Our School

Papanui receives strong and positive parental support from its community.

Papanui Primary School is a state-funded school catering for new entrants to Year 6 children. We are a decile 6 school with a roll that ranges between 190 – 220. Our children are predominantly European (78%) and Maori (16%) with the remaining children from other ethnic backgrounds including Pasifika, Japanese, Chinese.

The school is located in northern Christchurch and an enrolment scheme and school zone are in place.

The school is set in spacious and well-planted grounds that include a large grass playing field, large sealed areas and two playgrounds. The school buildings consist of two classroom blocks that include a hall, modernized library and administration area. The school is well maintained and has been completely modernised and remodeled through the Ministry of Education’s Renewal Programme.

The school was established in 1871, as the Papanui District School, and celebrates its 150th jubilee in 2021.

Papanui receives strong and positive parental support from its community, and this is reflected in the commitment shown by our “Friends of Papanui”(PTA) and our Board of Trustees (BOT). The is a part of the Tōtaranui Kāhui Ako – Community of Learning.

Tōtaranui Kāhui Ako (7 schools and 10 Early Childhood Services in the Northwest of Christchurch) has received some funding from the Ministry of Education which they in conjunction with Papanui Youth Development have been able to develop a Website of Support Services available for whanau in the local area .

Below is the link to the Website.

North-West Whanau Support – Tōtaranui Kāhui Ako A directory of Support Services available for you and your Whanau from the Community Organisations in North-West Christchurch.

Features of our School

  • A positive and happy learning environment
  • Whānau and buddy system
  • Positive behaviour – A Peaceful and Purposeful Papanui
  • Child centered, balanced learning programmes
  • Approaches to Teaching and Learning that promote collaboration and inquiry
  • Learning assisted by Information Technology
  • Caring, supportive and enthusiastic teachers
  • A team approach (parents, teachers, children) and high expectations for all