Learn. Achieve. Succeed.

Through whānau and families, staff, and students working together, we know we can learn, achieve, and succeed as individuals and as a community.

Haere mai, Afio mai a, Malo e me’a mai, Aere mai, Fakaalofa atu, welcome. We are a school where all learners are valued and celebrated. We strive for excellence in all that we do.

Holistic Learning

Our team of professional and dedicated Support Staff, Teachers, and Specialists work together to design quality educational programmes for students with special learning needs. We teach the New Zealand Curriculum with a focus on the key competencies, to provide a holistic programme which is centred on the individual needs of each student.

Our Students

Our students are aged between 5 and 21 years of age, and learn either at our Base School in Taradale, or in one of our satellite classes at Nelson Park School, Tamatea Primary School, Tamatea Intermediate, and Tamatea High School. Many of our young adult students enjoy preparing for life after school at Te Rangimarie, our Transition Centre in Bridge Pa.

Our Kaupapa & Guiding Principle

'Whānau Ako - Learning Together'. For all students to be proud of who they are; learning, achieving and successfully participating in their community.

Our Specialist Team - FAST

We are dedicated in providing specialist services for our students and family whānau to support successful educational outcomes.

We are dedicated in providing specialist services for our students and family whānau to support successful educational outcomes. Our Staff and FAST provide a seamless service for our students and their family whānau. We work closely with family whānau, our teaching and support staff, and outside agencies such as the Child Development Service (CDS) and the Ministry of Education to ensure a holistic and collaborative approach. Our Staff embed specialist programmes into our students’ school day. Specialists goals align with the New Zealand Curriculum and Key Competencies.

Latest News

Newsletter 2, March 2020

Kia ora koutou e te whānau

Its been a busy few weeks at school with Senior PLP meetings last week and our Junior meetings this week.  It is always great to see so many parents and whānau attend.  Teachers value hearing from you and spending time with you to discuss your young persons education.  If you were unable to attend and would like to meet, please phone the office, let us know what works for you and we will get back to you to organise a meeting.  


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Newsletter 1, Feb 2020

Welcome back to the new school year everyone, and a very warm welcome to our new students, and their whānau and families, and to our new members of staff.  

What a great beginning we have had to the school year.  Staff came back to work on Tuesday 28th January for four days professional development.  This            included Team Teach training, training delivered by our FAST team and a range of practical workshops led by our teachers - a great opportunity to share knowledge and experience.


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