About Us

The Terrace School opened its doors at the beginning of the 20th century when Wellington was still known as the Empire City. This long history of ambition and educational success remains today in it's new form as Clifton Terrace Model School.

CTMS has a proud tradition of providing a quality learning environment not only for families who reside in the area, but for many living in the wider Wellington region.

The Terrace School 1937

Nestled between our vibrant Wellington city and our lush city townbelt, CTMS offers a unique learning environment that embraces the resources and learning opportunities of New Zealand's Arts capital.

We are a full primary school that caters for children from New Entrant to Year 8. Our roll fluctuates between 65 and 70 students spread throughout three classrooms. Our small size ensures our students are growing and learning with a group of children from 5 to 12 years old in a nurturing and family-like environment.

Clifton Terrace Model School. November 2007

Shared decision making and shared management are part of our fundamental philosophies. In alignment with these philosophies is the school’s Co-Principal Model. We believe this model fosters an environment of teamwork and cooperation and demonstrates to students the benefits of a collaborative approach to decision making.

Like all New Zealand state primary schools, we follow the New Zealand Curriculum. A special difference is added in the unique characteristics maintained by the school charter. (please note: this link will take you to an external document. please use your [ back ] button to return to this page.)

These include;

:: To promote self-confidence and skill in self-expression through, and to encourage appreciation of music, drama, dance, and the visual arts.


:: To expand students’ formal educational experiences and progress through the use of relevant resources, places and activities outside the school.


:: To assist students to acquire safety and personal survival skills for city living


:: To learn about the Spanish language and the culture of Spanish-speaking countries.

Students enjoying a visit from 'The Bubble Man'. December 2009.

"We believe that all CTMS students should be encouraged to realise their own intellectual, social, physical and creative potential. We encourage students to take responsibility for their own behaviour and learning, and we focus our learning and development opportunities to teach self-confidence, leadership skills and group co-operation."

School Charter 2010


:: see more photos of our
school grounds

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