Maungaraki School is a Decile 10 full primary school located on the western hills of the Hutt Valley. It serves a diverse community, which has high educational expectations and values strong school/community links. We generally have between 260 and 280 students enrolled in the school. Our school has been growing over the past few years and an enrolment scheme is in place.
Maungaraki School opened on 19 April 1999 with the merger of Otonga and Puketiro Schools - one school to serve the needs of the Maungaraki community. With the growing school roll we opened a new classroom and music suite in 2007 and a new classroom and staffroom in 2010. At the beginning of 2015 we have opened the first of our MLE (Modern Learning Environment) flexible learning spaces, and are currently working to refurbish another 4 classroom block to better meet the needs of modern learners.
As a school we focus heavily on Literacy and Numeracy and are proud of our achievements. Maungaraki School also has a commitment to Inquiry Learning, as we believe that there is value in providing children with the skills to 'unpack knowledge' and that there must be authentic purposes in teaching and learning programmes. There is also a commitment from our board to provide our students with a well-balanced curriculum to nurture the whole child, celebrate successes and provide a range of experiences in all curriculum areas. This includes a range of music, sports and cultural activities. Each year our students experience a range of education outside the classroom opportunities.
Maungaraki School is traditionally an Apple Mac School. We have an environment where students are trusted to use high quality, engaging and powerful technologies as an integral part of their learning. In Term 3, 2014 we embarked on a 1-1 device journey using chromebooks operating within the GAFE framework for every child in our Year 5-6 classrooms. From 2015, all Year 5-8 students are included in this initiative. The future focused pedagogies inherent in our digital classrooms are also being encouraged and developed through our Years 1-4 classrooms, with ipads and a pod of laptops readily available as tools to support learning.
Increased emphasis has been placed on developing the partnership between parents, students and teachers. Our website includes information on the school, newsletters and other notices, the school calendar, resources for parents and a great deal of other material. A great deal of effort is given to communicating clearly and regularly with the community. We have three-way conferences that students participate in where goals are collaboratively determined. These are followed by student learning celebrations where learners showcase their achievements and share next steps with families.