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 1
Cullan - Effort!!! Wow - Focused on the learning of the moment. Super writing - Cullan is rereading and using his dictionary card fabulously. A sensible leader in Room 3.Thanks Cullan.
Falcon - A thoughtful reader! Great word solving - yay! Super concentration when completing Show Day arts/crafts. Fabulous!
Ethan - Responsible A helpful class member - Thank you Ethan! Ethan is working on being independent when writing - Great effort shown this week!
Ashah - Welcome Ashah! Super effort when approaching her reading and writing learning - Fabulous! Great listening.
Lexi - Thinking about her learning - Yay! Lexi is concentrating a lot when ‘reading’. She is thinking more about what looks right, sounds right and makes sense. Super duper!
ROOM 2 RECOGNITION CERTIFICATES - WEEK 1
Ben - For arriving at our school with a positive learning attitude! Welcome to Whakamarama - we are so glad you chose to join us!
Jasmine - For becoming confident in sharing your thoughts and ideas during whole class and small group discussions - we value your input
Marlo - For being a focused independent writer who produces work that shows off his new learning.
ROOM 1 RECOGNITION CERTIFICATES - WEEK 1
Alley - Valuing respect: helpful, considerate and caring for others.
Madilyn - Respect for self - valuing effort in all that she does.
Peter - Curiosity is the spark behind the spark of every great idea. Peter, I love watching you eyes light up in response to the world around you. You are keen to learn!
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!
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
As a follow up to our whole school learning concept ‘Diversity’, Tuesday 17th September hosted a range of activities for our Term 3 Open Day. Our students worked in tuakana / teina groups as they undertook activities around countries and culture.
Our school values shone across the entire day. We love the support and interest that our parents, caregivers, family members and whānau take in our learning.
Tauranga Music Festival 2019
The 64th Tauranga Primary Schools’ Music Festival 2019 brought together 32 choirs over five nights from local primary and intermediate schools embracing this year’s theme ‘At the Movies’.
Friday 30th August hosted opportunity for our choir singing classic songs such as Nine to Five, Colours of The Wind and the favourite 'A Million Dreams' from The Greatest Showman' in a mass choir. Our choir also set the bar for their individual school performance; singing 'Food, Glorious Food, Consider Yourself and Where is Love?’ from the classic stage play and movie ‘Oliver’.
What has 2019 held for Whakamārama School?