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LSS is unique in what it offers to children, to their growth and to their learning.
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About Us

Our Comfortable and Modern School

Welcome to Lytton Street School. This year is planned to be an extremely exciting year. We are continuing a range of innovative programmes for our students as well as focusing on the core skills of Literacy and Numeracy, with an emphasis on Outdoor Education.

Term Dates 2024

Wednesday 31 January - Thursday 11 April

Monday 29 April - Friday 5 July

Monday 22 July - Friday 27 September

Monday 14 October - Thursday 19 December 

Dispositions for Learning

Lytton Street School values and embraces the uniqueness of every child. We build positive, trusting relationships with each and every child and their whãnau.


Refers to a range of elements related to thinking and making sense of the world such as agency, innovation, reflection and problem solving


Refers to a range of elements of maturity centred around the individual such as resilience, mindfulness, responsiveness and empathy


Refers to a range of elements of maturity centred around communication and relationships with others such as confidence, collaboration, connectedness and self-identification

Ngāti Kauwhata

Ngāti Kauwhata are the manawhenua here in Feilding. This iwi whakapapa to the Tainui waka having originally settled in the Kawhia area before travelling inland to Maungatautari, Pirongia and Kakepuke. During the 1600s, Ngāti Kauwhata were known to have moved deeper into the Waikato region. There they developed strong kinship ties with other inhabitants of the area including their close kinfolk of Ngāti Raukawa. Around the turn of the 19th century Ngāti Kauwhata responded to a request from Te Rauparaha to journey south to support his people. This resulted in the main body of Ngāti Kauwhata joining the early 1800s migration south known as ‘Te Hekenga Mai Raro’ and eventually settling here in the region. We are extremely proud of the strong relationship we have fostered with Ngāti Kauwhata and will continue to search for ways to further enhance our connections.

Te Rerenga Kōtare

Te Rerenga Kōtare is a name that has been given to the Lytton Street School kapa haka in 2021 to acknowledge the korowai (cloak) of manaaki (care) that covers them. It was gifted by their tutor, Rārite Mātaki, who is of Ngāti Kauwhata descent and is part of the Manawhenua collective of the region.

The name comes from the Manu Kōtare, the Sacred Kingfisher bird, and was chosen because of the behaviours and characteristics that are similar to our tamariki. The Kōtare likes to sit on the riverbanks and observe. We know children love to observe and watch with keen eyes. They see those around them and are strongly influenced by what they see and hear. Dame Whina Cooper said, “Take care of our children. Take care of what they hear, take care of what they see, take care of what they feel. For how the children grow, so will the shape of Aotearoa”. The name Te Rerenga Kōtare reminds us as influencers in the lives of these tamariki, to be mindful of what we give them to carry into the future. It further reminds our tamariki to keep looking, to keep searching for the taonga of this world and treasure them.

The Kōtare enjoys the habitat of the rivers and estuaries. This inclination is especially important for Māori, as it reminds us of our connection to the awa, and how it shapes our own identity. It is the river that helps breed life into the surrounding environment and the people. The river gives life, and all life along the riverbanks flourish as a result. For our tamariki, we hope that they also learn to recognise and identify the great influences in this world that they can connect with to enrich, grow, and flourish in their own lives, that they learn to give and take, just as the environment does to maintain balance in the world.

The final connection of the name, Kōtare, is the name of Kauwhata’s father, Kōtare. Though the group is not named after Kōtare the tupuna, there remains a link to the whakapapa of Kauwhata itself. For those who know the stories of Kōtare, they will also know he was a short man, much like some of our children who are still growing. Kōtare sits at the base of the post outside the front of the whare tupuna of Kauwhata, with his son Kauwhata placed at the top. This denotes an attribute of humility by the father (Kōtare) to place his son (Kauwhata) above himself. May our tamariki grow this attribute to place the needs of others above their own.

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