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 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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Newsletter 12, December 2019

Here we are, the last week of the school year.  The last school week of the decade!!

Students and families had a grand time at our end of year dance last week, and it was lovely to see so many whānau, students and staff at our Tea By The Sea evening, relaxing, and chatting and enjoying each others company.  Our local firemen turning up with the fire engine was an added bonus and staff and student alike loved climbing aboard and exploring!!


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