Our School History
Remuera was first subdivided in 1851, with large sections providing grazing for cows and horses.
The land on which the school and playing field are situated was purchased in 1925.
Twenty seven years later in 1952, after several petitions by local residents, the Minister of Education, Mr Algie, approved the erection of a five classroom building. Mr Truscott was the first Headmaster, with a school of 168 pupils.
In 1955, with the growth to 200 pupils, a call was made for the upgrading of the school and provision was made for the addition of a staff room, storeroom and a small library. Two prefabs were added, and these were replaced in 1976 with permanent classrooms.
In the 1980s the school had grown from this to a roll of over 400 pupils. Major fund raising in 1986 resulted in a new Hall which was opened in 1987.
The school embraced the philosophy of ‘Tomorrow’s Schools’ introduced in 1989 with the election of parents to the Board of Trustees. This provided the opportunity and the freedom to make developments and explore innovations in line with community aspirations and expectations. The school funded a major upgrade of the initial classroom block and hall, along with a new library and general purposes rooms and a fully equipped technology room and specialist technology suite adjacent to the library.
In 1995/1996 three extra classrooms were added to the school to cope with roll growth, along with an upgrade and enlargement of the administration and staffroom block. During 1997 a permanent classroom was added. In 1999 a community room was added to the hall.
In 2006 the classroom integration project was launched. The classroom affectionately known as the “Treehouse” was repositioned and integrated into the main school, another replaced and two new classrooms were added. The school community were asked to donate to the building fund and contributing families were acknowledged with their names etched on glass in the shape of a Koru.
The Board of Trustees, as part of their new Strategic Plan, undertook to produce a ‘Masterplan’ for the school site. The first stage of the project was to create a new Junior School. During 2010 and 2011 this involved building two extra classrooms; moving and refurbishing other rooms; redeveloping the junior playground and extending access to the ‘forest area’ with a boardwalk and decks off the classrooms.
The two new rooms were official named The Sue Slater Junior Classrooms in honour of Mrs Sue Slater who retired in 2010 after 23 years service to the school. These innovations have enabled the school to keep up to date with curriculum developments and provide a high quality educational experience for its pupils.
Our Past Principals
1952 - 1955 Mr Truscott Founding Principal
1955 - 1957 Mr Bates
1957 - 1963 Mr Harris
1963 - 1966 Mr Donnelly
1966 - 1969 Mr Grant Holmes
1969 - 1982 Miss Pat Bishop Memorial Garden at the end of Dragon Drive
1982 - 1990 Mrs Dorothy McMillan
1990 - 1993 Mr Tony Sissons
1993 - 1996 Mrs Jill Pritchard
1996 - 1999 Mrs Adrienne Rossiter
1999 - 2000 Mr Randall Morris
2000 - 2008 Mrs Suzanne Mooney
2009 - 2012 Mr Alan Short
2012 - 2020 Mrs Janice Adamson
2020 - present Mrs Jane Bush