History of Mount Mt Maunganui Primary School
Over the next few years the school saw considerable growth and a corrugated iron prefab was added to the school in 1925 which by now had 107 pupils.
The school continued to grow between 1925 and 1952 with the addition of more classrooms, a dental clinic and a swimming pool. In 1954 land was purchased in Orkney Road for the new school site, by 1955 Mount Primary had a roll of 500 students.
It wasn’t until 1970 that the school began its big move away from what was a growing commercial area. Term 3 of 1970 saw all students learning in prefab classrooms while contractors readied that school buildings for their move. The pupils moved into the new classrooms in Orkney Road in April 1971.
With the opening of Omanu school in 1955 our school roll dropped to about 414 students. This is the same size as our school currently is now in 2013. The original school building can be seen still at the Tauranga Historic Village on 17th Ave. Whilst our school is very old, we are always implementing and trialling new ideas for enhancing the learning of our students. Our current school has many exciting and vibrant learning spaces, please feel free to come on down and have a look.
When I became Principal, I knew I was indeed lucky. Lucky to have become Principal of this great school and to have an opportunity to have such a significant role in a special celebration such as our schooI’s Centenary.
Throughout the many many hours of planning for this celebration I have learnt lots of the historical stories from our school, changing in the Iupins and swimming in the harbour for swimming lessons, moving from one site to another, growing from less than 50 to school that is now almost 450 children. Our school has had a varied and interesting past.
Enjoy looking through this magazine, the images and the memories held within are to be treasured for years to come. Thanks for celebrating our 100th Birthday with us.
- Damien Harris, Principal
Mount Primary swimming certificate Malcolm Davies 440 yards 1943