Nau Mai, Haere Mai

Titahi Bay North School (TBNS) is a school with a committed staff, a number of whom are long serving with much knowledge about the local bay area and community. Staff work to provide learning experiences that develop student confidence and achievement. TBNS students are encouraged, and able, to display the attributes of being positive tuakana teina and role models.

The school is organised into two strands

An English medium (Auraki) strand – teaching learning areas from the New Zealand Curriculum.

A Māori Medium strand (Rumaki) in which the students education is based on Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, primarily delivered in Te Reo Maori

Teachers plan cooperatively to develop programmes to meet the needs of students. They share strengths and resources to support each other and the students. The school is involved in regular school wide events e.g. assembly, trips, singing, sports.

Te Whānau o Te Kakano, a reo rumaki whanau began at TBNS over 30 years ago in response to community wishes and aspirations.

We have 5 multilevel ruma auraki (English medium classes). The multi age groupings throughout the school allow for tuakana/teina relationships, role modelling and learning to flourish. For the past 20 years we have catered for Year 7 and 8 students, which also adds to the special character of our school – a whanau whanui ‘country school in town’ feel.

Research shows many benefits in having students learn in groups with older and younger peers and the pedagogical advantages of multi-age classrooms where students are with the same teacher for two or more years.