About Palmerston Primary School
Our Primary School is a contributing school for New Entrant to Year 6 students. It is 45 years old and is sited on 3.9 hectares. The school consists of 6 classrooms, a library, a hall and an administration block containing offices, and a sick bay. Classrooms are joined to shared resource rooms in both the senior and junior blocks. A multi-purpose activity centre (hall) was built in 2006.
There are also separate Physical Education and Resource sheds, a covered, heated swimming pool and netball/mini ball courts outside senior classrooms and adjacent to the swimming pool on the top part of our grounds.
Our nearest neighbours include a modern Playcentre which is sited on the school grounds. Across the road to the north is East Otago High School with classes from Y7 to Y13.
Palmerston is primarily a rural junction town, the connecting point of SH1 Dunedin / Christchurch and SH85 Queenstown / Alexandra / Palmerston i.e., Central Otago. Although Palmerston is a Service Centre its more recent growth is because of its position for the workers of Macraes Gold Mine inland from the town.
Despite a reasonable turnover of families the roll is fairly stable. The school is classified as U3, Decile 6 and has pupils from NE to Y6.