Our School

mission statement:

Learners at College Street Normal School experience a future focussed education that prepares them for their future. Children are at the centre of our vision for learning. We value each child as an individual and personalise learning to get the best outcomes.

 Through innovative curriculum design, our learners are engaged in rich learning experiences. Learners have multiple opportunities to explore many different areas of learning and develop the competencies, values and knowledge to live happily and successfully in our ever changing world. We empower our children to actively participate in the learning process and lead their learning.

 At College Street Normal School we live our vision everyday: Engage | Explore | Empower

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It is with great pleasure that I extend a warm welcome to your family. New families are to be congratulated on their choice of school.

College Street Normal School prides itself on providing high quality teaching and learning that enables students to strive for excellence in all areas, particularly in literacy and numeracy. The school is recognised nationally for its innovation and creativity in curriculum delivery, as well as for the emphasis it places on developing the dispositions and skills for successful learning and living in the twenty first century. We are excited to have new families as part of our team and look forward to their full involvement in our quest to provide a high quality education for all students.

Ross Kennedy, Principal


School Profile

College Street Normal School is situated in the Palmerston North suburb of Hokowhitu. We are a contributing school (Years 0-6) established in 1893 with a current grading roll of 592. Our school is Decile 8 (the Ministry of Education socio economic rating).

As a Normal School (from L’Ecole Normale – the style of French Teacher’s College) College Street has a close association with Massey University. As associate teachers, the staff mentor student teachers as they develop their teaching practice.

The school has a significant number of academically able students with many children excelling each year in National and Australasian competitions. Their needs are catered for both within the classroom and additional programmes.  The school also has very robust and comprehensive Learning Support Programmes that cater for students with special learning needs.

Community Profile

College Street Normal School is situated in the Palmerston North suburb of Hokowhitu, in close proximity to the city’s central business area. Rangitane are the tangata whenua.

Palmerston North’s tertiary and research facilities attract employees from all around the world. Massey University, Universal College of Learning (UCOL), the Fonterra Co-operative Group, Landcare Research, Plant & Food Research and Ag Research are allocated within the school’s catchment area and provide employment for many of our parents.

The Lido Swimming Complex, Regent Theatre, Te Manawa – Museum of Art, Science and History, City Library, and extensive public playing fields and courts are also in close proximity of our school. College Street Normal School draws children from all over the city with approximately one third living outside of the school’s designated zone.

Policies and Procedures

An important part of the Board’s governance responsibilities involves setting policies that describe how we expect the school to be run, in order to produce the best outcomes for our students and to fulfil our legal requirements. The application of these policies in the day-to-day running of the school is the responsibility of the principal, in accordance with the procedures and handbooks specified in each policy.

SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies which have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines. The policies and procedures are tailored to fit our school; including school specific information such as our charter, procedures for behaviour management and reporting to parents.

Our policies are monitored by SchoolDocs and updated, modified, or created in response to changes in legislation, significant events, Ministry guidelines, reviews /requests from schools, with regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team. We will advise you when policies are up for review and how you can take part in this review.

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