About Us

Aoraki Mount Cook School is a rural U1, Decile 9 primary school in the heart of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Having first opened in 1959, the school caters for New Entrants through to Year 8 pupils with a fluctuating roll from 6 to 18 pupils. Our students are from families who work in or near the National Park. At the start of the 2019 school year there are 11 students from 6 different cultures. 

Cultural identity, environmental education, literacy, numeracy, and digital literacy are priority areas in the school, ensuring that all students are given the opportunity to achieve to the best of their ability in these areas.  We celebrate and welcome our cultural diversity and practice cultural inclusiveness.  Our English language learners are supported and, as staff and children, we seek to learn and celebrate each child’s culture. 

We pride ourselves on providing students with the support and learning they require to achieve, and consider our small numbers central to student success. Our school is well supported by the Board of Trustees and a strong parent community. The school enjoys a favourable reputation both in the local community and in the wider education sector.


Our Vision

"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." Sir Edmund Hillary


Our Vision and Values

Values are those things that really matter to us; the ideas and beliefs that we hold as special.


Responsibility (tokohanga)

for self, for others, for the environment


Respect (whakaute)

for self, for others, for our environment


Relationships (whanaungatanga)

with self, with others, with the environment


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