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We are James Cook School, situated in the town of Marton.  Our school community includes our students, from Year 1 to 8, their whānau and our staff.  We acknowledge the relationship we have with Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa and the connections we have with the eight schools in our South Rangitīkei Kāhui Ako.
Our students come from many backgrounds, 48% identify as European, 35% are Māori and 11% are Samoan.  Students from Cambodian, Indian, Tongan, Japanese and Australian backgrounds also make up our diverse student community.
Our school opened its gates to the foundation pupils on Tuesday 3rd February, 1970.  The school is now welcoming a second generation of families and we aim to continue to welcome generations to come.
Our staff range in age and experience – we are well resourced; 10 teaching staff (including a release teacher and ESOL/Reading Recovery teacher), 9 Learning Assistants, 2 office administrators and a full-time caretaker.  The staff are fully supported by our Principal, Deputy Principal and Board of Trustees, of which there are 5 parent-elected representatives and our recently formed ‘Friends of James Cook School’.
An enrolment scheme has been in place for a number of years now.  Enrolments are accepted from those who live within our home zone.  Those who live out of the zone may enrol when enrolment periods are open.  More details are available in the ‘Enrolment’ section.

Our Vision 

Achieving excellence through aroha, endeavour and resolution. 

Our Mission Statement 

Building an interdependent community of engaged learners who go forth to influence the world around them.
In 2022 the staff worked together to develop a set of school-wide expectations which details what we expect from our students.  This is seen in the image below.  These expectations reflect the ‘behaviours’ that it takes to achieve our vision.  
Our vision and mission are underpinned by our school values, values which have been embedded in our school for many years.
The values and aspirations of our whānau are equally valued.  Each year we seek the aspirations of our whānau through our ‘Huakina Mai’ survey and beginning of year community events.

School Wide Expectations