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Welcome to Kawaha Point School 

 

Kawaha Point School is located in Rotorua and caters for students from Years 1 to 6. The school roll is currently around 340, sbout 58% of whom identify as Māori. The school provides bilingual education as an integral part of the school with three bilingual classes.

We promote a warm and inclusive learning environment and parents are actively encouraged to participate and contribute to the life of the school. 

Our students have many opportunities to experience success in a range of academic, sporting and cultural activities. 

 

 
 
 

Tena koutou katoa, nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa. 

Welcome to all parents, caregivers and community members. Kawaha Point has a dedicated staff and Board of Trustees that really care about the students that are enrolled at our school. Our teaching staff are a wonderful mix of very experienced teachers and enthusiastic newcomers that combine to offer the very best of learning opportunities. We have four staff with their Masters and several others studying towards this qualification demonstrating that we are all still learners!

We have the equivalent of 3 Bilingual classes and currently have the equivalent of 12 English medium classes that give us enviable class sizes, particularly in the junior school. We have several collaborative teaching spaces that allow students to build a quality relationship with more than one teacher. These spaces also allow teachers to use their variety of strengths to support students learning. This approach to education is often referred to as Modern Learning (MLE) or Innovative Learning Environments (ILE) and we believe it is vital that students understand their learning and take ownership of it. We have five Reading Recovery trained teachers on staff and this supports our junior students with a great start to their education. 

Our curriculum is evolving as we ensure that students get a well-rounded education that includes music, art, drama, PE, inquiring into their own interests and reading, writing and numeracy. We have a Graduate Profile created by the community that articulates the goals for our students by the time they leave us. We believe that knowing things is no longer good enough for our students and students must now be able to understand enduring concepts and be comfortable with cognitive conflict. We also believe in teaching students ‘just in time’ when the knowledge or understanding is useful in a real context rather than ‘just in case’ as schools used to do when I went to school.

We not only encourage parents and family members to be involved in the school and their child’s education, but really look forward to opportunities to discuss aspects of your child’s education. You are always welcome at Kawaha Point School to chat with teachers or drop in to the staffroom for a coffee. Our ‘Open Door Policy’ encourages parents to be involved at school whenever they like. If you are after a ‘mechanic school’ (one where you drop your child off at the start of the day and collect them fixed at the end) we are not the school for you. We want you showing a real interest in your child’s education and forming a partnership with us.

 We believe that the word ‘fun’ should be an integral part of every child’s education. In fact, we believe this so strongly, that we have included this as part of our Annual Plan for the last 5 years. Our student achievement results show that, although more than 80% of our students arrive with very low literacy levels, by the time they leave us, more than 85% are at or above the expected level in reading.

We hope you will enjoy your time with Kawaha Point School and we look forward to working with you

Regards, Andrew Sinclair - Principal

 

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