Our History


Tauranga Primary School, has arisen from a series of interesting happenings. First established as a Missionary School in 1835 by Sarah Wade, the wife of the Rev. R. W. Wade on the site where 'The Elms' now stands.

The school (a raupo hut) was responsible for educating 30 local children.  In 1836 Archdeacon Brown arrived and the permanent establishment of Tauranga District School began.

Bishop Selwyn produced the plans for an imposing two storied gable building, with a belfry, to become a 'Mission Training Institute' for 60 young Maori children to be trained in various crafts and agriculture. This building was opened in 1860. With a growing conflict between Maori and Europeans, the Institute was closed in 1863 and was used as a hospital during the Gate Pa Battles.  After the hospital closed, the Institute was turned back into a school (in approx. 1886) with Mrs Dalziell as the teacher and a roll of 50 pupils.  On Monday 9 January 1871, The Central Education Board took over the operation of the school, paying Mrs Dalziell £40 per year and expecting the community to match this figure.  From that date Tauranga School was established.

In 1872, the school was moved onto land between St Johns Street and 10th Avenue. Three further rooms were built and both Maori and European children were taught.

In 1880 a second site closer to town was purchased on the corner of Harrington Street and Cameron Road, where the current Court House is situated.  This No. 2 school was built at a cost of £1,070.

In 1904, at a cost of £432, the No 2 School was moved to its current location and the No.1 school buildings were sold. The Tauranga District School and its roll continued to grow and in 1920 the junior school was relocated onto land bordering 5th and 6th Avenues.  In 1958 Tauranga Boys’ College was built and the school was renamed Tauranga School.

Now, in the 21st Century, Tauranga Primary School is a "Blended Learning Environment" where the very best of traditional teaching practice is blended with the latest advances that technology offers in education.  In addition the teaching and learning programmes are supported by a well-equipped library, technology suite, swimming pool, adventure playgrounds and a hall, and all this amongst a setting of native and exotic trees.