THIS TERM'S CORNERSTONE VALUE IS: Whakaute / Respect: To treat with courtesy; to hold in high regard, to honour, to care about yourself, others and our environment
The board of trustees has made the decision to close the school next Wednesday, 29 May, due to industrial action by the PPTA and NZEI.
Gordon Brown passed away in his sleep at his Mangapai home on Saturday night. Gordon will be fondly remembered by many in our school community as the technology teacher from 1965 to 1990. He ran woodwork night-classes which many of the district attended - even making furniture from kauri! Gordon also drove the school bus (Waiotira run). We offer our sincere condolences to his family. Gordon's funeral will be held on 31 May 2019 (10.30am) at Morris & Morris.
- This message is to inform you that the Year 7 & 8 students will not be attending the WPSSA Winter Sports. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. The charge for this event will be reversed. For those who have already paid this will result in a credit on your account. We are running our own Waka sports day here at TAS. This will involve us using the turf and field for most of the day. Our students will be coming to school in Waka colours (not uniform) and we will be giving them a sausage sizzle in the quad at lunch time.
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Tauraroa Area School is situated in a rural area about 25km SW of Whangarei. Maungakaramea and Mangapai roads are sealed roads which lead directly to TAS from SH1. The school is about four kilometres from the village of Maungakaramea, which has a garage with a shop and postal facilities, a sports complex and a hall. Most of the 500+ students travel to school by bus. School starts (for students) at 8:40 am and finishes at 3:10 pm.
The school is divided into Primary, Intermediate and Secondary, with some common core activities like assemblies and sports days to promote a strong family culture. All students are allocated to a Form Class and a robust Pastoral care system is in place. Students in Year 9 to 13 are in vertical form (or "waka") classes and there are deans supporting students at all levels. About 25% of students are Maori, with the remainder Pakeha. The school has 31 classrooms (including specialist facilities for Music, Art, Food Technology / Hospitality, Hard Materials Technology, Maori, Science, and Computing; alongside a general purpose hall/gym, a community library and a heated pool. There is good community involvement in school activities.
The school is staffed with approximately 46 full or part-time teachers. There are Teacher Aides and ESOL Teachers, an Executive Officer, a Student Services Officer, Learning Support Unit, Librarian and a full time Caretaker. There are International (fee paying and exchange) Students at TAS every year. We have a specialist staff member who supports students through enrolment, homestay placement and on-going pastoral care.
STAR, GATEWAY, Video Conference Learning (VCL classes for example in Classics, History, Economics, and more), Correspondence School and other external courses supplement teacher-based education at years 11 to 13.
Pictured are our Head Students for 2019 (fro m left): Head Boy, Connor Guest; Deputy Head Boy, Sean Chaplin; Deputy Head Girl, Ani Quirey; Head Girl, Chiquela Blomfield.