Nau mai, Haere Mai
Welcome to Whakamarama 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 enquiries 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
Grant Congratulations to our school
Special thanks to TECT for their support with our recent grant application. TECT Charitable Trust approved a grant of $5,200 to support Whakamarama School towards ICT equipment.
Acknowledgement of Achievement
ROOM 3 RECOGNITION CERTIFICATES - WEEK 9
Dakota - Supporting others at learning time
Alfie - Knows successful people think before they speak and choose their words carefully - thanks for putting this into action.
Jamie - Thinks before he speaks (Successful people do this) … and great sounding out at writing time.
Lachlan - Super thinker and re-reading his writing (great learning strategy)
ROOM 2 RECOGNITION CERTIFICATES - WEEK 9
Alyssah - Your confidence in sharing your ideas has blossomed and we value your thoughtful contributions during discussions.
Rue - A motivated and independent learner who considers ways to extend herself
Kitara - Thinking carefully about how to talk clearly about her learning
Holly - Welcome! You have already demonstrated your eagerness to learn. We are so glad you have chosen to join us!
ROOM 1 RECOGNITION CERTIFICATES - WEEK 9
Isabel - Self confidence is a super power . Once you start believing in yourself the magic starts happening. Isabel, I continue to enjoy watching your confidence grow day by day. I know that you are feeling the magic!
Lillia - Habit of Mind: Thinking & communicating with clarity and precision
Madeline - Increased self confidence - keep it up!
Sitevah - Positive attitude toward all areas of school life
ICAS is an independent, skills-based assessment programme which recognises and rewards student achievement. ICAS is unique, being the most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments for primary and secondary school students.
Digital Technologies: Oliver (credit)
Spelling: Sarah (Distinction), Seth (Credit), Stuart (Credit), Haru (Credit)
English: Sarah (Distinction), Michi (Distinction), Hunter (Distinction), Lia (Credit), Lucy (Credit), Alexis (Merit)
Open Day 2018
As a follow up to Conservation Week, Tuesday 25th September hosted a range of activities for our open day. A rotation of bird feeders, bug hotels, tracking tunnels and an environmental scavenger hunt was enjoyed by all. The rain (even a spell of hail) and wind may have been a little erratic but this didn't stop the positive and fantastic participation of students in all the different activities. Our school values shone across the entire day. We love the support and interest that our parents, caregivers, family members and whanau take in our learning and this was truly shown across the day.
Tauranga Music Festival
Tauranga Primary Schools’ Music Festival 2018 brought together 31 choirs over five nights from local primary and intermediate schools embracing this year’s theme ‘It’s About Time’.
Friday 8th September hosted opportunity for our choir to sing classic songs like Time in a Bottle, Season of Love and that toe tapping classic Rock Around The Clock in a mass choir. They also set the bar for their individual school performance; singing 'Stressed Out' by 21 Pilots and 'These Days' by Rudimental.
“The starting point of all achievement is desire.” – Napoleon Hill
"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them''
We are so proud of you Whakamarama School Choir.
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Maths Week: 13th - 17th August
Maths’ Week is a mathematics event that Whakamarama School calendars annually. The people and organisations behind maths' week provide a vast array of resources which our students engage with across the week. The most favourite being 'The Daily Dollar'. Across the week our students earned dollar rewards for their problem solving efforts and the week ended with a high energy auction where every child walked away with a small acknowledgement of their success. We are so lucky to have a team of teachers and parents who support our children in becoming confident and creative mathematicians.
What has 2018 held for Whakamarama School?