Principal's Welcome

Ngata Memorial College provides a safe and caring learning environment, recognises individual needs, and encourages all students to develop to their full potential. Through celebrating our Ngati Poroutanga our tamariki will have access to te reo me ona tikanga, our whakapapa, history and resources.


We value, respect and care for each or our tamariki and rangitahi. We recognise and nurture their special talents, qualities and character. We support their whole/holistic development: spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, moral and physical. We see the development of positive relationships in our school community as key to the engagement of our students in their learning.


We cater for students from Years 1-13 and this means that we are a whanau focused school.  It is common to see our senior students helping the younger ones both in the playground and in the classroom.  We work to  inspire our tamariki and rangatahi taurira with innovative and transformative learning founded on positive and respectful relationships. We pride ourselves on developing these positive relationships which allows our younger students to enjoy a safe and supported environment while our older students develop valuable leadership and communication skills.  We sincerely believe that students learn best when they enjoy being at school and feel safe and supported in the school environment


Our small size means that we can offer small classes which focus on individual needs.  Our size has also meant that we have had to be innovative in how we deliver our senior curriculum. We have embraced technology to ensure that our senior students have a comprehensive range of subjects to choose from.  We then support these students to develop individual learning pathways which enables them to make meaningful and informed choices about their future study and work.  E-learning through the use of web based applications is embedded practice in our school.


We have a close relationship with our community and enjoy the support of our Whanau.  We incorporate the values of mana, manaaki and  tieki by respecting, caring and upholding the mana of all those in our community. We celebrate  our close affiliations as taina/tuakana across our whanau, hapu and iwi and incorporating the values of inclusiveness, participation and unity.


I  welcome the opportunity to talk with you about the many opportunities Ngata Memorial College would offer your children and can be contacted at the school.

 Peter Heron, Principal

2020 Term Dates

Term 1

Wednesday 29th January to Friday 27 March

Term 2

Wednesday 15 April to Friday 3rd July 

Term 3

Monday 20th July to Friday 25th September

Term 4

Monday 12th October to Thursday 10th December 


1 College Road North, Ruatoria, Gisborne 4032

Ph: (06) 864-8164