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Our Community

Tēnā tātou katoa e te whānau

Dobar dahn, Nabad, Hola, Ciao, Ni hao, Namaste, Talofa, Bonjour, Χαιρετίσματα, Grüß Gott, Zdravím, Приветствия, Sawasdee, Konnichiwa, Pozdrowenia, Selamlar, Guten tag, Salaam, Salama Aleikum, Leikum Zdras-Tvuy-Te, Ahn-Young-Ha-Se-Yo, Marhaba, Nay Hoh, Ayubowan, Xin Chào, Kia Orana


Clyde Quay School (CQS) is a vibrant Wellington inner city school. Our school was founded in 1889 and was initially located where the current Central Firestation stands hence the name Clyde Quay. It shares its site with Pikopiko Kindergarten children aged 3-4 years. This arrangement makes the transition to school smooth.


With its approximately 245 - 265 students between the ages of 5 and 13 years, our whanau and children are from a diverse range of backgrounds; we enjoy the interactions and experiences this brings. Its diversity reflects Aotearoa NZ and enables us to learn about the way each of us lives and what each of us values. 


The city is on our doorstep and staff takes every opportunity to maximise the learning opportunities it has to offer. Students frequent the city to undertake specific projects and excursions; juniors under the tutelage of staff and senior school students independently at various times.


The school aims to:

  • extend each child’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical and spiritual development and

  • continue to provide a welcoming and creative school environment for all whānau.


CQS curriculum reflects its diverse community population and 21st Century Learning underpins learning: Mandarin and French are offered at Y7-8; Maori is integrated across curriculum; technology is germane to learning; the Arts and sciences are treated both as individual disciplines and integrated. Likewise health and physical education are just as important as CQS aims for a balanced curriculum. Obviously core curriculum and foundation skills are the mainstay of any school.


Like all schools, personnel maximise its respective expertise; at different times ukelele club, choir, creative writing, art creation, chinese class, code camp, and sports etc are on offer during/ or after school depending on demand. Clubs change as demand and expertise changes.


Nōku te rourou

Nōu te rourou

Ka ora ai te wawata moemoea hoki

O tātou tamariki mokopuna 


With my contributions

With your contributions

The aspirations and dreams

Of our children and grandchildren will be realised


Liz Patara Tumuaki/Principal

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