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Our Vision 

To ensure our students are able to take their place in the world they will be Resilient, Resourceful, Respectful and Responsible individuals 

Principal's Welcome


Gorge Road School is a Year 1-8, full primary school located on the Southern Scenic Route to the Catlins between Invercargill and Fortrose. We are staffed with three teachers for core curriculum areas, and a teaching Principal.  Our staff brings a range of expertise, abilities and interests to their classrooms, providing a broad foundation for creative and exciting educational opportunities and positive learning outcomes for all of our students.

Our school is a key part of the Gorge Road community and is well served by a team of highly professional and skilled staff, an efficiently run Board of Trustees led by Dianne, and an enthusiastic PTA led by Kim . 

Gorge Road School is part of the Lower Mataura Valley Community of Learning and the Southern Zone Cluster of Schools. The Zone offers a wide range of sports as well as opportunities to mix with seven other schools for inter-school sporting and cultural experiences. The Zone also runs a programme especially for Years 7 & 8 students.

Our small class sizes allow us to ensure optimum levels of achievement for all students by engaging them in personalised learning relevant to their needs, so they are challenged and motivated to work hard, and to enjoy their successes.

We pride ourselves on being a vibrant multi-cultural environment, with students identifying as NZ European, Indonesian, Dutch, Filipino and Maori. See our performance at Polyfest 2019

We are committed to maintaining strong partnerships between school and home.
We believe that the best learning takes place with positive, transparent communication, and encourage you to share your comments regarding your child’s learning with us.

Jenny Craig




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Latest Notices

Touch rugby RSVP of interest
4 Sep 2023

Kiaora folks,

I have received 2 RSVPs so far, are there any rugby players interested in playing touch?
Warren has given me an extra couple of days, so please check with your tamariki and let me know by Wednesday.

Enjoy the Sun,  Brendan.

GRS NL kakariki NL and pet day!!!
1 Sep 2023

Tēnā koutou folks,

Hope you have been taking advantage of the wonderful weather this week?! The seedlings have bolted which is great, it also feels like Labour weekend is too far away so, I might be brave and plant some early spuds too!

Lots of traffic heading down to the rivers, cars, trailers, boats, campervans and buses. It's a hive of activity! Saw a net out in the Mataura on Holz Rd at 8:30am this morning so prepare yourself if you're heading down.
Hopefully lambing/calving is going well and things are looking good for the first month of spring.
We all know the last cold snap can happen early October so don't go hiding your thermals yet.

I have activated the reply email option to this message, just incase it's easier to do it through here for the pet day replies. Never used it before so who knows what it will do...

Plenty of notices attached and lots of excited tamariki around here! Have a fabulous weekend and catch you when I see you! 

Ngā mihi nui,

Brendan Mason
kaiwhakahaere tari / Office Manager


26 Aug 2023

Hi everyone. 
Unfortunately the gym practice scheduled for Sunday is now cancelled.
Our apologies for any inconvenience. 

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