About KNS

Kelburn Normal School is a vibrant, creative and highly regarded primary school, situated in an attractive suburb right on the fringe of Wellington’s cultural and business centre.

Kelburn Normal School is a full primary, with a roll of over 300 children aged from 5 to 13 years.

The school has a strong commitment to high standards of literacy and numeracy, as well as providing opportunities to extend students, by developing their:

  • creative skills through performing and visual arts, music, and second languages
  • physical skills through a wide range of sporting options
  • deeper thinking skills, through programmes and classes run for specific groups and school wide.

“Just wanted to say KNS listens to our daughters interests and really enjoys her class.  She loves all the positive reinforcement she gets.  She is growing in confidence everyday.”

Year 2 students parents

Kelburn Normal School operates 14 classrooms.  In one of these rooms offers a differentiated programme for some students at Year 5-8 level that challenges students to think abstractly called Additional English, as well as the performing arts.

We put a great emphasis on ensuring every child knows they are amongst teachers and friends who genuinely care about them as individuals.  This supportive, stimulating environment creates a foundation for children to discover themselves - gaining positive life skills.

Our students are consistently above average in academic achievement compared to students of similar schools in New Zealand.  We are continuously identifying ways of further improving teaching programmes to meet the individual needs of students. Evidence shows that when our children go to secondary school they are well prepared to succeed.

Kelburn is well known for its excellent arts performances with 3 choirs, kapa haka, an orchestra, multiple bands and ensembles and consistent and frequent drama performances. Lyrica, our auditioned choir is widely regarded across Wellington.

We value being an active school and every child takes part in physical education, sports and games to the level that suits them.  All children at all levels can participate in netball, soccer, volleyball, water polo, cross country, swimming, touch rugby, hockey and rugby.