Mt Cook School is a community where belonging, curiosity & creativity matter.

Kia Ora and welcome to Mt Cook School, a diverse, vibrant community nestled on the edge of the central city.

We are an enthusiastic, busy and fun place to be. At Mt Cook School we know the importance of understanding the whole child and we value what each tamariki and their whanau brings to our school. We are a curious group of learners and teachers and we are always looking for opportunities to inspire and share the world with our tamariki. We believe learning should be a playful experience that meets tamariki where they are and brings out the best in them.

Lliam Carran, Principal

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The latest from our tamariki

Turning Points: Te Huringa

Harakeke class are a creative and energetic group of learners who work well together and are always keen to share their interesting and ...more

Junior Scientist Course at Otago University in Wellington

In Term 2, a group of 25 senior students had the opportunity to attend a three week science course run by the Otago Medical School ...more

Creating with clay

In term two Katipo class worked hard to create beautiful clay masterpieces. Nicola worked with the class helping the students with the ...more

What our Tamariki say about Mt Cook School

"At Mt Cook school the playground is friendly. If you don’t have someone to play with, lots of people will offer to include you. It’s easy to make friends."



Do you have tamariki turning five soon or are you moving into the area with a primary school age child? We’d love to meet your whanau and talk you through the enrolment process.

Find out more about enrolment

If you have a preschooler in the family, Mt Cook Preschool is on the school grounds, enabling a smooth transition to school, when the time comes.

Learn about our preschool

Important information

2021 Term dates

Term 1 2021 (11 weeks)
Thursday 4 February – Friday 16th April
Waitangi Day – 8 February
Teacher Only Day – Thursday 1 April
Easter Holidays 2 April – 6 April

Term 2 2021 (10 weeks)
Monday 3 May – Friday 9 July
Teacher Only Day – Friday 4 June
Queen’s Birthday – Monday 7 June

Term 3 2021 (10 weeks)
Monday 26 July – Friday 1 October

Term 4 2021 (9 weeks)
Monday 18 October – Wednesday 15 December
Teacher Only Day – Friday 22 October
Labour Day – Monday 25 October


Stationery lists

Middle Syndicate 2021


Drop offs and pick ups need to be on Tory St or on the Martin Square slip road but cars can not be left and please no parking anywhere on Sages Lane. The council is ticketing cars that are parked in the wrong place or without pay and display. Te Papa over the road has asked that we don’t park in their area as it blocks access and is not safe. The car park behind the bible society and in front of skills active are also not for school parking. You can park in The Warehouse carpark and walk down as the first 90 minutes are free. Thanks for your support with this.


Whanau are welcome to come in and meet our librarian, Vickie. She can show you around and suggest something great to read to your tamariki. Watch out for Book Week in the events section it is a lot of fun.