We are a PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) school. Our purpose is to develop a caring whānau where students’ life-long learning thrives. After consultation with whānau, students and community, our key values are ‘we are kind’ and ‘we always try our best’. Positive behaviours are modelled, taught and incentivised.



We have a bike track on our school grounds that was originally planned by senior students. It is a community resource, often used by groups from our local high school and early childhood centres. We have 32 bikes and helmets in a range of sizes available on site to be used by our students. This was made possible by generous sponsorship.



Lumsden School’s curriculum delivery is enriched by:
Outdoor Education 

  • Year 5-6 camps

  • Junior trips

  • Whole school experiences

  • Winter Adventure Day


Culturally responsive approach to teaching and learning 

  • Strong relationships with students and whānau

  • Integration of te reo me ōna tikanga Māori

  • Whānau groups

  • Whare tapa whā time


The Arts 

  • Biannual school production

  • Opportunities for children to showcase their talents


Integrated Learning 

  • Learning topics are interesting and relevant


Digital Technology 

  • 1:2 ratio of devices schoolwide to allow children to become 21st century learners

  • Variety of technology including chromebooks, iPads, TVs in each class and the staffroom



Kapa Haka is an incredibly important part of our school culture! Our school Waiata was written by Willie Solomon and our school Haka was written by students, then translated and developed by Parker Ormond.


We perform annually at Murihiku Polyfest and were the champions of the Novice Section at Ngā Putangitangi in 2017. Our Kapa Haka is a real source of pride for our ākona, whānau and community.


We practise weekly for the last half hour on Tuesdays and whānau are more than welcome to come and watch or join in. 

Polyfest Performances Playlist / Kapa Haka Waiata Playlist