Nau mai, Haere Mai
Welcome to Whakamārama School, a picturesque rural school located 20 minutes from downtown Tauranga in the sunny Bay of Plenty.
For us, the success of our school begins with creating a safe place for all and having a shared vision – staff, students, parents, whānau, board of trustees and community members. We encourage positive relationships and live by our mission statement ‘Growing a Positive Learning Attitude’ to ensure that the potential of each student flourishes during their time with us.
This website is a place where you can find information about our school and where we can communicate with you. Browse our site and get a feel for the learning environment we create for our students.
We welcome inquiries and feedback at any time from school families past, present and future. Please do not hesitate in contacting us if you would like to find out more about our school.
Ū ki te ako, tu tangata ai apōpō
Excel in teaching so our learners will excel in the future
Acknowledgement of Achievement
ROOM 3 RECOGNITION CERTIFICATES - WEEK 7
Sophie - Back yourself Sophie Recent math learning has shown Sophie can do it! Keep problem solving and try different ways (different strategies) … there might be a quicker or more efficient way.
Mason - Focused on the learning task Mason is enthusiastic when completing learning assessments. Very fluent reading recently. He always ‘thinks’ about what he is reading. Good on you Mason!!
Gemma - Super ‘tallker’ about her learning Gemma is a conscientious learner who can talk about/explain her learning. Great Gemma!
Hunter - A conscientious learner Hunter is always focused on the learning. Keep growing your confidence to share your understandings.
Jamie - A reading and writing machine! Congratulations Jamie - You are a focused and independent reader and writer. Mrs W enjoys listening to you read!Good on you.
Eli - Staying focused! Keep persisting with math challenges.I like the way you are talking more/explaining your math learning. Great!
ROOM 2 RECOGNITION CERTIFICATES - WEEK 7
Evan - For carefully listening to others so he can clearly repeat or rephrase what he has heard. Fabulous effort!
Jorja - For demonstrating unity by listening, contributing and working collaboratively with others to complete tasks.
Miles - Gathering data through all senses. For taking information from tasting, smelling, hearing, seeing and touching. Miles you know how to really connect with the world around you!
ROOM 1 RECOGNITION CERTIFICATES - WEEK 7
Jacob - Enthusiasm, motivation and self management of stem projects. Jacob, I love watching your eyes light up with new learning and topics of interest.
Luke - ‘Successful people gather data through all the senses’. Luke you have impressed me with you ability to solve mathematical word problems. You take time to ask yourself “What do I notice?” Well done
Lauchlan - ‘Individually we are a drop but together we are an ocean’ Lauchlan you are always willing to lend a hand and support others around you. Never stop!
Peter - ‘Successful people gather data through all senses’. Peter you have impressed me with your ability to solve mathematical word problems. You take time to ask yourself “What do I notice?” Well done.
Grant Congratulations to Our School
Special thanks to TECT for their support. TECT Charitable Trust approved a grant of $5000 to support Whakamarama School towards digital technology equipment.
Aroha mai, aroha atu
Love received, love returned
Thanks to the support offered from Debbie at Grower Direct, we have enhanced the school grounds with beautiful ceramic pots around our verandas. Grower Direct is a hidden gem in Te Puna. I would highly recommend taking a visit.
Thank you Grower Direct
The school would like to acknowledge Heller’s for sponsoring this year’s supply of sausages for our cross country events. Heller’s is a firm believer in supporting community initiatives through donating their award-winning sausages, rather than writing a cheque. Sausages for Schools is about helping more Kiwi kids!
Orange Day Parade
Undercover Cody, the coolest SunSmart turtle, popped into Whakamarama School on Wednesday 20th November. Cody’s aim is to keep kids safe in the sun and remind them to Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap - an opportune time as we head into summer.
Parents and Caregivers - Kia koi! Kei were! Keep your kids safe! Kids love to copy the grown-ups so if you remember to slip, slop, slap and wrap then your kids will too.
Totara Springs Camp
On Wednesday 6th November the whole school headed to Totara Springs for a three day adventure camp.
The students were involved in a wide range of activities that were fun and challenging. Archery, go-karting, flying fox, tubing, kayaking, foam slide, mini golf, slug guns, rock climbing, abseiling, flying kiwi and damper making created lasting memories for our talented learners. Our learners did not shy away from giving things a go and as a result they grew within themselves as individuals.
We extend a huge thank you to the parents who supported us in making this camp a success. We couldn’t have asked for a better team.
What a wonderful day our Show Day was on Saturday 2nd November. We could not have asked for better weather. It was heartwarming to see so many people here at school enjoying the day with us. It is always a great community day that is an integral part of our special character here at Whakamarama School.
A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our day - students, parents, staff, whanau, Board of Trustees, judges and our community. Your attendance, support and generosity were key factors in what makes days like these happen; and what an awesome day we had!
Above: 2019 Champion of Champions: Lillia and Petal
Show Day Acknowledge of Achievement
Small Animals: 1st Brodie, 2nd Joshua W & 3rd Meera
What has 2019 held for Whakamārama School?