Our School

Welcome to our vibrant place of learning, where we place children and their learning front and centre.

Our school is a diverse and happy place; we prioritise student wellbeing and engagement, knowing that progress and achievement will follow when both motivation to learn and student agency is high.

Our  committed staff  work in partnership with students, families and one another to create learning opportunities that engage, excite and encourage our learners to lengthen their stride and reach the potential they deserve.

In 2016 we began our journey into Innovative Learning Practice and introduced high quality learning and development for our whānau.  Our Senior School (Year 4-6) are a 1:1 Chromebook learning space, and students also have the option to bring their own chromebook. In Term 3, 2017, we are moving to flexible learning spaces, with teachers delivering a responsive curriculum in Reading, Writing and Inquiry. These sessions are delivered as learning workshops, with students being supported to self-set their timetables for the week. Our online planning site for parent and whānau access enables everyone to know about the learning happening across our team.  Our junior school (Years 1-3) are developing play-based learning, integrated curriculum and narrative assessment. They work in a highly collaborative team and together they scaffold self-management, voice and choice for our youngest learners.

Our children, staff, support staff, and families are on the waka as we journey, grow and evolve to develop a learner-centric curriculum and place of learning that is student driven, teacher powered, and well supported by whanau.

THE POWER OF STUDENT LED LEARNING

Takaka Primary is situated on 4 hectares of land with the local Kindergarten and High School just steps away. Our beautiful grounds back onto a forest and the community gardens, and we are a short walk from Takaka town. We get the best of both worlds; being able to access the library, playcentre and other amenities, while still being close to nature.  The school runs an outdoor makerspace, where each week students learn through discovery and kotahitanga (teamwork). Students at TPS are learning how to light fires, weave with harakeke, work with tools and collaborate to build huts and work together using natural resources.   

Our school prides itself on being able to provide opportunities for students to discover themselves, one another, and their environment, At our school we actively teach our students how to manage risks and be safe. We collectively manage our environment to ensure that students know how to identify, minimise, and/or work with risks. Your children will climb trees, build huts and explore nature. They will ride bikes and scooters, zoom around in go-karts, and play bull rush and rugby. They will be kids and have a great time exploring and learning! Our school values of Kotahitanga (unity), Integrity (pono), Adaptability (autanga), Open to Learning, Respect (whakaute) and Aroha (empathy) are the building blocks of our wharenui, within which we grow Kia Ora Kids; Connected, collaborative life long learners. 

Our school culture is underpinned by restorative practice and our mantra is “Own it, fix it, learn from it”. We value the development of behaviour just as much as we do the development and progression of learning academics. When mistakes are made, we encourage ownership, accountability and responsibility and support students to repair the harm and restore the peace. Our vision states that our students thrive in respectful, restorative relationships. 

We are committed to developing our local curriculum to cater for our 21st century learners with innovative learning practice at the core. You can find out more about this on our local curriculum site. 

Do come and meet us, and join us as we journey together.

Kia Kotahi Tātou,  Tū  Tonu Mai!

Jenny Bennett

Principal

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