We are in this together,

 Papakura Normal School Team