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.
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.
- The school is organised on a whanau or family-grouping basis. The rational for this is that the mixed age range that makes up all classes, allows for a more natural grouping of children for learning and social interactions, positive role modeling by older children for younger children, flexibility of placement of children, the creation of a learning environment, where a range of abilities can be catered for, not solely based on age.
- Arthur Street School welcomes and encourages parental/caregiver input. Parents are welcome at any time into the school with our “open door policy”. Parental opinion is invited, acknowledged and acted upon. 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