About Rhode Street School

Our School, Our History, Your Future.

Naumai Haere Mai and Welcome to Rhode Street School; Hamilton’s Whanau (Family) School.

Rhode Street School is located in the south western Hamilton suburb of Dinsdale. The school was established in 1959 and continues to deliver effective learning and teaching programmes for Year 0 to Year 8 students.

Over the past 50 plus years, Rhode Street School has developed as a centre of learning for our local community, leading up to today, where it is recognized as a leader in innovative teaching practice and sustainable quality learning environments.

Our teachers use specific strategies and consultative protocols for effective communication with whānau, families, hapū, iwi and the community. They communicate effectively with all parents and whānau about their child’s learning. They engage with all learners, whānau, hapū, iwi and our Māori communities in open dialogue about teaching and learning, acknowledging and accessing the expertise that all parents, whānau, hapū and iwi offer.

When meeting and talking to our students for the first time, many visitors to our school often comment on how confident, articulate and respectful they are towards others. These same observations are made by our students of their teachers:

“My teacher talks with me about my learning” • “My teacher wants my parents to have a say and makes it possible” • “She listens to my views and those of my friends” • “He shares his views with me and my mates” • “They care about what we think” • “She shares good news (and the not so good) with my parents and whānau” • “my teacher hears what my parents say, expect and want.”

The school’s physical environment is attractive and provides pleasant learning spaces for students, staff and parents; with our extensive shaded areas (provided by our beautiful well established trees), an expansive playing field and neighboring park, two adventure playgrounds, a large astro-turf courtyard area, kitchen garden complete with chooks and a wood-fired pizza oven, and attractive native and exotic plantings (numbering in excess of 1000); we are totally committed to continue protecting, sustaining and enhancing our learning environments.

The school has an eclectic mix of old, modern, refurbished and modern learning spaces, comprising of 11 well-resourced classrooms, the Vicki Signal Media Centre, an FM Radio Station (88.3 fm), a commercial teaching kitchen / tunnel house and hydroponics centre, a school community hall, our world famous Sensory Garden, organic orchards, sustainable vegetable gardens, Kai Time student café, sculpture park, various administration and community spaces, and an Ecological Island (currently under construction).

Our school has an awesome multi-cultural dimension with the diversity of children attending the school coming from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds; including Maori, European, Pacific Island, Indian, Korean, Philippine and Chinese. This eclectic diversity is representative of New Zealand’s changing society and a great place to immerse our children in learning compassion, tolerance, resilience, and empathy. Our cultures are physically represented by the 12 Pou (carved polls) situated just beyond the school’s Waharoa (main entrance gate). Each Pou tells a story about the culture they represent and how they were created by our students.

Our smaller school size (averages around 220 students), low class numbers (average 20 students per teacher) and family atmosphere, ensures our school is an attractive choice for your whanau or family.

Our staff and Board are committed to raising student achievement, students experiencing success, and we all have high expectations for learning and behaviour for all our children and whanau to care for our Shared Values and Vision of:



Everyone Growing and Respecting

A Quality Learning Whanau


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