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About Whakarongo School...

At Whakarongo School we recognise that we live in an ever changing world that will confront our students with a whole range of different challenges.  
Whakarongo School is focused on preparing our students for this challenge, making sure that they will have the best possible chance of being successful citizens.

Whakarongo School is well known as a leading school and has much to offer. This page will give you a taste of our school, but I would also like to extend an invitation to come and visit us to view our excellent facilities and stimulating learning environments.

Below you will find an overview about the organisational structure of our school. To find out more about the Whakarongo Kid and how this is incorporated into our teaching and learning, visit the link: Our Vision

Our Curriculum...

Whakarongo School covers all the essential learning areas as identified in the New Zealand Curriculum. We use the learning areas to develop the skills, knowledge, attitude and values our students will need to be successful in the 21st century. We deliver our curriculum through the most up to date methods. The core areas of literacy and numeracy are our focus and we deliver other areas of the curriculum through an inquiry based approach.

Flexible Learning Environments (FLEs)

Whakarongo is a leader in the field of using collaborative teaching and flexible learning environments to improve teaching and learning. From the start of 2015 we have been using this across the school. You can read more here.

Assessment & Reporting...

Assessment - we use both standardised tests (e.g: running records, PAT's) as well as formative assessment practices. This provides us with the vital information about student progress in key areas and provides students with feedback to continually improve their work.
Reporting - We keep parents up to date with their children's progress through a variety of ways. This includes: parent-teacher interviews where a learning plan is discussed and goals are set, learning profiles (digital and paper), a written report, expos and other opportunities to view student work. Teachers are also available to meet with you to discuss their progress.


Research has shown that students of today are different from their parents, in that their brains have been programmed for a digital world of multiple inputs and moving and static images. Whakarongo School is well known for its leadership in the area of supporting teaching and learning through the use of e-learning. We receive large numbers of visitors from all over the country to look at this work. e-learning is not about learning about computers, it is about improving learning. Our students use e-learning to ENHANCE, COMMUNICATE  and CREATE. 

We now have all Year 5-8 classes with a ratio of 1 digital device per every 2 students. All other classrooms also have laptops and iPads available for student use at a ratio of approximately 1 device to 3 students. We also support those students that wish to bring their own personal devices and particularly encourage students to bring their own iPads, iPods and Apple laptops.

Click Our eLearning to see key apps we use and our Bring Your Own Device policy for those students wishing to bring their own devices.

If you have any further questions regarding e-learning at Whakarongo School, please contact: amatangi@whakarongo.school.nz

We develop our students leadership through a number of initiatives. Students have the choice of a large number of responsibilities that they can take on during each year and the opportunity to work towards a silver and gold school badge from Years 5-8.  

We have 5 houses within our school and each one of these houses has a house leader as well as a team of four students from Years 5-8 to assist with organisation of house events such as sports, competitions etc. These students form our student council and they are supported in developing their leadership skills on a regular basis with coaching sessions from teachers supporting the council.  The house leaders also attend an annual Young Leader's Day.

Click here to see more about Developing Our Leaders.

Enrichment Programs...

Modules: Students in years 7 and 8 have the opportunity to attend these modules once a week. The aim of the modules is to provide students with a 'taste' of some new area (e.g: Chinese Mandarin and Japanese) or some more in-depth teaching in areas like Dance and Drama. This exposure also assists students in making subject choices at high school. 

The Year 0-6 children also engage each week in a range of extracurricular learning through Te Ao Kori me nga Toi programmes within pods to provide them with a wide range of experiences, extending and challenging their thinking, while working outside of their normal class groups, to encourage greater collaboration and diversity in our learning programmes.

We also run a Gifted and Talented Education programme at Whakarongo School (GATE). It is needs based and has both a junior 
and senior component.


Sport has a high profile at our school and we have a huge number of teams participating in a variety of winter and summer codes of sports. We rely heavily on parents and caregivers to volunteer as coaches and managers of these teams. We believe that sports provide students with an organised way of doing some exercise and also provide students with an environment to develop their interpersonal skills. Within our school, we run our own championship events for swimming, athletics and cross-country and there are also opportunities for students to compete against other schools in these areas.

Click here to go to Our Sports.  If you have any further questions regarding sport, contact: sports@whakarongo.school.nz

Cultural Activities...

We offer a number of cultural activities. These include regular participation in the Kids for Kids concerts and a full school production every 3 years. Visiting performing artists introduce new art forms to our students and inspire them to develop their creative capabilities. In 2008 we established a Kapa Haka group. These have been very successful and are continuing to grow and develop, with two further Kapa Haka groups through the middle and junior school now established.  In addition to this, in the last two years we have been developing several dance groups, with great success at the DanceNZ Made competitions since 2013.  We offer a jump jam group for junior students and two dance groups for Years 5-6 and Years 7-8 respectively.


Rural Character of Whakarongo School...

Although Whakarongo isn't a rural school anymore, we still value our rural heritage and values. We do this through our annual Agricultural Day, a vegetable garden competition and encourage our students to be kids and play (yes, we have a climbing tree!).  We also have environmental and gardening groups, producing our own vegetables to sell and getting the children involved in clean, green Kiwi living!

After School Care...

A-Plus runs an After School Care programme based at Whakarongo School. Holiday fun has a simple philosophy for After School Care - good activities, good staff and let the children have fun.

A-Plus supplies their own staff and resources, avoiding technology based 'babysitters' and utilises themed modules, planned activities, an incentive based 
Homework Club and national Pen-Pal Club, along with a structured timetable and motivated staff.

After School Care runs from 3pm to 6pm weekdays during the school term.

For more information check out this website link: www.aplus.co.nz