“Ko ngā pae tawhiti whāia kia tata, ko ngā pae tata, whakamaua kia tina.”
“The potential for tomorrow depends on what we do today.”
- To work alongside our expert teacher
- To teach from level 1 of the curriculum and stepping into level 2 as we are able to. Te Reo Māori in English – medium schools.
- To use the approach of tuakana/teina to assist student led learning across the school
- To recognise that teachers too are learners in this process.
- To ensure that Māori culture is valued in our school and that Māori children succeed as Māori
- To develop an environment that reflects our culture
- Languages are also vehicles of culture
- Through language we can understand and respect the values and culture of people
- The belief about the well-being of Te Reo Māori – that the more we learn and speak it the more it will flourish
Children at Tomarata School experience a varied and stimulating Arts program.
All children participate in music, dance and drama activities integrated into their classroom learning. Students are encouraged to experiment, create and perform informally in all disciplines, and through these activities children develop an understanding of the basic elements of music, dance and drama.
In addition to class learning, children from Years 4-6 also have the opportunity to participate in small group lessons when Martin our specialist tutor visits the school weekly.
A showcase for Tomarata School talent is the school wide production held biannually.
Visual Art is part of the daily curriculum. This is evident in the many colourful murals around the school, and the wonderful artwork displayed in the school office, and in classrooms.
Reporting to Parents
We issue written reports on students’ progress twice a year, once at mid-year and a more comprehensive report at the end of the year. Parents of New Entrant students are invited to an interview after 8 – 10 weeks of school entry.
All Year 7 and 8 students attend Technology lessons at Rodney College on Wednesdays in six week blocks. The bus leaves school at 9.20am on Wednesdays and returns after lunch. The College runs a 2 year programme with each class taking part in 3 technology areas per year.