Te Kura Taumata o Panguru is unique in a number of ways. It came to be built in Panguru at the insistence of the local people and because of their determination to provide accessible secondary education for their children. Previous to this, those families who could afford it sent their sons to Hato Petera (Auckland) and their daughters to St Josephs (Napier) for secondary schooling.
From the time it was built in 1962 and formally opened in December 1964, this was New Zealands smallest High School, catering for students from Form 3 to Form 5. The head teachers at the time wer Mr & Mrs Foley, but they wer soon succeeded by Pius and Arapera Blank who, with their two small children, Anton and Marino, stayed until the end of 1967.
In December 1982 the High School closed for the last time, together with two nearby schools, St Josephs Convent and Motuti School, and re-opened in 1983 as Panguru Area School. Buildings were trucked and floated into Panguru to accommodate the primary classes, and this period from 1982 to 1986 was a time of great building activity and upheaval for our school.
In December 1986 the area school was officially opened by the Governor General Sir Paul Reeves, who flew direct to Panguru from Antarctica for the occassion – a memorable flight of 17 hours on an Air Force Jet.
The schools name was formally gazzetted as Te Kura Taumata o Panguru in 1994, in keeping with the nature of the school, whose roll has always been almost 100% maori. It is also predominantly Catholic, which helps to explain the Religious presence that contributes to the culture of our school.
As is common in most rural schools, our roll fluctuates from year to year but currently sits between 80-100 students. We are fortunate to be supported by highly experienced leaders in our Principal Mina Pomare-Peita, Leaders of Learning and passionate teaching and support staff who enable a consistent delivery of quality teaching and learning at our school.
Our facilities include soon to be refurbished classrooms which are grouped into Junior (Taumata), Middle (Tihi) & Senior (Paerangi) Learning areas of the school. In addition to this we are proud of our early childhood transition space, gymnasium, pool, netball courts, sports field, hall, and library. All of which provide a valuable social and educational forum for our school and the wider community.