Why choose George Street Normal School?

We offer your child:

  • The opportunity to achieve to a high academic level (see latest ERO review: http://www.ero.govt.nz/review-reports/george-street-normal-school-06-12-2016/
  • Quality teaching by one of our 23 ‘Normal School’ teachers.
  • Modern facilities including a large modern learning envrionment (Te Puna Ako opened in 2016), well-stocked library, two children’s kitchens and a modern hall complex.
  • Classrooms equiped with computers, ipads and either a data projectors, large screen TV or interactive whiteboard.
  • A separate environment for five and six year olds.
  • Four country model class options.
  • An inclusive multicultural environment and Dunedin’s main provider of primary age ESOL teaching.
  • The benefits of partnerships with the University of Otago, the Dunedin Botanical Gardens and two sister schools. 
  • A school with a national reputation in Character Education. In 2013 George Street Normal School was awarded a "National School of Character" award.
  • Quality support programmes such as Advanced Abilities, ESOL, Special Needs and Reading Recovery that meet learning needs of individual children.
  • Strengths-based approaches that are used throughout the school.
  • Learning Commitment agreements for children that are expressed as annual goals, negoiated by students, teachers and parents and reviewed twice per year.
  • A rich performing arts school culture. As well as being the host school for Saturday Morning Music Classes, our dance, drama and music programmes are especially evident in our end-of-year school productions.
  • The choice of 20 cultural/extension groups including French, speech, drama, guitar (no charge), drums (no charge), piano, keyboard and trumpet during the school day and on-site.
  • The choice of 40 sports teams.
  • Professional swimming lessons every year at no charge.
  • A fornightly newsletter that is issued as hard copy and on our website and school app.
  • An annual camp (Year 6) and city adventure week (Year 5).
  • Before school, after school and holiday programmes on site with two full time supervisers and team of 12 tutors. 
  • Friendships with other happy George Street Normal children!