Our History

Roseneath School was established on Point Jerningham in 1898.

It has been said that at one time the land had been the site of Te Wai Hirere – a stockaded village of Ngai Tara. Te Wai Hirere means “the gushing water”.

Heavy rain had occurred while the Pa was being constructed and a flood swept over the site causing temporary havoc.

The first school building was destroyed by fire on the 29th of May 1926. In the 1930’s the Roseneath School Roll grew to over 300 and a Roseneath Side School was set up in Hataitai.

The school was remodeled in 1978 and again in 1999 when a second story was added to accommodate the growing roll.

Roseneath 1925
Opening of Roseneath School gates by R Semple, 7 December 1929

ERO Report

An ERO review looks at how an early learning service or school reaches positive learning outcomes – knowledge, skills, attitude and habits – for all children and young people. We’re interested in what’s working well and where improvements can be made.

The review process works with an early learning service or school’s own evaluation processes. It also supports a culture of ongoing improvement.

Roseneath School provides a nurturing atmosphere for children and parents alike. We encourage parents to become involved in the many activities that happen at the school.

Our place is your place.

We encourage independence and thinking outside the square as well as pursuits in the arts and music.

As ERO stated:

“​​Children participate and learn in a caring, collaborative learning environment. They enjoy a sense of belonging and connection to the school, friends and community. They are included and cared for and well supported to establish and maintain positive, respectful relationships. Opportunities for leadership and to have their voices heard, are well established.”

Our Special Programmes form an integral part of the teaching and learning activities.

ERO put it this way…

…A diverse range of special programmes is offered…and form an integral and inclusive part of the teaching and learning activities. They offer all students opportunities to further develop academic, cultural, sporting and social skills and facilitate positive interactions between students at all levels.

Roseneath School ERO Report 2017

Our programmes include the following:

Primary Enterprise Programme (PrEP)

PrEP is a programme where the children create a market society. They set up businesses to make products which they market and sell. They have a government, a bank (with Roseneath currency) and a warehouse which sells raw materials. PrEP runs every second or third year.

Te reo me ona tikanga Māori

We have a Roseneath School Te reo me ona Tikanga Māori Plan, written in partnership with mana whenua through our participation in Kura Ahurea. Kura Ahurea is a cultural support kaupapa that provides a Te Ātiawa ki Te Whanganui a Tara/Taranaki Whānui perspective on local historical narratives, tikanga and kawa.

Children across the school have regular te reo lessons, cultural stories, and learn about the tikanga (cultural practices) for our area, as well as our local histories.

School choir

Taken by teacher Maria Malone. It is open to students Yr 3-Yr 8 and performs for school visits, school productions, and assemblies.

The Leadership licence

Our Year 7s and 8s have opportunities to earn their Leadership Licence, working through from Learner Level (supervised by an adult) through to their full Licence (working independently as a small group). Students work in groups to plan trips that support their interests and current learning, researching the timetables, and making contact with sites around Wellington to organise their trip. They head out on their trip, and share their learning with the class when they return. This programme encourages senior students to develop initiative and independence. 


Roseneath students take part in the interschool Artsplash festival on a regular basis. Our students participate in various combinations of the Wearable Arts, Choir, Visual Art and Dance sections.

Rōpū Houses

All students are members of a house team. These teams encourage friendships and learning connections between younger and older students.

We have Rōpū Houses:


The house of the Long White Cloud. Aotearoa acknowledges the Polynesian navigators who used the cloud formations to find this land. Aotearoa represents the air – powerful, strong, and adventurous.


Blue and precious. Kahurangi represents the sea, the water, a very precious element at Roseneath School. Kahurangi acknowledges the early voyagers who travelled to our land by sea, using the waves and the stars to guide them. Kahurangi is fresh and new, ambitious, and brave.


A house that has been reborn. You were Obsidian, the hard, glass-like volcanic rock, and this strength is still part of you. You have chosen to take on the name Mamaku, a giant tree fern. It was used by Māori for its healing properties. Mamaku represents the land and the forest, it represents healing, growth and life. Mamaku, you are loyal and steady.


Our precious greenstone. Traditionally pounamu has been treasured for its strength for tools and hand weapons. Pounamu represents the earth, solid and stable, and Ahakoa he iti, he tāonga – you remind us to treasure the little things.

Whanau Ahi

The house of fire! In traditional history Māui obtained fire from Mahuika. Fire was associated with sacred rituals and ceremonies. Whanau Ahi, you are passionate, powerful and energetic. You are dynamic and your spark inspires others.

Roseneath School encourages its pupils and parents to become actively involved in extra-curricular sports teams and where possible promotes playing for the school teams.

NETBALL – We have 2 teams, a senior and a junior team, which play on a Saturday as part of the Motu Kairangi competition.

BASKETBALL – is very popular across the school and we can have 5 to 6 teams participating in after school competitions at the ASB Centre.

FLOORBALL – is also a popular sport played at the ASB Centre.

We have students participating in a variety of weekend club sports teams in football, hockey, rugby, cricket and tennis etc. Many of our younger footballers play for Miramar Rangers.

In term time our year 5 to 8 students regularly take part in inter-school sports tournaments. These include football, cross country, athletics, kiwi cricket and basketball.

All students Year 1 to Year 8 participate in school athletics, tabloids, cross-country, Jump Jam and water skills.

Year 5 and 6 and Year 7 and 8 take part in annual camps during Term 4. Activities at these camps often include kayaking, abseiling, rafting (seniors), tramping, horse riding and confidence course activities.

Roseneath School provides a nurturing, child-friendly environment where students feel safe, supported and secure.  Opportunities are provided for students that promote a sense of self-value and worth.  Students generally interact positively with each other with senior students taking a leadership role in actively encouraging this through programmes such as Houses – tuakana/teina programmes.

Leadership opportunities are also provided in Physical Education with senior students running tabloid games for junior students.  All students are provided with a variety of opportunities to participate in activities of a competitive nature and those necessary to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Physical Education Curriculum

The following key areas are also identified in the curriculum document.  They may be included in the two yearly cycle of Health teaching.  Each key learning area has aspects that may be taught at all year levels.

Key Area of LearningClarification and Possible Programme Content
Physical ActivityOpportunities to develop:
- Movement skills in a range of areas
- Cultural practices in physical activity
- Their own attitudes and behaviours in physical activity settings
Sports StudiesOpportunities to develop:
- Skills for participating in diverse sporting roles
- Skills to manage competitive and cooperative environments
Outdoor EducationOpportunities to experience:
- Adventure activities and outdoor pursuits that focus on physical skill development, fun and enjoyment