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 7, August 2019

Ngā mihi mahana kia koutou.  Warm greetings to you all.

Students and staff have returned to school ready for another action packed term! A big welcome to Trish Horrobin, who will be working across the school sharing her skill and expertise with students, support and teaching staff.  Trish has joined us from Newlands Intermediate School in Wellington where she was the school SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator).  Prior to this Trish was a specialist teacher at Patricia Avenue Special School in Hamilton and various Special Schools in England.  


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Newsletter 6, July 2019

Kia ora koutou e te whānau

It was a shame that we had to cancel the whole school assembly last week.  The hall at Tamatea High School had been set up and decorated for their Senior Ball.  It looked very exciting, and we knew the temptation to explore for many of our students would have been too much!!  


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