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At Murchison Area School we are committed to providing the very best education that we can for our students in a caring environment.  Pastoral care at our school is paramount to enabling students to develop academically, physically, socially and personally.  We place a high value on the 3 A’s:

  • Attitude
  • Application
  • Achievement

The school recognises the unique nature of our area in terms of life style, tourism and friendliness.  We are able to offer a variety of learning opportunities which cater for the needs of all students from Year 0 to Year 13.

Our Primary syndicate has small class sizes and a low teacher/pupil ratio, currently 15.  This allows us to have great relationships and focus upon raising achievement for all our students.  We employ highly qualified and experienced staff who place a high value on education and the wider, whole person.

Secondary students have the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects with specialist staff within school and we also have strong Distance Learning Options such as Te Kura, Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) and many other providers.  This allows us to provide all the courses and subjects required by our students for whichever pathway they may wish to embark on.  We have very strong academic results enabling our students to move onto Tertiary education at University, Polytechnic or into the field of employment.  The school also works closely with the our local community to place students in work experience and Gateway Placements.  In 2017 we have also placed students in the Top of the South Island Trade Academies for the first time, therefore allowing our students to work in a Tertiary field whilst still being at school.

We are proud of the achievements of our young people.  Murchison students can stand tall when they leave our school, knowing that they have been given every opportunity to succeed in what ever pathway they have chosen and flourish in.


61 Waller Street

Postal Address:
PO Box 73


(03) 523 9072

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