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Arthur Street School
26 Arthur Street
Dunedin 9016
03 477 6524 office
03 477 6987 fax

Office manager: Michelle Vial


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About us

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.


School vision

Arthur Street School is Dunedin’s old­est school and as such, has a long and proud tra­di­tion of provid­ing primary edu­ca­tion for the chil­dren in its care.

  • Factors that make Arthur Street School the spe­cial place it is include the fol­low­ing:
  • Every child is acknow­ledged as a unique indi­vidu­al with spe­cial qual­it­ies and needs. It is the school’s respons­ib­il­ity to meet these needs in the best pos­sible way.
  • Chil­dren are encour­aged and sup­por­ted in acknow­ledging and respect­ing their own rights and the rights of oth­ers.
    Respect, Respons­ib­il­ity and Resource­ful­ness are key val­ues encour­aged in all that we do.
  • Arthur Street School wel­comes and encour­ages parental/caregiver input. Par­ents are wel­come at any time into the school with our “open door poli­cy”. Fort­nightly news­let­ters, house meet­ings, open BOT and PTA meet­ings, par­ent inter­views and ready access to teach­ing staff and the prin­cip­al are some of the ways good home/school com­mu­nic­a­tion is main­tained.
  • The school oper­ates a Stu­dent School Coun­cil.
  • Arthur Street School has a strong com­mit­ment to provid­ing the best pos­sible learn­ing envir­on­ment includ­ing the latest resources, tech­no­logy and staff devel­op­ment pro­grammes for its mem­bers
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