Learning for Life - Whāia te mātauranga kei tua

Nau mai haere mai!

A warm welcome to Putāruru College. What matters the most to us, is that students here have a strong sense of “Learning for Life - Whāia te mātauranga kei tua”. We want students to experience a high quality education where they feel nurtured, inspired and empowered to achieve highly and be strong in this world.

Putāruru College has a long and proud history. We enjoy a strong sense of community where Yr 7 and 8 students are warmly cared for as they progress up in their senior years. Having 7 different year levels makes our school unique. This helps us create a family-like context for learning, which when combined with high quality teaching practices, can lead to extraordinary experiences and outcomes for our students.  You will find a diverse curriculum, extensive opportunities outside the classroom and many layers of leadership here at Putāruru College. 


We believe in EVERY student that walks through the gates of Putāruru College. Whether you are top or bottom of the class, are stink at PE, love drawing, hate talking, have a part time job, enjoy reading, have 8 siblings you look after, only go to school to eat your lunch, are the best GS at netball, live for the library, enjoy doing performances, have your own ant collection - whatever you bring with you in your kete of experiences and knowledge - you are warmly welcome here at Putāruru College. 


It is not if you are bright, it is how you are bright. 

Aki aki te tī o te tangata - nurture the indescribable light within a person. 


It is our job as teachers and schools to open doors, to set students up for success and to support every student to find their passion, purpose, and next step in life. 


I was privileged to gain this role in June 2021. I want you to know that we are creating a new strategic plan and redesigning our curriculum ahead of 2022. This is a very exciting time for our students, staff, school, whānau and community. We look forward to our journey with you.


Ngā mihi

Sharon Moller

Principal