Geraldine High School values every student, and aims to nurture, challenge and inspire each young person in their academic, physical, cultural and social development. We fully utilise the expertise, resources and environment around us, while also taking our place on the national and international stage.
The school motto, ‘Labor Omnia Vincit’ (Work Conquers All), symbolises the rural foundations of our school community, and the edict that personal effort will reap rewards for the individual and for the community as a whole.
Geraldine High School will meet the educational needs of all our students to equip them for positive and successful lives.
At Geraldine High School we value:
Our vision is for our graduates to be young people who are confident, connected, actively involved life-long learners.
The meaning of the original name for the area we call Geraldine – ‘Rau Kāpuka’ meaning a hundred Kāpuka trees - the Kāpuka is a broadleaf tree.
Before the area was settled by the early runholders, Raukāpuka was mainly forest and swampland – a popular place for gathering food. The people of Arowhenua had this saying – ‘Te whenua i haroa e Te Kāhu’ - “The land that is surrounded by bush and swamp, that is watched over by the hawk.”