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27th  May 2020

Kia ora e te Whanau

Alert level 2

More than 61% of the kura  are now back in class and we are expecting the majority of our students  back over the coming week.  I would like to thank and compliment all staff both teaching and support staff for the fantastic work they have done over the past week .  Our kura opened seamlessly last week and this is largely due to all the work occuring behind the scenes to ensure as children walked in the gate it would feel like the kura they know and love.

I would also like to thank you as parents / caregivers for the support and cooperation you have shown through level 2.  We have appreciated you ringing first and making appointments with Whaea Tesh in the office and teachers before coming in.   We have always been a great team and I think Covid 19 has made us  even more close and tight as a community.  

Nga mihi

Lorraine Northey


Whakawhanaungatanga - Manaakitanga  - Aroha

We are New Zealand's BEST School! 

Whangamarino is a dynamic, inspiring and nuturing Year 1-8 school set in the heart of Okere Falls on a magnificent site.  Whangamarino school offers an educational experience designed to inspire individual achievement, strong personal values and a sense of belonging.
The staff are dedicated, committed and professional, work hard and have a passion for teaching. We cater for individual differences of all children. We give children a rural school experience. We have low class sizes, therefore giving more time to the learning of each child. We implement special needs programmes and cater for children who have special abilities. We pride ourselves in consistent development of well behaved children. Our school and classrooms are fully resourced with access to internet, intranet and Ultra-Fast Broadband connection. We also cater for New Entrants to Year 8. We have an awesome view of Lake Rotoiti & utilise our environment for learning as well. Whangamarino gives your child the opportunity to learn in either English or Maori (total immersion).
Effective Teaching
A variety of effective teaching strategies and approaches are used to achieve success in learning. These include: an inquiry based approach, problem solving, authentic learning experiences that relate to real life contexts, co-operative learning, use of learning centres, ability based individualised and group learning, interactive and ‘hands on’ experiences, use of the environment. We believe it is our responsibility to offer children the best and most effective strategies to suit their learning needs.

Modern Learning Environment 

All of our classrooms have recently been outfitted with new modern learning furniture, students can choose the best learning setting for them. Sitting on stools or cushions on the floor at high or low desks, it's up to them. Classrooms are bright and colourful. The junior mainstream class has been fully refurbished and a resource withdrawal room built as an addition to this class. It's a wonderful environment for our children who are starting school for the first time.

Bus Service
We provide two school bus services and a van to pick up and drop off students around all of the Rotorua Area. It is very cost efficient for families.
Whangamarino School Pedagogy
Whangamarino students will:

Be willing to engage in their learning.

Be literate and numerate.

Be confident speakers and communicators – in English or Maori or both.

Be competitive, and able to set high standards and have high expectations.

Be able to work at a high level in a team

Be pro-active members’ of their community

Be lifelong learners along with their teachers

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