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 688 pupils. 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 Mission Statement
"To inspire and enable young people to progress toward their future, equipped to meet the challenges ahead."
To develop thoughtful, sensitive and responsible citizens who care for others and their environment.
Our School Motto
He waka eke noa.
We are in this together.
Our School Values
Our Special Character
A Normal School working in partnership with the University of Auckland, Faculty of Education and Social Work.
A multicultural full primary school catering for individual differences.
A well-resourced school working with families and community to enable ākonga/learners to achieve their academic, cultural and sporting potential.