Arthur Street School is located in Arthur Street, Dunedin and is bordered by a public reserve, the Town Belt and Otago Boys High School.
Arthur Street School is Dunedin’s longest established school having somewhat unique beginning. It started on board the “Phillip Laing” where the immigrants’ school teacher, James Blackie commenced classes. On arrival, the school was transferred to a waterfront site near the foot of Dowling Street where it was known as the Beach School. In 1864 the school was shifted to the corner of Tennyson Street and York Place where it was known as the Middle School. In 1877 it was shifted to its present site and renamed Arthur Street School. The school was rebuilt in the mid 1960’s replacing the original buildings with the ones you see today.
Arthur Street School has had a long and distinguished association providing high quality education to the young citizens of Dunedin. Today one of the features of Arthur Street School’s community is its multi-cultural facet. The majority of our children come from a European background and families identify themselves as New Zealanders of European heritage while others see themselves as Pakeha New Zealanders. There are also a significant number of New Zealanders from Korea, Hong Kong, China, Fiji, Iran, Australia and South Africa. Another aspect of this multi-cultural feature is that some of the children are born with a dual cultural heritage by virtue of the fact their parents bring together two cultures.
Our school community not only brings to the school a diverse cultural and linguistic background but also a diverse social and economic background.
The school welcomes involvement of parents and caregivers in the school environment.