Established 1891

VISION : Nurturing confident, future focused learners


Haere Mai, Welcome to Koputaroa School

Koputaroa School (est. 1891) is a beautiful rural school located approximately 7 km north of Levin (New Zealand) between SH 1 and SH 57. We are a full primary, decile 6 school with a roll that fluctuates between 185 – 200.

Koputaroa (Koputoroa) is the name of the local settlement and in Māori it means Breast of the Albatross (Toroa). This name refers to the heavy fog that fills the valley, and from the hill near the Marae, looks like the breast of an albatross. Koputaroa School was originally called Kereru and the school’s emblem is a Kereru.

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To develop a community of innovative learners within a supportive environment

Nā te manaaki, nā te tiaki ka ora ngā mōemōea o te reanga whakatipu

For a rural school we have a large dedicated and committed staff: We have a non-teaching Principal, 9 classroom teachers, a full time Office Manager, four Teacher Aides, a support teacher, part-time caretaker and cleaner.

At our school we place a huge emphasis on quality learning and teaching and firmly believe in the principles of formative practice – children being actively involved in the learning and teaching process. Our dedicated staff are very committed to providing our children with the best possible learning experiences and children enjoy a collaborative, supportive, engaging and motivational learning environment