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 5, 13th November
Sophie - Awesome effort across all learning areas - Fabulous!
William M - Great to see super effort during maths time - William is thinking hard
Ria - Wow - Some independent writing - Super effort :)
Ben - Making big efforts in reading - Great to see you thinking about what you have read- Yay
Oliver - Amazing ability to remember important facts - Yay! Super efforts during writing at the moment!
Ollie - Sharing great ideas...and thinking hard during Math sessions - Great!
James - Thinking hard during math sessions and having a go! Great.
Ethan - Conscientious Learner...A super role model to others. Thank you for your leadership.
ROOM 2 RECOGNITION CERTIFICATES
WEEK 5, 13th November
Cullan - For displaying a ‘can do’ attitude - Cullan you come to school ready to give it a go - your confidence is soaring
Isabelle - So excited by the strides you are taking in your reading. You own your learning and take responsibility for it - keep it up!
Caitlin - A focused learner - Caitlin you are a self manager and make sure you complete tasks on time and to a consistently high standard - you are a role model for those around you.
Evan - For being open to working with others, inviting others to join in and demonstrating friendliness.
ROOM 1 RECOGNITION CERTIFICATES
WEEK 5, 13th November
Jacob - Habit of Mind: Thinking Interdependently. Jacob, you know that participating in and contributing to ideas and problem solving benefits all.
Miles - Valuing Confidence - Māia: ‘A Can Do Attitude’ when problem solving during math. A determination to succeed - Keep it up Miles!
Tiana - Commitment to demonstrate exactly what she is capable of - you should be extremely proud of your assessment results Tiana. Go you!
Ayla - Commitment to demonstrate exactly what she is capable of - you should be extremely proud of your assessment results Ayla. Go you!
What a wonderful day our Show Day was on Saturday 31st October 2020 😊. It was so heartwarming to see so many people unite with us here at school enjoying the day - what a turnout!
Leading: 1st Meera, 2nd Isabelle & 3rd William
Calling: 1st Isabelle, 2nd Meera, 3rd William
Rearing: 1st Meera, 2nd Isabelle & 3rd William
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.
World Cup Cricket Carnival
On Wednesday 4th November, eight Year 5/6 students took part in the Cricket Mini World Cup annual event run by Bay of Plenty Cricket. The event took place at Blake Park, with schools coming together to test their cricketing skills against one another. Our students drew South Africa as their team for the event. They united as a team, were positive team players and represented their school with integrity and pride 😊.
What has 2020 held for Whakamārama School?