Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tātou mahi
Let the uniqueness of the child guide our teaching
Kia ora koutou
Whether you are an existing TPS whānau or a new family looking for an exceptional educational experience, I extend a warm welcome to you. Having now been the leader of Taradale Primary for twelve years, I can write about our school and culture with some surety! So what makes us so special? In a nutshell, it’s the people. TPS is a school with a big heart, a school with whānau at its centre and a school that has a distinct feeling of manaakitanga (warmth and care) to it. Our staff and community play such a strong part in this culture, as we inherit learners with strong personal values and, as a kura, we add to that. We encourage parents and caregivers to take an active part in the life of the school; that parental support is evident in all that we do, and is especially notable through our Board of Trustees and PTA.
“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”
Our ākonga have lovely manners, are involved and engaged in their learning and each classroom has a vibrant and stimulating environment. Our learners are adept at managing their own behaviour, which leads to an exciting and supportive place of learning. We have developed a series of nine soft skills known as Our Whakawhanaungatanga which our tamariki use to assist them to develop those valuable learning habits and which are used as part of their own self-assessment. We believe that children should be able to call upon a wide variety of skills and strategies to assist them on their learning journey, so they are exposed to De Bono’s Hats and other Thinking Skills which help this to develop. As a result of this, our academic results are really strong. We also believe in a balanced and a well-rounded education – TPS has a strong musical programme, is involved in an incredible variety of sports, offers language options to our senior ākonga and has a strong Te Reo Māori classroom programme.
We are becoming more and more ethnically diverse and we are proud of that, seeking new ways to ensure that everybody feels part of us, and our culture, and that we learn from their culture too. We boast strong support systems for our learners and there is a strong sense of turangawaewae (belonging) which is greatly aided by our tuakana-teina (buddy system) structures. We believe that all of our ākonga are learners and strive to let their unique qualities shine through. We are highly inclusive and do all that we can to ensure that all needs are met for all. High levels of empathy and loads of inclusivity!
Our staff is very stable and they model the soft skills of Our Whakawhanaungatanga that we believe so strongly in. Their own collaboration ensures that they learn with and for each other, constantly seeking to be a better kaiako each and every day. They truly do have a Growth Mindset! We are constantly evolving as a kura, always looking for ways to enhance the learning opportunities. At present we are working on MLE (Modern Learning Environments) shared learning spaces, Play Based Learning options across the school and, in doing so, we constantly look to create outdoor space which complements this. We are fully committed to Te Tiriti O Waitangi and have just completed an audit of our space in terms of Te Ao Māori.
Whakamau akoranga, whakamau a mau
Owning our learning, owning our future
Some facts and figures: we have a roll between 440 and 480 students, ranging from year 0 to year 6. We currently have a teaching staff of 24. Our school operates from a 1.84 hectare site with 20 classrooms, an amazing library, a school hall, playgrounds, astroturf and sports fields. We also use the Green Family Pool, a heated indoor 25m pool which is sited on our school grounds.
So welcome to TPS, welcome to our whānau and welcome to the wonderful and exciting world of learning.