Ko au ko Ngongotaha, ko Ngongotaha ko au
Ngongotaha School, was established in 1911 on the outskirts of Rotorua in a village type setting as a one class school with 33 students. We now have the equivalent of 18 teaching spaces, which comprise a blend of traditional and variable space classrooms. The community is well served by three local marae with an additional two marae that are on the outskirts of Ngongotaha itself. Ngongotaha School has a positive partnership local community and iwi. We value the importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and ensure all students at Ngongotaha School learn about their local area, history, traditions, language and all aspects of Te Ao Maori. In addition to English Medium, students at Ngongotaha School are given the opportunity to learn in a Màori Medium environment using Te Marau Akura. We provide an environment for all students, staff and whanau where an understanding, appreciation and respect of Màori and other cultures is fostered.
Sited on three levels, the school has well-established grounds, to provide a range of physical activities to develop movement, fitness, flexibility skills and an attitude for good sportsmanship. We offer open areas between buildings, a petanque pit, Whare Waananga, a well-resourced Library, Solar Heated Swimming Pool, a turfed play area, a nature walk, extensive playgrounds and large field spaces. Shade is provided to many of the classrooms and play areas via shade sails and well-established trees that provide demonstrating the Board’s commitment to providing our students with appropriate safety from the sun. The school is well maintained providing an attractive, stimulating environment for students.
The School’s community reflects a wide socio-economic base and is a blend of both rural and urban environments. The central business area is vibrant and provides the community with all essential services. Pre-school facilities include day care centres, Kindergarten and Kohanga Reo.
The school welcomes and embraces all students and endeavours to provide the best environment to suit the individual needs of each child. We receive funding from the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust Board, which enables us to provide specific programmes for students who are at risk of not achieving in literacy and numeracy. Trained teacher aides facilitate this program and are well supported by our Learning Support Co-Ordinator.
We believe that students learn best in an environment when positive relationships are developed and where whanaungatanga is fostered. All classes are well resourced and the Board employs teacher assistants to carry out specific programmes. Teacher and student support, from specialist teachers, is evident within the school. Students are encouraged to develop leadership skills and take ownership and responsibility for their learning and our staff empower all students to achieve personal excellence through shared and authentic experiences inside and outside of the classroom. Learning programmes recognise the multicultural society in which we now live encouraging and supporting a mutual respect for cultural differences and beliefs and to help children foster an appreciation of their environment.
“Iti rearea Kahikatea ka taea – Aim High Stand Proud”
The 2023 School Year
TERM 1 – Tuesday 31st January to Thursday 6th April
(Auckland Anniversary 30th January, Waitangi day 6th February)
Holiday: Saturday 7th April- Sunday 23rd April
TERM 2 – Wednesday 26th April to Friday 30th July
(Teacher Development day Monday 24th April, Queen's Birthday Monday 5th June, Teacher Development Day 2nd June)
Holiday:Saturday 1st July-Sunday 16th July
|Term 3|| TERM 3 – Monday 17th July to Friday 22th September
Holiday: Saturday 23rd September- Sunday 8th October
TERM 4 - Monday 9th October to Friday 15th December
(Teacher Development day Friday 20st October, Labour Day Monday 23rd October)
|Teacher Development days
TEACHER DEVELOPMENT DAYS
We have arranged to have our development days to be held during the school holiday breaks at the beginning and end of the year or on the Friday before a long weekend to minimise disruption.
~ Mission Statement ~
Aim High, Stand Proud
Iti rearea teitei kahikatea ka taea