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Hautapu School Established 1877      Hautapu: ‘Sacred Wind’

Hautapu School is nestled in a picturesque semi-rural setting, 10 minutes north-west of  Cambridge. 
 Our full primary school (Years 1-8) is surrounded by mature trees, paddocks  with cows grazing, and the constant activities of rural life. It is a quiet, tranquil environment which nurtures the mind and the body.  
The ethic of care is shown in the relationships between our children, staff and community.  Our senior children have leadership opportunities to not only assist with the running of the school but to set the basis for life-long learning and caring about others and the environment. Our classrooms are named after native trees and shrubs (trees of knowledge, values and learning). 

 “The seeds of knowledge”; “Te kākano o te mātauranga”

Pōhutukawa Pod: (Hautapu Spirit and Culture)
Kowhai(New life, inquiry)

Rimu: (Hauora- well-being)
Totara: (Respect)
Tawa: (Strength and Courage)
Nikau: (Cultural, The Arts)
Kauri Pod: (Mana )

Our children experience a range of academic, cultural, sporting and camp activities in a well-balanced curriculum. We teach our children to be self-regulated learners who are able to reflect on their own learning processes and to ‘learn how to learn’. We have twice yearly Student Led Conferences. All our children participate in yearly speech  writing and presentations to develop confidence and the ability to speak to an audience.  We are working towards our Gold Award as an Enviroschool with established classroom plots and the development of a propagation shed. The school has been invited to grow and plant Kowhai tress for landscaping planting surrounding the new Cambridge Expressway.

We are fortunate to have a heated, 20 metre swimming pool which was opened in 2011 thanks to the Board and generosity and support of the community. We are able to offer our students swimming skills in Terms 1 and 4, plus after school swimming coaching. As a traditional rural school we continue to hold Agricultural Days, Flower Shows, Whole School productions and Grandparent Afternoons.


Hautapu School ‘Learning to Learn’