At Kawaha Point School we have a clear focus on Literacy (reading & writing), Numeracy (maths) and Inquiry (other 'Topic' areas).  The morning is the most productive learning time and we ensure that this time is used for Literacy and Numeracy.  During this time, all levels from Year 2, cross group for maths to ensure each students needs are met.  In line with the revised Curriculum we are developing a concept based curriculum that focuses on students understanding rather than simply 'knowing stuff'.


All students are assessed regularly to identify strengths and areas to furtherr develop.  We use a variety of nationally recognised assessments which you can find more information about on the sub-menu of this page.  Formative assessment is an important part of our school with students knowing what they are learning and how they will know when they have achieved it.  


Gifted and Talented Education

We have a multi-faceted approach to identifying students who require a faster pace of learning, to cover a wider range of topics and to be extended.  We cater for these students through running quality extension programmes in each class designed to meet students needs.  We also run extra extension programmes in terms 2 and 3.  This can be looked at in more detail on the sub-menu of this page.

Special Needs and Remedial

We have trained staff to provide remedial programmes such as Reading Recovery.  We currently have 7 staff who are trained in many different areas such as Phonemic Awareness, Oral Language and Perceptual Motor Skills.  This can be looked at in more detail on the sub-menu of this page.


Bilingual / Te Reo Maori

A Te Reo Maori Bilingual Unit is provided for children from Year 0 to Year 6.  The kaupapa (main idea or philosophy) allows children to be taught in English and Maori.  If you don't speak Maori at home, but would like your children to learn Maori as well as English, then one of our 3 bilingual classes will be good for your child.  Our children learn to read and write in English, but they are also taught in Maori.

Learning in two languages gives your child the best of both worlds.  International research shows that children being taught in two languages generally finish school with higher qualifications.

Perceptual Motor Programmes

PMP is a carefully sequenced movement programme designed for junior students.  The programme promotes development of both sides of the brain and in particular, balance, locomotion, fitness and hand/eye coordination.



Each year the Year 5 and 6 children go to camp.  This year's camp will be at Okataina where they will do water activities, bush hikes and other outdoor activities that can not be taught in a school environment. There are many experiences that the child has at camp which are beneficial for their growth as individuals, teaching appreciation of and safety in our environment, alongside community living skills and independance.

Information Technology

Children are growing up in an increasingly technological world.  Many of those technologies are involved with communication, and assist us to see, speak and retrieve information from people all around the world, quickly and cheaply.  At Kawaha Point School, we believe in using a range of technologies as tools in the learning process and to engage students.  Chrome books, iPads, Digital cameras, video cameras and a variety of software (much of it readily available and free online) are all tools used to motivate students in their learning.

Kawaha Point School
Aquarius Drive
Rotorua, New Zealand
Ph: 07 348 5864
Fax: 07 349 2581