Our Vision, Our Values, Our Philosophy, Our Principles, Our Goals


Mauria te pono (Believe in yourself)

Our mission

Tawhero School will endeavour in a climate of aroha and co-operation to provide a positive learning environment for the academic, physical, cultural, social and emotional growth of its tamariki.


Our values are Aroha, Tumanako and Whakapono.

Aroha is about projecting love, care, kindness, warm nurturing with positivity in everything we do.

Tumanako is about encouraging our tamariki (and ourselves) to be the very best we can be, dreaming big, having high expectations, working to our full potential in everything we do.

Whakapono is about having full belief that anything is possible, being true to yourself and others, knowing what the right thing to do and doing it, having faith in eachother. Truth, honesty and respect.


We shall provide academic, cultural, physical and social opportunities for growth and development. We want all children to develop as independent learners and thoughtful well-adjusted people.

Tawhero School is a place where aroha is fostered; where children learn to work with others whatever their race, gender, or beliefs. They will learn to accept responsibility, to share, to work and to play.

We are available to share knowledge and work with families for the benefit of their children. We welcome the support, interest and assistance of the community in all aspects of school life..


We operate as a team. There will be consultation and we will support team decisions.

We abide by ethical and professional standards taking due note of issues relating to equal opportunity and equity.

We are sensitive to individual differences and needs.
We help each other to develop effective and efficient teaching practices. We respect differing teaching styles in reaching for our goals.
We strive to be tactful in all communications.

Our school strategic goals

Our tamariki will have authentic, physically active, engaging, hands- on learning experiences inside and outside the classroom which include digital technologies, play-based learning and collaborative learning environments.

Together we will create a culture of well-being using the whare tapa-wha model where te taha tinana (physical wellbeing), te taha wairua (spiritual well-being), te taha hinengaro (mental well-being) and te taha whānau (family well-being) are at the forefront of everything we do in maintaining positive respectful relationships in a safe and inclusive environment.

Develop staff to strengthen teaching, leadership, and learner support so that there are equitable and excellent outcomes for all. Teachers will help students see their language, identity and culture reflected in everyday school life.

Deepen our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Design a broad, relevant, localised curriculum that engages, empowers, and enriches our tamariki so that they thrive in their world.

Strengthen connections and partnerships with whānau and community.

Beliefs About Learning

Tawhero School has the following core beliefs about tamariki and their learning:

All students can learn and have the right to do so.

Students learn best in an environment when positive relationships are developed and where whanaungatanga is fostered.

Learning happens most effectively when intentions and outcomes are shared.

Students learn best when they take ownership and responsibility for their learning.

Learning is a shared experience which lasts a lifetime.

Learning is best when there is a purpose to learn.

Staff empower all students to achieve personal excellence.

General Goals

To work as a team to provide quality-learning opportunities for all students and staff that reflects current teaching and learning practices and presents realistic challenges, with an emphasis on literacy, numeracy and inclusion.

To provide appropriate resources for the effective delivery and implementation of the curriculum

To provide a safe, healthy and challenging environment

To provide an environment for students, staff and Whanau where an understanding, appreciation and respect of Māori and other cultures is fostered

To improve educational achievement of Māori students


To help children become aware of the uniqueness of local environment/history

To provide effective learning assistance for children with identified special needs and abilities

To maintain a positive partnership with the school and local community/iwi

To provide a range of well-designed experiences outside of the classroom to help children foster an appreciation of their environment

To provide a range of physical activity to develop movement, fitness, flexibility skills and an attitude for good sportsmanship.

To provide opportunities for students and families to foster the pride in the school through extra curricula activities

To foster and enhance whanaungatanga and school culture for all

To develop leadership skills through the provision of roles of responsibility within the school

Cultural Diversity and Te Ao Māori

The school acknowledges New Zealand’s cultural diversity and the unique position of Māori culture. Our school has 92% Māori/Pacifika , 8% other.

Through our class programmes at Tawhero School students will have the opportunity to learn about our heritage and how our heritage (Māori, European and other ethnicities) influence our world today.

Programmes will recognise the multicultural society in which we now live encouraging and supporting a mutual respect for cultural differences and beliefs.

This learning may arise in many areas of learning and will be supported and modelled through teachers attitudes and acceptance of Aotearoa’s cultural diversity.