Welcome to Foxton School
Te Kura o Te Awahou
Providing a high quality bilingual education, modern in every way
Nau Mai, Haere Mai ki
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Tararua ngā pae maunga
Ko Manawatu te awa
Ko Ngāti Raukawa te iwi
Ko Ngāti Turanga, Te Au, Rākau, Takihiku, Ngārongo, Hinemata ngā hapū
Ko Te Kura o Te Awahou e mihi ana ki te ao
Foxton Primary School also known as Te Kura o Te Awahou has a long history of educating young minds. In 1857 local Ngāti Raukawa chief Ihakara Tukumaru gifted four acres of land to settlers Thomas Upperdine Cook and others to build a school which opened that same year. Reverend James Duncan was the first teacher in the school.
Today Foxton Primary School is a full primary, year 1-8 located in the heart of the Foxton township, in the Horowhenua region. Chief Ihakara Tukumaru and other original settlers of Foxton are buried in the original town urupā (cemetery) sitting south of the kura.
In 2020 we are staffed for 81 tamariki with 4 full time teachers. Our community is 85% Māori, 12% Pākehā and 2% Pasifika. We have four teaching classes, two of these classes are bilingual Level 3 (30-50% instruction in Māori) and two classes are rumaki Level 1 (100% instruction in Māori), this is the second year we have been able to extend to two rumaki classes because of the increased interest. Te Pā Harakeke o Te Awahou is our Puna Kōhungahunga (Māori medium ECE) situated on site. It is the only Māori medium pre-school in Foxton, and our rumaki classes are the only one for primary aged tamariki in the Horowhenua region. The school is committed to providing bilingual educational opportunities to our tamariki as Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori are highly valued in our setting. Our kura provides a caring and welcoming environment for all our tamariki and their whānau.