About Us

Vision Statement:

“To be the best secondary school for each of our students”.

We aim to do this in a number of ways.

  • By providing a wide range of subjects, Sports and Performing Arts Academies, Bilingual, Special Needs and Teen Parent Units.

  • By having modern buildings and a formal yet affordable uniform for our 1100 students.

  • By having support structures and staff in place to provide for our student’s varied needs.
  • By having discipline systems that promote healthy and productive student behaviour.

Strategic Drivers 2021 – 2023:

  • Develop a clear way to implement a Freyberg Future focused curriculum. 
  • Increase engagement with our Freyberg community.
  • ​​​​To continue activities that enhance staff and student wellbeing.
  • Enable students to find success which is recognised.


The Salamander

The Salamander (lizard-like amphibian) has been adopted as Freyberg High School’s icon along with Freyberg’s Crestand the phrase “Virtute et Honore”. The salamander has a reputation for being able to survive the heat of a fire.

​​​​​​​The Salamander and Freyberg

The salamander was chosen as a mascot for the school as this was a nickname given to Bernard Freyberg by Winston Churchillduring the second world war. Churchill referred to Lt General Freyberg VC as “my salamander”, when discussing variousregiments of his fighting force.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Achievements of Lt General Freyberg:

Fought in both world wars, commanding the New Zealand Force in the second world war.Won the Victoria Cross for bravery.Was wounded nine times in battle but was clearly a survivor.Was awarded the rank of Lieutenant General and later Governor General of New Zealand


Freyberg High School was opened in 1955 by Clarance Beeby in Palmerston North. The school was named after theleader of New Zealand’s World War II armed forces; Lieutenant General Bernard Freyberg.


The suburb of Roslyn and the Freyberg school roll had both risen substantially. By this stage the school proudlyboasted it's own full-length pool, technology block, library, and gymnasium also named after Lord Freyberg.


A special needs centre, additional gymnasium and joint community indoor pool are added. Further classrooms werealso constructed to accommodate the school's growing roll