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, February 2019

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

What a great beginning we have had to the school year.  Staff came back to work on Monday 28th January for a week of fun filled professional development.  We spent two of our staff only days focussed on Sensory Learning across the curriculum, both inside and outside of the classroom........


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Newsletter12, December 2018

Kia ora koutou e te whānau

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of  another school year!!  2018 began with us receiving a very positive Education Review Office external review, which congratulated the school staff and Board of Trustees on our rich learning and specialist programmes. Staff didn’t rest on their laurels, they continued to focus on further developing our programmes and systems so that our students can enjoy success in their learning.  It takes a whole team to ensure that this happens, and I would like to thank all our staff and our Board for the energy and passion they bring to their work.  


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