‘Soaring towards our future’



We strive to keep going even in times of challenge.


We recognise and accept cultural differences. We take an active part in all school activities. We believe that everyone is special


We look out for others. We keep our environment clean. We are always responsible for ourselves

Personal Excellence

We ‘have a go’, We set goals. We take risks. We do our best. We develop leadership skills.


We use our manners and politely speak to people. We do as we are asked. We treat people fairly

Welcome to Temuka Primary


Temuka Primary School caters for the needs of students from Year 0 to Year 6. We have a proud tradition of providing education in our district for over 150 years. We are the focal point of our community and contribute to Opihi College. We have strong links with our early childhood centres and other schools in the area.


We are privileged to boast very large spacious playing fields and attractive environmental surroundings. Students are encouraged to be active in and around our environment. Our cycle track, use of scooters and daily fitness promote student activity. We have an active sports programme that links to the local sporting groups across Temuka. Our school swimming pool is still operated for younger students whilst older students use the local community pool. The local town environment including the Domain is used frequently by the school for various learning opportunities. All buildings are well maintained and provide an attractive safe and stimulating environment for staff and students.


From the beginning of 2021 Temuka Primary implemented the Governments Healthy Lunch in Schools Programme. We have opted into the schools’ donation scheme which allows access to and encourages participation by all students in events and activities.


Temuka Primary School has a strong values-based curriculum that underpins all we do. Our values are Resilience, Acceptance, Caring, Personal Excellence and Respect (RACER). Literacy and Numeracy are the cornerstones to all learning. Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories, Social Science, ICT/DT (Information Communication Technology/Digital Technology) and other curriculum areas enhance students understanding and skills. We ensure that every student at this school can attain his or her highest possible standard of educational achievement in both the New Zealand Curriculum and using the key competencies.


We strive to develop positive social, emotional and leadership skills in our students and promote life skills through learning.


Donna Hessell



Term Dates 2024

​Term 1 - Tuesday 30 January 2024 - Friday 12 April 2024 (Public Holidays during Term 1 - Monday 6th February Waitangi Day, Friday 29th March - Tuesday 2 April Easter)

Term 2 - Monday 29 April 2024 - Friday 5 July 2024 (Public Holiday during Term 2: Monday 3 June - King's Birthday, Friday 28 June Matariki)

Term 3 - Monday 22 July 2024 -  Friday 27 September 2024 (Public Holiday during Term 3: Monday 23 September South Canterbury Anniversary Day)

Term 4 - Monday 14 October 2024 - Wednesday 18 December 2024 (Public Holidays During Term 4: Monday 28 October - Labour Day)

9 Hayhurst Street Temuka

03 615 7178    office@temuka.school.nz

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