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.

Koputaroa School Enrolments for 2024

Enrolment at Koputaroa School is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office.

The board has determined that up to 8 places are likely to be available for out-of-zone students in Year 1, up to 5 places in Year 3 and up to 3 places in Year 5 next year. The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.

Next year there will be four enrolment periods. The first enrolment period runs from 7 February to 12 April (Term 1)

For students seeking enrolment within the first enrolment period, the deadline for receipt of applications for out-of-zone places is Friday 13 October 2023.

Parents of students who live within the home zone and intend enrolling their child at any time during the next year should notify the school by 13 October to assist the school to plan appropriately for next year.

Application forms are available from the school office and can be delivered to the office or emailed to office@koputaroa.school.nz

If the number of out-of-zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot.  If a ballot for out-of-zone places is required, it will be held on Monday 30 October 2023.   Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held.

Details relating to the second enrolment period are as follows.

Length of enrolment period: from 29 April to 5 July 2024 (Term 2). 

Deadline for receipt of applications: 23 February 2024

Date of ballot:  8 March 2024

Details relating to the third enrolment period are as follows.

Length of enrolment period: from 22 July to 27 September 2024 (Term 3). 

Deadline for receipt of applications: 17 May 2024

Date of ballot:  31 May 2024

Details relating to the fourth enrolment period are as follows.

Length of enrolment period: from 14 October to 20 December 2024 (Term 4).

Deadline for receipt of applications: 9 August 2024

Date of ballot:  23 August 2024

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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, 8 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