About our school
Our school has a unique history, with deep connections to the area in which we are located. Our Kura was originally a small rural school by the name of Waikuku which was founded in 1873. We relocated from the site at Waikuku to our new school in Pegasus Town in 2014, renaming the school to Te Kura o Manga Kawari, reflecting the varied communities that our school is connected to.
Families move to our area for the coastal, rural lifestyle and our school reflects this. It is a school that lets children be children - wear bare feet, climb, get grazes and have fun. We value all that is great about our place - the beaches, the lake, the forest, the wetlands, the river and the history of our area. We believe in learning through experiences, so it is important to us that we engage with our surroundings in meaningful way. We are a school for adventurers, for creators and for thinkers.
Our values of Kaitiaki, Whanaungatanga and Ako are significant to us as they help shape the caring, community minded learners that we send out into the world.
We believe that all of our students need to be digitally capable and know that learning to use these digital tools can enhance learning beyond what we might imagine education to be. We have been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for our innovative implementation of Apple technology in teaching and learning. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programmes that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.
We ensure all students have equitable access to these tools, so we provide the devices and a consistent platform to ensure no child is disadvantaged.
Our expectation is that by developing our students’ digital capabilities through all learning and teaching, this can be transformative in our students’ education during their time at our school and beyond.
We have an open door policy, and we want to know what you are thinking - so if there's something you think we've done well and should know about, or you have a concern about something, or you have an idea you'd like to share - please get in touch. You can pop in, phone or email. If I'm not about, then Micky, my PA, is a good person to speak to.
We have something special here, so why not come and find out what we are about.