Academic

At Tahuna, learning is more than knowing facts, although that’s important too. For us, learning is a way of life!

We have a vision of students who are logical and creative, open-minded and questioning, and confident in their ability to take risks, solve problems and challenge themselves. This is the academic environment we promote, through high quality teaching that emphasises the joys of learning and celebrates successes.

Classes in numeracy see students buzzing with activities and using many new hands-on resources. The programme is based on sound current research and builds knowledge, confidence and strategies to solve problems.

Tahuna is fortunate to be able to purchase wonderful reading resources and books for these special two years of schooling. Teachers have expectations that everyone will improve and work hard to develop life-long reading habits.

Science and Social Studies programmes are integrated. The inquiry learning approach involves students in setting their own study questions, and challenges them with high level thinking tasks. Students make choices, work collaboratively, and use ICT skills to access information. There are activity-based programmes where you will have the chance to explore new ideas, adopt a questioning attitude and begin to learn how we interact, culturally and scientifically, with the world. We aim to develop creative, critical, and reflective thinkers.

Learning a new language is both an exciting challenge and a good foundation for studying languages at high school. At Tahuna you will continue to learn some Maori, and be introduced to Mandarin, French, German and Japanese for the first time.

Individual tuition is available for speech and music from talented, enthusiastic instructors.

Tahuna Environmental Science Making a Difference

Posted: Tuesday June 13, 2017

For the past eight years keen scientists from Tahuna have been keeping an eye on the quality of water at Tomahawk Lagoon. Our findings have been shared with other interested parties but this year with the help of our long term Science Advisor, Mr Andrew Innes, Tahuna Scientists are maintaining...

Get NZ Writing

Posted: Wednesday March 1, 2017

Room 6 has been involved in 'Get NZ writing' which is an initiative from Warehouse Stationary. They have linked classrooms across NZ with a buddy class.  Each class has been tasked to write a series on sentences exploring the use of metaphors and descriptive language.

Enrichment Activities at Tahuna

Posted: Wednesday February 8, 2017

"Need to stretch the mental elastic or stimulate those creative juices? Then the Extension Activities Progamme at Tahuna could be just the thing for you!"