2023 School Leaders

The Great Kiwi Road Trip

The staff, students, Board of Trustees and the community of Urenui School welcome you and your family to the Urenui School community. We hope your time involved with our school will be worthwhile, rewarding and enjoyable.

Urenui is a rural school, currently with four classes and a roll of around 90 children.

A high level of consultation exists between parents and staff and the involvement of the community is encouraged whenever possible. The staff believes that close co-operation of home and school is vital for effective intellectual growth, and look forward to frequent contact with parents. They particularly welcome and appreciate assistance with class activities and involvement in sporting and cultural pursuits.

Urenui School opened in 1876. It was once a ‘full primary’ school however due to a local intermediate opening in Waitara it became a ‘contributing school,’ catering for Years 1-6 children in a coastal setting. It is a spacious school with four classrooms operating and a library which is also used for Te Reo.

Students leave at the end of Year 6 and in general attend Intermediate / Secondary schools in Waitara or New Plymouth.

Urenui School is situated twenty five minutes north of New Plymouth. Children attending the school come from the village itself or surrounding area.

Urenui School belongs to the North Taranaki Cluster group. This is a group of four rural schools. The children meet regularly for sporting, cultural and learning activities. The teachers meet once a term to share ideas, participate in professional development. Occasionally the school students also participate in inter-school activities in the wider Taranaki area. 

A U2 Principal leads and manages Urenui School, working together with a team of  teachers and 

teacher-aides. They bring with them a collective range of abilities.  The school also employs a Te Reo teacher and a Reading Recovery teacher for two hours a day. 

2022 Term Dates

Term One

Tuesday 31 January- Thursday 24 April

Term 2

Wednesday 26 April - Friday 30 June

Term 3

Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September

Term 4

Monday 9 October - TBC

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School Timetable

The school is supervised from 8am (when the first bus arrives) until 3.20pm daily (last bus leaves). There is no guaranteed supervision for the children out of these hours, as teachers are using the time for classroom preparation purposes, meetings and Professional Development.

Classes commence 9.00am

Morning break 11.00 am -     11.20am

Lunch         1.00 pm -


School finishes 3.00pm