Principal Statement


Kia Ora koutou, Talofalava, Malolalei, Namaste, Asalam Alakam, Hello and welcome, welcome, welcome.

You've reached Fruitvale School's website. You can also find us on Facebook . We are very active on our media platforms. Our school administrator(Jacqui) regularly publishes to our facebook page, which you are welcome to join, to get a flavour of what makes Fruitvale school great.

It is common for new parents to remark to me that they have discovered and fallen in love with our awesome school community and for veteran parents and whānau to remark on the great education their children get and the village vibe that exists at Fruitvale. 

We are representative of the national make-up of New Zealand's nationalities and ethnic groups. We are colourful, and committed and work hard to make school a great place to be for children and their families. We value diversity and we actively grow our own values. We call them the 5 R's. These values are embodied in all we do and the way we approach what we do. Respect, Responsibility, Risk-taking, Resilience and Reflection permeate all of our learning.

2023 has been an exciting year. We firmly established our regenerative vision for the school to 2030. We are establishing an adventure school in 2024 where tamariki will strive to be thinkers, problem-solvers and communicators, celebrating a love of learning in all aspects of life.  This school within our school will actively promote curiosity, creativity, cooperation self-direction and self-awareness through adventures for tamariki.

We are a Māori Achievement Collaborative (MAC) school. This means I have a Māori Principal advisor alongside me to best understand Tikanga and strategy. We are a trauma-informed school where your child's safety through brain-based science drives our every interaction and development. We are a Garden to Table (GTT) model school, which means GTT has determined that we run the GTT programmes innovatively and very well. Finally, as a ‘Visible Learning’ school, we want tamariki to know where they are in their learning, where they have come from and what they need to learn next.

For you as parents you want to know how you can best support your children in their learning journey. Research tells us that the set of relationships whānau, parent, child, teacher, and school is critical to your child's success. We need you to be talking to your children all the time. Their oral language is where we start when building their knowledge with them. Your explaining, talking, laughing, directing, sharing your experiences, and reading with and to them will add hugely to what they can achieve. We are a very active partnership and value greatly your input.

In 2024 our teacher-only days; January 31, February 1st and 2nd are designed to support our understanding of the critical relationships mentioned above, the reading and writing cycle and what the latest research says that supports children to succeed in these. We believe the well-being of our whole community including the families we serve is vitally important to the comprehensive optimal learning environment of today and into the future

Join us today or watch what we do on Facebook. We look forward to meeting you and to your becoming a member of the Fruitvale community of learners.


Na Mihi Nui kia Koutou

Donal McLean