Kia ora and welcome to Bethlehem School! Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and learn more about our amazing kura.

We have a rich history that is deeply tied to our community and to the many generations of students who have attended our school. It is the strong foundation from which we move forward alongside our students into an exciting future. At Bethlehem School we value nurturing relationships which provide our tamariki with the support and encouragement to explore their learning in a diverse range of pathways.

Bethlehem School is a special place and we invite you to explore and learn a bit more about us through this website. If you would like to come and spend some time with us, please ring our office to make an appointment and we would be more than happy to show you around our school and share what makes Bethlehem School such a wonderful place to be.

Catherine Neidhardt, Principal

Our Motto

Taku rourou Tau rourou
Ka ora ai tatou
With your contribution and mine we will flourish

Our History and Development

Bethlehem School first opened in 1883 and has a rich history connected to our local community. As a former Native School (Te Paeroa Native School) our connections to our local hapu, iwi and whenua are significant. We celebrate our bicultural heritage and provide tamariki with a place to explore and learn about Te Ao Māori.

The school is situated at the junction of Bethlehem and Carmichael Roads, only 7 km from the centre of Tauranga. It is set in extensive, sunny, park-like grounds with spacious playing and sporting facilities, in a peaceful semi-rural environment. Well kept gardens and buildings compliment the many attractive, mature, larger native trees scattered throughout the site.

Our school currently has 24 classrooms and numerous other learning spaces. Our administration building was completed in 2000 and this includes offices, Staff Lounge and our amazing library. The school shares a building with the Bethlehem Community Pre-School which helps to provide an easy transition for children moving on to our school. 

Our fields are approximately 1.5 ha in size with the boundaries completely fenced. We have three adventure playgrounds, one turf court, one hard court area and heated swimming pool.

We have a school hall that provides us with a wonderful space to host sports, assemblies, visiting shows and school productions.

Our kura also proudly maintains an active garden and greenhouse. These provide our students with authentic learning experiences and kai for the community.

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Our Vision

“Nurturing relationships for empowered learning.”

Our School Values

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

As a kura, we have given effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi by actively engaging in the principles of participation, partnership, and protection.

We develop and enhance our tamariki’s knowledge of Aotearoa’s history, both pre and post Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Our localised curriculum, Rēhua, has the potential to create a deep and lasting impact on both our students and our school community.

Through genuine participation and partnerships with whānau, iwi and hapū, the richness of what our kura offers to our ākonga is extensive.  This provides all our learners and their whānau with a sense of connectedness to our whenua, whānau, and one another. 

We consult with our community regularly to encourage participation and partnership within and about our kura.

For our kura, Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a lived experience, which benefits all members of our learning community.