'Creating successful citizens empowered to learn'

Nau Mai, Tauti Mai ki ngā Kura o Paparoa Range
Welcome to Paparoa Range School

Paparoa Range School was established in 2005 following on from a District Network Review by the Ministry of Education. Brunnerton, Kaiata, and Stillwater schools merged into the Brunnerton site at Dobson, and the Blackball School became a satellite school of Paparoa Range. 

The two schools are 18 kms apart. Paparoa Range is a U2 school. We cater to students from Year 1 to Year 8.  We have four classrooms at the Dobson site, and one classroom at Blackball. Paparoa Range School is located 10kms inland from Greymouth. 

The buildings at the Dobson site consist of six permanent teaching spaces, library, a multi-purpose room, administration block, covered swimming pool and a community hall across the road.  We have a refurbished Learning Support Coordinators Office and the Blackball Site is available to be booked by the community to use.  The school grounds have been upgraded. The Blackball site consists of two classroom spaces and an administration area.

The Dobson site students come from Dobson, Kaiata, Taylorville, Stillwater, and Ngahere. Blackball site students come mainly from Blackball and Atarau. The school owns and operates a bus and has a minivan. A Ministry school bus also operates from Atarau to Blackball.

Matatika/Honesty ... Manaakitanga/Respect ... Hiringa/Perseverance ... Auahatanga/Creativity

Principal's Welcome

Kia ora tātou,

Haere mai ki te kura o Paparoa Range - Welcome to Paparoa Range School.  

As a school, we are privileged to have outstanding staff who are dedicated to the academic, cultural, social and sporting needs of our tamariki.  


I am proud that we are a unique kura in that we are on a split site (one site at Blackball and one site at Dobson) called Paparoa Range School.  The sites share the same local curriculum, resources and the staff, students and whanau are closely connected.  Our Enviroschools approach and our bike track means that teachers utilise our outdoor spaces.  Dobson site and Blackball site both have historical links to the early days on the West Coast. Many of our staff and whanau (myself included) have whakapapa to the first settlers on "the coast."  

Our small size is one of our strengths as it allows us to foster a family atmosphere where everyone knows each other well.  We welcome visitors and enquiries and look forward to sharing our wonderful school with you. 

Nga mihi nui Annelies Bierings (Miss B)