The Board of Trustees, Staff, Students and Principal would like to extend a warm welcome to all visitors to our website.

Ararimu is a small rural school with an enviable reputation.  It offers a wide curriculum for Year 1 – 8 pupils.  Students achieve well and we encourage and welcome students who are self managing learners.

The Ararimu Valley is within a 15 minute drive time from both Papakura and Pukekohe.  The school sits in a valley bordered by the Bombay Hills to the south-west and the Hunua Ranges to the north-east.

Our educational goal is to provide an environment that is positive, progressive, stimulating, rewarding and FUN!  An environment that provides for the development of each child's individual potential. We aim, with the involvement of parents, to develop confident, happy, independent students by providing programmes of work that cater for all levels of achievement, concentrating on individual needs across the curriculum.


Dear Prospective Parents and Guardians,

I am delighted to extend a warm and hearty welcome to you as you consider Ararimu School for your child's educational journey. As the Principal of this wonderful institution, I want to share with you the essence of what makes our school a remarkable place for learning and growth.

At Ararimu School, we believe that education is a journey of discovery, and we are committed to providing an environment where your child can thrive academically, socially, and personally. Here are a few key highlights about our school that I would like to share with you:

Choosing the right school for your child is a significant decision, and we are here to support you every step of the way. I invite you to explore our school further and get to know our dedicated staff, who are committed to providing the best possible education for your child.

 I also encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns. Your active engagement in this process is essential, and we're here to help you with all the information and support you need.

Thank you for considering Ararimu for your child's education. We look forward to the possibility of welcoming you and your family into our school community and helping your child embark on a path to a bright and successful future.

PURPOSE  -  To engage children in a relevant and high quality education that will enable them to achieve.


A learning pathway for future success. 

Our students grow in a vibrant, innovate learning environment through best teaching practices. Ararimu translates to ‘Pathway through the Rimu’ - The staff consistently reinforce our school values to the children. They have the ability to ready our students for their pathway for life within and beyond Ararimu Valley.


To engage children in a relevant and high quality education that will enable them to achieve.


We are a school that values;

Respect, Integrity, Leadership, Excellence and how each member of our school community embraces them. (RILEY)

2024 Term Dates

Term One         

Tuesday 30th January to Friday 12th April

Public Holidays - Waitangi Day 6/2 , Easter 29/3 to  2/4, 

A teacher-only day - 28/3

Term Two         

Wednesday 26 April - Friday 30 June  

Monday 29th April to Friday 5th July

Public Holidays - Kings Birthday 3/6, Matariki 28/6

A Teacher-Only Day - 4 June 

Term Three

Monday 22nd July to Friday 27th September

A Teacher Only Day - Friday 30 August

Term Four           

Monday 14th October to Tuesday 17th December (1.00 pm)
Public Holidays - Monday 28th October - Labour Day

A Teacher-Only Day - Friday 25th October