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Welcome to the Wakaaranga School website. At our school, the emphasis is on excellence. Our motto is “To be the best I can possibly be”. This is a belief we instil in all of our students. The core school values, ‘Respect, Responsibility and Reflection’ are extremely important to staff and students in our school. The three trees in our logo represent these three R’s.You may like to check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WakaarangaSchool.

 

 Community of Schools

Some of you may have read a statement in the November 23 edition of the Eastern Courier School (from the other 4 schools in our Farm Cove Cluster) that they have agreed to join together in a Community of Learning (CoL). You might be wondering what a CoL is, and also be wondering why our school name is not there as well. The reason very simply, is that after much deliberation, consideration and debate, your Board of Trustees and staff have chosen not to opt to join the CoL.
The National Government decided two years ago via the ‘Investing in Educational Success programme’ to begin an initiative to cluster schools into Communities of Learning (CoLs). A CoL is supposed to mean that the schools in the CoL would work together on raising the achievement for learners throughout their schooling pathway. Forming or being part of a CoL is voluntary and not a requirement for schools. Despite much encouragement and persuasion, this initiative has not been widely accepted or taken up by most schools in New Zealand.
In theory, schools in a CoL would have both in-school and across-school leadership opportunities for staff in order for them to work together, investigate teacher practice, and provide opportunities for growth to be more effective in their teaching and to improve student achievement. To qualify for any funding all CoLs have to have MoE approved ‘achievement challenges’. The challenges the MoE are prepared to sign off relate to targets around improving student improvement and National Standards, something that ERO recognised in their most recent review as an area that we are already succeeding in “The school responds effectively to all children whose learning and achievement need acceleration”
Considerable time was spent collaborating with the schools in the Farm Cove cluster looking for trends and similarities in our achievement data in order to find common areas of need on which to focus the achievement challenges/goals. However, it became apparent that the goals required by the cluster of schools were not going to meet the achievement needs of our students. As a result, the Board and staff feel it is best to focus on our school and our students so we can set achievement challenges tailored for, and suited specifically to our own school community. Participating in the CoL would mean that we would have to compromise on our own goals for our students which as you will clearly understand, does not sit well with us.
Although we have chosen not to be part of this CoL we will continue to be an active part of the traditional Farm Cove Cluster of schools and in particular continue to foster our close relationship with Farm Cove Intermediate. We wish those schools joining the CoL every success.

ERO Report The school received a very favourable ERO report as a consequence the next ERO report will be in five years. You can read the report by clicking on this text. ERO Report 2017

 Absences

Please text your child's name, class and reason for absence to 027 576 8206. You can also email an absentee notice from this website by just going to this page Parents absentee Form.

WakaCare

Please click on the link and record the times and days required and the information that is requested.
wakaaranga.aimyplus.com 

 

NEWS

2018 Term Dates
Term 1 31 January-13 April Term 2 30 April-6 July Term 3 23 July-Friday 28 September Term 4 15 October-Friday 14 December
2018 Public Holidays
Term 1 6 February-Waitangi Day 30 March-Good Friday 2 April-Easter Monday 3 April-Easter Tuesday Term 2 4 June-Queens Birthday Term 4 22 October-Labour Day
2017 Term Dates
Term 3 ends 29 Sep Term 4 16 Oct - 15 Dec
School Lunches
For 2017 we will have a new lunch system that will be easier to use and run for five days. Click here to find out more information about this system.
School Defibrillator
Wakaaranga now has an AED (Defibrillator). It is adult and child compatible and is available during school hours in the medical room by the office.