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 8, 11th September
Ethan - Awesome reading effort … Keep up the great work. A responsible messenger - Super!
James - Working hard to write lots of words correctly in 10
minutes - Phew! Keep up the good work.
Jake - Interesting writing - Readers like to read your writing!
William M - A super conscientious writer! Yay!
Sophie - A super conscientious reader! Wow!
ROOM 2 RECOGNITION CERTIFICATES
WEEK 8, 11th September
Ben - For participating and contributing thoughtful ideas during whole class and small group discussions. We value your thoughts.
Meera - Taking more risks in her writing and giving new learning a go. You had great success in writing similes this week!
Hunter - For demonstrating responsibility. Hunter you take charge of your home reading and your efforts have been rewarded - you have shown growth in your reading!
Eli - So impressed with your reading. You look closely at what you read and can skim and scan to find the right information you need to answer questions!
ROOM 1 RECOGNITION CERTIFICATES
WEEK 8, 11th Septembert
Lucy - “If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop hunger to accomplish your dreams” Lucy, you are a reliable and responsible learner. Never stop!.
Holly - Self confidence is a super power. Once you start believing in yourself, the magic starts happening. Holly, I continue to enjoy watching your confidence as a learner grow day by day. You should be extremely proud. Keep it up!
Starlia - ‘Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision’ - for being accurate when talking and writing. Well done Starlia!
Proudly Supporting Our Community
Special thanks to TECT for their support. TECT Charitable Trust approved a grant of $5000 to support Whakamarama School towards digital technology equipment.
Maths Week: 10th - 14th August 2020
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.
Monday 17th August hosted an opportunity for our Year 5-8 learners to be involved in a 1 ½ hour leadership workshop with Sport Bay of Plenty. The students were taught a range of practical leadership activities to assist them in delivering games in a lunchtime programme. The aim is to grow leadership potential in students at Whakamarama so that they can take on an act of service for their school. This programme provides young leaders with knowledge, understanding and personal skills to develop their leadership. We look forward to a team of older students rising to the occasion and delivering a fun and exciting lunchtime programme.
Kids Can Ride
As part of being a 'Travel Safe' school, Thursday 13th August hosted an opportunity for Room 1 students to be involved in the ‘Kids Can Ride’ programme. Our learners moved around a rotation of activities that promoted the benefits of cycling and supported improved safety while on their bikes.
A visit to the Science Roadshow is a fun, exciting and interactive learning experience of science for children.
Whakamarama School’s visit on Thursday 6th August included live shows and hands-on exhibits that broadened our students' knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The visit strongly supported the Nature of Science strand of the New Zealand Curriculum and the Five Foundational Science Capabilities.
What has 2020 held for Whakamārama School?