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
The End of a Momentous Year
2020 has been a year like no other. It is the end of a momentous year, a year in which we have faced so many challenges and learnt so much. 2020 has been a year of aroha, a year of compassion, a year of support, a year of resilience and a year in which our community did a wonderful job of keeping whānau, each other and our learners safe.
Whilst with some interruptions along the way; 2020 has been another year of positive change for our school community - accelerating learning in literacy, a board funded music teacher, Waitomo Camp, sourcing of a Kapahaka Tutor, our school production and funding approved to invest in our school grounds to name a few. The highlight for the year however has to be the continued roll growth and the upcoming opening of a fourth classroom in 2021.
We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy the time off you have with family and friends.
Orange Day Parade
Tauranga city streets were flooded with over 760 local students on Friday 27th November as they walked the streets with large banners encouraging road safety and active travel in their communities. The Orange Day Parade is a celebration of students sharing their road safety messages which is supported by Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and NZ Police.
Mika, Lucy, Michi and Luke paraded the city centre with their colourful banner to raise awareness about road safety. There message: Ur Life Means More Than a Text. After the parade the students were treated to a swim at the Baywave TECT Aquatic & Leisure Centre.
On Wednesday 18th November, our Year 3-8 students headed to Waitomo for a three day adventure. The students were involved in a wide range of activities that were fun and challenging. Caving, ziplining, the Troll Cave, hiking, abseiling and much more 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.
It was a privilege to stay at Tokikapu Marae and the whakatau welcome was heartwarming. Ngā mihi nui ki a kourua Cale me Tiana for supporting our school with the whaikorero and karanga during the formal welcome.
Overnight Stay at School
Our Year 1 / 2 learners had a super day of activities on Thursday 19th November: A bus drive to Mauao, sighting dolphins while hiking around the base track, a swim, movie night, a sleep over in the library and MUCH more! Ngā mihi nui a ngā kaiako me ngā mātua - big thanks to the teachers and parents who cared for our teina, our youngest, for this event.
What has 2020 held for Whakamārama School?