Bethlehem School is a contributing school catering for students in Year 0-6 (5-11 yrs olds). It was opened in 1883 as a native school and has strong links with its Maori community. In 2008 it celebrated its 125th Jubilee. For most of its history the school has been a small semi rural school but as Tauranga has grown so to has the school especially over the last 20 years. From a school of 120 students in 1995 to a roll at the end of 2015 of 540, much has happened in this time.
The school is organised into three English medium teams or syndicates, Senior, Middle and Junior following the New Zealand Curriculum. There is also a Rumaki team made up of three classes delivering a Level 1 Maori medium immersion programme using Te Marautanga o Aotearoa as the basis for our school curriculum (Marautanga-a-kura o Peterehema). There are a wide range of extra-curricular activities (sporting, cultural, artistic and environmental) on offer with many opportunities for students to experience success and enjoyment.
There are currently 24 teaching spaces/classrooms with a variety of other facilities including a hall, a heated school pool, artificial turf and ashphalt courts, a grassed playing field, two adventure playgrounds and a fitness trail/confidence course. There are twenty-four teaching spaces, a school library, a special needs / support staff hub and an international student centre. Recent additions include an Arts Centre (Whare Toi) and a new innovative learning environment (Te Ao Marama) consisting of seven teaching spaces plus withdrawal spaces.
The school motto is "Taku rourou Tau rourou Ka ora ai tatou," which translates to "With your contribution and mine we will flourish"