MISSION STATEMENT : To improve learning outcomes by building a ‘Kind’ school through engaging our whole community to value learning, themselves and others.

Kia Ora, Sali bonane, Talofa Lava, Malo Ni, Malo e lelei, Kia Orana, Sabai Di, Namaste, Chao, Kamon Achen, Hi, fakalofa lahi atu, Hola, Sous day, Nee Hao Ma, An young ha se yo, Sawat di kap, Bula, Ciao, Mobuhay, Kumusta, Askan, Dobro, Jutro, Namaskar, Dobry den, Halo Olaketa, Marhaba, Uraho, Welkom.

Cosgrove School is a Year 1 – 6 primary school in Papakura, serving a multicultural South Auckland community. The school first opened in 1959, and has established a strong reputation in our community for being an excellent place for our tamariki to learn and grow into confident, motivated citizens who respect themselves, each other and their environment.

Cosgrove School has modern classrooms, with many built or refurbished into the Innovative Learning Environment style with open spaces where two teachers work with their combined class. Students have access to considerable IT resources with sets of chromebooks and tablets available for their use. We operate three syndicates, Junior Y1 & 2, Middle Y3 & 4 and Senior Y5 & 6, each with wonderfully experienced senior leaders, and a team of talented, enthusiastic and motivated teachers. We also support our teaching with a large number of teacher aides, who assist in classroom programmes or work independently with groups of students. We are very fortunate to have extensive grounds, three separate playgrounds, a solar heated swimming pool and a well-resourced library.

At Cosgrove School, we believe strongly that education is a partnership between the school and the Whanau, and we seek opportunities for families to be involved in their child’s learning.

We are very proud of our school and the educational opportunities that we offer our students.

School Hours

Our school day is as follows:

  • 8.30am Children may enter the school grounds

  • 8.55am Assembly and line up for class

  • 10.55am Lunch

  • 11.40am Classes resume

  • 1.20pm Afternoon Tea

  • 1.50pm Classes resume

  • 3.00pm School day ends

There are no shortened school days for wet weather.

The school cannot take any responsibility for children who arrive before 8.30am. Any children arriving before 8.30am must assemble and wait quietly on the court area behind the hall or in front of the hall until the 8.30am bell. If it is wet, they may wait under the adjacent covered areas.

School Office

The school office is staffed between 8.30am and 3.30pm each day. Our answer phone operates outside these hours.




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Term 2 Start
Monday 3 May

Queens Birthday | School CLOSED
Monday 7 June

Teacher Only Day | School CLOSED
Tuesday 8 June