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
Spring Bulb Fundraiser
Support our school and add some spring colour to your garden. Bulbs are easy to plant, fun to grow and will reward you with gorgeous flowers year after year. Download the order form or pick one up from the school office. Happy ordering; happy planting!
Forms can be dropped off at the school office or emailed through to email@example.com (no later than 22nd March)
Acknowledgement of Achievement
ASSEMBLY 20th MARCH
Room 3 Recognition
Tai: Perseveres with his handwriting and writing learning.
Tumai: Will ask for learning help. Super use of equipment at math time.
Evan: Independent writing. Evan is sounding out words and will reread his writing to ensure it makes sense and says what he wants it to say.
Sophie: Making a big effort to be independent and persevere particularly with reading and writing challenges.
Room 2 Recognition
Nina: Questioning and posing problems. Seeking questions and considering challenges to overcome.
Santana: An independent learner who settles to work quickly and takes responsibility for her own learning.
Joshua: A willing tidier in and out of the classroom. Thanks for showing respect to our environment.
Alexis: An independent learner who settles to work quickly and takes responsibility for her own learning.
Room 1 Recognition
Lia: For being thoughtful in maintaining our environment
Sarah: He whetu koe! You are a star! For thinking critically during mathematics
Starlia: Ka pai to Mahi! For working hard to follow instructions and seeking help when she needs it.
Zane: Applying past knowledge to new situations award
Term 1 Omokoroa Module 2017
Player of the Day
Monday 19 March
A team of Year 5 / 6 students with an enthusiastic and can-do attitude attended the 'Enviroschools Energiser' event in Te Puke on Tuesday 20th March.
The day involved a rotation of activities (living landscapes, predator free, waste education, pollination, making decisions, soil and water) and concluded with the students using their learning from the day to plan a project and apply for some funding to make it happen.
Living landscape - here we come!
Bunnings Making Our School Even More Special
VOLUNTEERING IS IMPORTANT (AND AWESOME!)
Bunnings came out to visit our beautiful school and went away with lots of ideas to help make it even more special. Wednesday 14th March hosted an array of projects that involved Bunnings' staff and volunteers from our community. Thanks Bunnings!
Check out the photo gallery
Food for Thought
To enhance our students’ knowledge on how to make and understand healthy food choices, Room 1 had the wonderful opportunity of the ‘Food for Thought’ programme.
Classroom nutrition sessions with a qualified nutritionist were held on Tuesday 20th February. To reinforce the knowledge learnt during the classroom sessions (focusing on label reading), they headed off to Pak 'n Save on Thursday 22nd February. With a fabulous team of parents supporting us we had fun reading a variety of food labels. Our students left with a clear message about the foods they can eat everyday and those that they should eat occasionally. The programme has equipped our students to be more in control of what goes into their mouths.
After their learning, I wonder what Room 1’s healthy lunch or similar, will look like with their $60 voucher generously contributed from the supermarket owner-operators?
"Thank you Naomi, each learner you worked with has walked away with new understanding and knowledge around food."
What did 2017 hold for Whakamarama School?
'A community preparing and empowering lifelong learners who are confident to achieve and make a difference'