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Ma nga tamariki katoa

Mâ ngâ tamariki katoa

Nau mai haere mai ki Te Kura Kaupapa Mâori o Bernard Fergusson me ôna tikanga i roto i te kimi mâtauranga. Kua paiheretia ki ngâ taonga e tûhono atu ana ki ngâ âhuatanga o te whakataukî a Kîngi Tawhiao ko Ngâruawâhia tôku tûrangawaewae. Nâ Te Puea i whakatutuki i te wâ i hangatia ai te marae mô te Kîingitanga.

Kei raro tçnei kura i te korowai o te marae o Tûrangawaewae me ôna tikanga. Kei raro hoki tenei kura i te tongi a Te Puea mahia te mahi hei painga mô te iwi.

Ko Pôtatau te tangata, ko Taupiri te maunga, ko Waikato te awa

He piko he taniwha, he piko he taniwha, Waikato taniwharau


Curriculum Programme

The Te Kura Kaupapa Mâori o Bernard Fergusson Curriculum Statement is based on Te Awa o Waikato as the symbolic metaphor of life long learning as it journeys through the Waikato and passes sites of significant events in Waikato history.

The river is a living embodiment of our tribal identity and as such is a living taonga. Students are kaitiaki of the river and therefore responsible for their own life-long learning journey. The journey in education ebbs and flows just as the river does in its flow to the open sea.

Our Community Involvement

Amongst the myriad of things our kura participates or is involved in, experiencing the learning rather than learning about an experience. Hence, education outside the classroom is a feature of our learning programme complemented by well-planned and prepared classroom activities where students are intrinsically motivated to learn. Gathering specks of evidence to build richer profiles of each and every student is a critical part of our programme and just as important as deliberate acts of teaching to engage them.

Our School History

Ngâruawâhia Primary School No. 3 opened on Monday 24th May 1965 with 8 classrooms and a roll of 275.

A formal approach was made to Sir Bernard Fergusson, Governor General of New Zealand and Dependencies 1962 - 1967, to name the school after him. He agreed on 24th September 1965 and on April 4th 1966 he officially opened Bernard Fergusson School and became its Patron.

Bernard Fergusson School, at the behest of parents and grandparents, translated to Bernard Fergusson Bilingual School in 1986 and to Te Kura Kaupapa Mâori o Bernard Fergusson on 1st February 1993.

Who we are

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Upcoming Events & News

May 10 Sailor Asthma Show
May 11 Kapahaka - parents hui
May 15 BOT meeting (6:30pm)
May 17 Kura teina pangarau workshop for parents (6-7pm)
May 24 Boostrix vaccination
May 24 Kura teina pangarau workshop for parents (6-7pm)
May 26 Boostrix vaccination catchup
May 31 Kura tuakana korero workshop for parents (6-7pm)
June 5 Queens Birthday (public holiday)
June 7 Kura tuakana korero workshop for parents (6-7pm)
June 9 Kura teina netball tournament
June 14  Kura tuakana tuhituhi workshop for parents (6-7pm)
June 19  BOT meeting 
June 20 Interschool Soccer and Hockey 
June 21 Kura tuakana English workshop for parents (6-7)
June 23 Matariki breakfast (7am)
June 23 Patukitahi Rugby league/Netball tournament 
June 27 (Interschool Soccer and Hockey)
July 3 Mid-year reports distributed to parents 
July 5  Student-led parent interviews *
July 7 End of school term 

Student-led parent interviews will take place on Wednesday 5 July from 3.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. (students will be released from kura at 2.00 p.m.). The interview is an opportunity for your child to tell you all about their learning – in their own words. The teacher will be present but only to facilitate the interview and prompt the student if appropriate or necessary.

Please note that the interview is about your child telling you about their learning. If you have any concerns about behaviour or anything else this must be deferred to a mutually agreeable later date and time.



Student Stories

Korero from former students while attending Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Bernard Fergusson.


Contact Us


Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Bernard
Fergusson, 53 Duke Street, Ngaruawahia 
PO Box 80, Ngaruawahia, 3742
PHONE 0064 7 8248099