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Open Day


An invitation to all parents and prospective parents to view our school in action

Tuesday, 2 August
9.30am - 11.15am, 11.45am - 1pm, 2pm - 2.45pm

Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School opened in 1941. It is the oldest of three intermediate schools in the city. 
A decile 9 school, Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School is located near the central business district.

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Kia ora,

PNINS is the largest intermediate school in the heart of Palmerston North and provides high quality education to over 700 fantastic students. Opened in 1940, it is the first Intermediate school in the region with a huge reputation for excellence having high expectations in all areas of school life.

Our traditional values have ensured that our students have a confident and capable ‘can do’ attitude to life which enables them to contribute positively to our learning community. Our values of PERSISTENCE, RESILIENCE, ORGANISATION, CONFIDENCE and GETTING ALONG arm our students for success in whatever endeavours they pursue.

As the new Principal I am amazed at the amount of opportunities that are on offer at PNINS with sports, performing arts and a large range of academic opportunities that really challenge and extend our students.We believe in participating in many local and national events that enable students to rise to the challenge and test their capabilities.

We are a ‘team orientated’ school with passionate and caring educators who want to make a difference to each and every student. We are extremely fortunate to have such high support from parents and the various community groups which enable us to offer such a rich and diverse curriculum.

We use technology to enhance and organise our learning with a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programme that enables students to access a range of digital devices. These are used in a well considered and thoughtful manner, allowing for greater authenticity and ‘real life’ learning experiences to occur.

PNINS has 22 different nationalities that make up its school roll and provides a culturally inclusive environment where students care, learn and respect difference. This has created a large interest for language classes in which we offer French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese and Te reo Maori.

Our Performing Arts programme is outstanding and I believe a point of difference for our school. The music, dance and drama programmes are of extremely high quality which is reflected in the attendance and popularity of the school’s productions, cultural exchanges and school assemblies. This is supported by the community Music School of over 400 students that operates on a Saturday morning on our school site.

As a ‘Normal’ School (from l’ecole Normale) the school has a close association with the Massey University College of Education. Throughout the year our school works closely with the Massey University College of Education, to facilitate programmes which benefit our students and prepare trainees for teaching.

I am extremely honoured and proud to be only the sixth principal appointed in this school’s long history and am committed to continuing our focus on excellence in all areas of school life. Each student reaching their full potential is our aim with my role to help create a culture of collaboration, reflection and improvement. Being visible and available to staff, students and the community is what I enjoy and feedback is always welcome.

Hamish Ruawai





Self acceptance along with risk taking and independence




Being tolerant of others while playing by the rules and thinking first.




Optimism while working hard and through obstacles




Setting goals and planning time to meet them




Staying calm and keeping perspective to bounce back in a positive way




In the pursuit of excellence through quality education and through provision of specialised experiences we are uniquely suited to the intermediate age group.



PNINS has an academic focus where all children are encouraged and challenged to work hard to achieve their best.


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