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).
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.
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