About Us

KADIMAH_067Kadimah School is a co-educational Jewish day school for boys and girls, which prides itself on providing the highest standard of Jewish religious, cultural and all round secular education for children from New Entrants to Year 8. Kadimah is pleased to consider potential students from a diverse range of religious, cultural, ethnic, national and community backgrounds.

We treasure our Jewish culture, religion, rich sense of history and ethical purpose. These are brought to life through the religious ceremonies and celebrations that are an integral part of daily life at school. By gaining knowledge of our Jewish traditions, ethics and family values – along with a commitment to the practice of modern Judaism and a love for New Zealand – our young people become caring, active, responsible members of the community.

Our objective is to extend our students to the best of their ability and to foster a strong sense of Jewish identity and pride in their heritage and a lifelong love of learning. We strive to create an environment of harmony for the Jewish community within wider New Zealand society, in which genuine acceptance and understanding can continue to develop.

We believe that our Charter and Strategic Plan will give Kadimah School a basis to move into the future with confidence, as we continue to provide a comprehensive and excellent Jewish and secular educational experience, in a contemporary environment as a state integrated school.

KADIMAH_0670Between 1971 and 2010 Kadimah College operated as a Private School.  Following a successful application, Kadimah School became a State Integrated School on 1 January 2011. The School is well resourced with 11 classrooms, a Gym, Music Room, ICT Room, Library and Administration areas. The school is fortunate to have a high level of support and involvement from highly engaged parents and families.KADIMAH_0758

Parents have high expectations and aspirations for their children and they take a keen interest in their learning. Parents willingly support programmes and provide non teacher assistance for special character religious festivals, education outside the classroom (EOTC) activities and numerous inter school sporting activities.

The School has an active Parents Group (the KPFA) which provides valuable support for school wide events and fundraising activities. The special character coupled with a strong shared vision underpins Kadimah’s operations and future goals. Building on the solid traditions of the past, our Jewish heritage and values, there is a strong future-focussed direction to drive Kadimah forward.


The cornerstones of Kadimah School are built around Minhag Poland, the Auckland Jewish community’s customs derived from their origins. These cornerstones are defined as follows:

  • Kadimah produces graduates who are personally fulfilled with a secure sense of Jewish identity and purpose in their lives.
  • Judaism is central to the education and decision-making at Kadimah School.
  • Jewish religious, cultural values and philosophies underpin all aspects of the School.
  • Academic excellence in all aspects of education – the creative arts, science, sport and the dramatic arts.
  • Commitment to bringing our traditions and culture alive in everything we do.
  • Individualised approach, where children can achieve their full potential.
  • Committed to high quality teaching and learning in every classroom, everyday.

A booklet containing information about Jewish festivals and customs and how they are observed at school is available to all Kadimah parents via the school office.


“If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am only for myself, what am I?
If not now, when?”


Hillel (110BCE-10CE; הלל) was a famous Jewish religious leader, one of the most important figures in Jewish History. He was known for his kindness, gentleness, concern for humanity. One of his most famous sayings, recorded in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers, a tractate of the Mishnah), is “If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?”


Click Kadimah History to 1985 to read about the first 15 years of Kadimah.