Principals Welcome

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa. Warm greetings to you all,


It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to Gate Pā School. A school which prides itself on growing caring citizens of our world.


There is something special about Gate Pā School; warmth and acceptance are felt on arrival.


This may be because of the high value we place on parent-whanau connections, and the rich history of our area which reinforces the need for compassion and understanding.



Student well-being and learning are central to all our decisions . We believe that when students are happy and feel a sense of belonging they thrive. A culture of high expectations for learning and behaviour exists. This, together with a team of highly skilled staff, support every student to be the very best they can be.


We are immensely proud of the cultural diversity of Gate Pā School and take every opportunity to embrace and celebrate the histories and traditions of all students. 


We treasure the unique place of Māori and all students have the opportunity to develop their te reo and tikanga. We also offer a Māori immersion option - Te Rumaki o Pukehinahina and are neighboured by a thriving early childhood immersion option - Te Puna Reo o Pukehinahina.   


Gate Pā School is a special place, committed to the wellbeing and learning of every child. Come and see for yourself.  


Call in or phone the office for an appointment, we’d love to meet you.


Nau mai, haere mai.

Rochelle Jensen


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Gate Pa School highly commended in Feet First Picture Book Competition

Feet First Picture Book Competition Students from Gate Pa School in Tauranga were highly commended in the recent Feet First Picture Book competition on active travel.


Fruit in Schools provides new opportunities for Gate Pa School

New leadership roles and building a compost system are just two ways Fruit in Schools has benefited Gate Pa School in Tauranga. Students help the teacher aide with organising fruit in the morning, says Principal Richard Inder.  There has been a noticeable increase in compost - two bins are full!  Staff...


Young 'earthworms' get back to basics - By Stuart Whitaker

AT Gate Pa School as much as possible is recycled to keep the veggie garden going.  An old tea chest has been made into a wheel barrow, raised planters have been created from old tyres, there is a frame used for re-potting made from wood reclaimed from a refurbishment of...


School where play and education meet

OUTSIDE Gate Pa School cars are whizzingalong Cameron Rd. The hustle and bustle on the street is a world away from whats behind the click-clack of the school gate ? a quaint two-storey building with turquoise sun shades, and beyond that, a secret garden. Gate Pa School children are privy to one...




Gate Pa school
900 Cameron Rd

Phone: +64 7 578 5325
Fax: +64 7 578 6115


Rochelle Jensen


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School dates for 2020

Term 1

4 February to 9 April.

Term 2
  28 April to 3 July.
Term 3
  20 July to 25 September.
Term 4
  12 October to 15 December.