Question - Investigate - Discover

Through innovative inquiry and exploration based programs, your child is encouraged and supported along their own personal learning journey. Our students have opportunities to thrive in areas they are passionate about, while also uncovering and developing new skills as they rise to fresh and exciting challenges. Our aim is to grow the knowledge, ability and confidence that will prepare our students for a future as proud, capable global citizens with a positive attitude to learning.


Connecting talents and interests with real-world opportunities

In 2017 Tairua School launched its own dedicated technology programme for our Year 7 & 8 students specifically catering to each individual's passions and skills. 

Students in TAI-Tech (Tairua Academy of Innovation & Technology) receive 2 hours of expert, hands-on instruction each week in a subject of their choice, designed to link their interests with potential career and future learning pathways.

Current modules on offer in TAI-Tech are:

  • Coding
  • Construction
  • Science
  • Food Technology
  • Sports Science
  • Dance & Drama
  • Photography

    Sports and EOTC

    Embracing the unique opportunities offered by a stunning natural environment

    From the magical surroundings of Pakau Hora Hora, our school beach; the lush bush setting of the Coromandel forests, to the action of the Pauanui Surf Breaks, getting in nature provides a strong focus for all students at Tairua School. 

    Each year, the many school camps and trips create memorable experiences for our students. Sporting opportunities are available throughout the year, including rugby, netball, soccer, cricket, athletics and swimming. Tairua School is also part of the WHOT collective with surrounding school, with inter-school tournaments organised for each year.

    Waterwise and Surf Academy

    In the Summer terms, a daily summer swim programme combined with Kayaking, Sailing and our own School Surf Academy, enables students to gain the water safety skills and confidence that is vital for young people in coastal communities. Waterwise and Surf Academy are two prime examples of what vibrant and enthusiastic parent/caregiver participation makes possible.

    Te Reo Maori and Kapa Haka

    Our Te Reo tutor Matua George is inspiring us all to embrace our native language through formal greetings, beautiful waiata, traditional story telling and simple conversations. Every class has time with Matua George while our teaching staff continue to build Te Reo into their weekly programmes. Both our Maori and non-Maori students are encouraged and supported to take on new language challenges with confidence.

    Led by, Miss Tracey Mitchell and parent volunteers Betty-May Daley and Faith Barrett, our Kapa Haka group, through song and dance, fosters deep connections with place and whanau. Tairua School is the birthplace of the annual Coromandel Cultural Festival uniting schools from across the peninsula for a shared celebration of our unique culture and heritage.

    Play-Based Learning

    Our Junior School adopts a play-based learning model in the classroom.

    Research has shown that a play-based approach to learning can develop key values and competencies such as innovation, inquiry, curiosity, respect, self-management, relating to others, participation and contribution to the wider environment. Come and discover the exciting curriculum and play environment we have in place.

    Kick Start to School

    Getting to know our newest citizens

    Kick Start is specially designed for pre-schoolers to ease their transition into Tairua School. Students visit Room 1 for a few hours on Friday mornings to learn classroom programmes, get to know other students and teachers, and become familiar with the routines of "big school". The number of sessions is flexible and can range from 4 to 10 depending on what works best for you and your child. The result is a fun, stress-free introduction to life at Tairua School.


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