Carncot Independent School for Girls and Boys

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Carncot Independent School
263 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North
Coordinates 40°20′59″S 175°37′18″E / 40.349770°S 175.621691°E / -40.349770; 175.621691Coordinates: 40°20′59″S 175°37′18″E / 40.349770°S 175.621691°E / -40.349770; 175.621691
Type Coeducational Independent day school Years 1-8
Motto Veritas omnia vincit - Truth conquers all
Established Circa 1903
Ministry of Education Institution no. 4101
Principal Christine Michalski
School roll 95
Socio-economic decile 10

Carncot Independent School is a coeducational independent day school serving Years 1 to 8. It is located close to the central city of Palmerston North in the Manawatu District. Currently, 95 students are enrolled. New Zealand European make up 70% of the roll, with Māori, Pacific Island, European, South African, Middle and Far Eastern families represented. The school accepts international students.


About 1903, Constance Stanford began taking students for her school, which was located in rooms above William Park's stationery shop on Broadway. The school moved to several different locations until taking up residence in the Fitzherbert homestead on its present site at 263 Broadway Avenue in 1955. In 1998, the house was moved forward and a new school built at the back to accommodate an increasing roll. In 2003, a new gymnasium was added. The old school hall was converted into a music suite and the art gallery was opened in 2009.[citation needed]

Both boys and girls have attended the junior school since the early days, but no boys were enrolled in the last quarter of a century. Until 2013, Carncot was one of a handful of schools offering primary education in a girls-only context.[citation needed]

In late 2012, it was announced that for the first time in 30 years,[1] boys between years 1 and 6[2] would be able to enrol at the school from 2013.[3]

The School is now open to intermediate aged boys and already has boys enrolled at this level in 2014.

The school is governed by the Carncot Trust Board.

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The staff is composed of a principal, two associate principals, nine classroom teachers and an administration team of seven staff.

The school uses the New Zealand Curriculum and there is one class at each year level. Students attend specialist classes in Mathematics, Art, Physical Education, Languages and Music with teachers employed specifically for these subject areas. Languages offered include Te Reo Māori, Spanish, French and Japanese. Music tuition is available in piano, digital keyboard, violin, viola, clarinet, flute, saxophone and voice. The educational focus is on personalised learning, with specific learning needs and abilities provided for by specialist teachers. The school has a reputation for high achievement. Students participate in a wide range of sporting and cultural events, competitions and clubs in a balanced and holistic approach to education.[citation needed]

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