Principal's Welcome

Welcome to Ngākuru School

A major strength of our country school is that we have been able to maintain a close, collaborative sense of community where we have strong connections that enable our children to interact with one another from Year 1-8. Our children have the best of both worlds in that they take part in all of what the larger Rotorua schools do, but are still able to come home and be country kids.

Our students achieve academically with progress showing improvement yearly, at the highest levels. Even in a year where learning has been disrupted, our students have progressed and achieved at levels above what we expected.

We are passionate about our sport and fielded four winter hockey teams in 2020 as well as one summer hockey team. We work closely with our local Healthy Active Learning Advisor and Go4it leader to promote physical activity and healthy habits. We have a school pool in which our students swim in Terms 1 and 4.

We take part in Rotomaths, Top Schools, EPro8, AIMS Games and anything else that we can enjoy!

All students are well known by our caring, dedicated staff and programmes can be tailored towards the individual interests and needs

Children feel like they are part of a team and close community in a school of our size, nature and location, where mixed age group interaction is a regular feature of our programmes and break times. Small class sizes are also a feature of Ngakuru school.

Our exciting building projects and maintenance program is underway. We have a brand new turf which is well used by our students for hockey, tennis and other ball sports. Our next project is a refurbished classroom and library.

We are developing our future focused curriculum to serve the needs of our children. Our junior room teacher is utilising play-based learning and our Rotorua Central Community of Learning PD focus for 2019/20 is Visible Learning based on the research of Prof. John Hattie.

We have started our sustainability and environmental education journey through our gulley rejuvenation project, hut making, tree climbing, farming education and making connections with Wingspan and other local farming and horticultural companies. In 2021 we look forward to building on our Enviroschools journey.

Citizenship this year will be about building relationships with our class members and other people within our community and globalization will be about how we relate to our world. Building Financial Capability into our curriculum ensure that our students develop ways of looking after money.

All children from Year 0-8 learn Māori kupu, waiata and tikanga.

Please come to our school for a visit to experience a great country school.

Hope to meet you soon,

Rachel Weinberg

Principal