Carncot Independent School

Carncot Independent School

Veritas Omnia Vincit – Truth conquers all




Carncot School has been a key part of the Palmerston North community for well over a hundred years. We have seen many changes, but we have always remained steadfast to our principles of respect, responsibility, honesty, integrity and caring. Every aspect of life at Carncot is aimed at nurturing the individual potential in each child, whether academic, sporting, cultural or social. This has been our ethos and a successful recipe for many years. Our goal, as always, is to strive for excellence in everything we do.

We find that our international students settle quickly into Carncot’s multinational community. Eleven different ethnicities are represented in the school, giving us a colourful multicultural feel. While we are growing our profile within the international community, the students themselves enjoy exactly the same opportunities as our New Zealand students. This includes leadership positions in the intermediate school, membership of sports and cultural teams, and positions on committees.


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Children Shine

Children shine academically when they are happy. Every aspect of life at Carncot is aimed at nurturing individual potential through a differentiated curriculum, with extension or support as required. We offer children a wide range of academic challenges and competitions to make the learning fun and rewarding. The results are amazing and really do speak for themselves.

The Whole Child

You would expect academic success at school and we certainly don’t disappoint on that front. Carncot though is much more than academia. We are preparing students for a life of learning, in which they recognise their own strengths, abilities and sense of belonging. To do that, we nurture the whole child; academic, sporting, cultural and social. Along the way, we celebrate their interests and achievements, both within and outside school. Throughout their time at Carncot, children enjoy a myriad of leadership opportunities all aimed at building their skills and confidence, which are so valuable later in life.


One thing that is a constant source of surprise to first-time visitors to Carncot, is the extent and quality of our facilities at such an easily accessible, central city location. Our gym is unrivalled, the art room and gallery provide a professional space for the exhibition of student work, and our classrooms are very spacious, light and airy. Itinerant music teachers also have large, dedicated rooms in the music suite, which opens onto the tennis courts and field. We are excited on the completion of our science lab, which opened in 2014.


They say it takes a village to raise a child. We recognise that Carncot is just one part of that community and it’s important to us that we give back in return. So, for over 100 years, the school has supported Barnardos, with fund-raising being a true highlight of the school year. Carncot children are also involved in many community activities, whether it’s delivering meals on wheels, raising funds for charity, singing or speaking at public events.

Outside the Classroom

Outside the classroom, you will see Carncot children taking part in a host of different activities. It’s something we actively encourage and we invite children to share their experiences with their peers in the classroom and their family at home. The craft, garden, ICT, maths, gymnastics, drama, dance and science investigators clubs all offer the opportunity to enrich and extend our students’ lives. Everyone has the opportunity to take part and sometimes students rotate their activities in order to sample as many experiences as possible.

All classes are taken on a camp each year and regularly participate in an ‘education outside the classroom’ programme. Throughout the year, children also enjoy field trips and the speakers who are regularly invited to the school.

Teaching and Learning

We guarantee results. It’s a bold statement, underpinned by our confidence in the way we teach children to learn. But it’s well-placed confidence based upon the high end results from the range of norm-referenced assessments undertaken, and from the high proportion of distinctions and merits gained in external assessments, like ICAS.

However, successful learning is much more than just data. The focus is on both a student’s strengths and their areas for development. Students learn that it is okay to say, "I don’t understand,” and then to go about the learning in an open and receptive way. Successful learning is about discovering how we learn as individuals and about applying ourselves in a purposeful way to the task. As a result, the marks just come.

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