Whaia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe me he maunga teitei 

Pursue that which is precious, and do not be deterred by anything less than a lofty mountain.


We are a Positive Behaviour for Learning School. The purpose of PB4L at Te Wharau is to have a safe and supportive environment that develops CHARMing, confident akonga who are powerful learners and successful citizens of the world.” As part of this we are on the journey of Restoritive Practice.


Te Wharau is proud to say we are on the journey to becoming a restorative school that prioritises building and maintaining positive relationships between students, staff and the wider community. This approach aligns with our school values of CHARM and we hope you will feel the warmth and care of our school community when you enter our school.

Restorative practices are based on the principles of respect, responsibility and relationships. We aim to create a supportive and inclusive environment where all members of the school community feel heard, valued and understood.

Our restorative approach emphasises communication, empathy and accountability. When conflicts or incidents arise, we work to understand the underlying causes and to address them in a way that promotes healing, growth and learning. This includes providing opportunities for affected parties to share their perspectives, repairing harm done to relationships and supporting individuals to take responsibility for their actions to make positive changes moving forward.

We believe that a restorative approach not only helps to create an understanding and caring school environment but will also prevent and address issues within the school community while teaching valuable life skills such as conflict resolution, communication and empathy. We are committed to continuously learning and improving our restorative practices to ensure that our school remains a CHARMing, safe and welcoming place for all.



Our teachers work hard at developing ALIVE programmes (Active, Limitless, Invigorating, Vibrant, Engaging) that are based around new experiences that engage students and build on their interests and strengths. The aim is to make learning fun and engaging as well as developing the inquisitive nature of our students and make them lifelong learners.


The Environmental Team are working hard to keep Te Wharau up to the Silver Enviroschools standard. We continue to recycle and find ways of reducing our environmental footprint. Our children have identified areas around our school that they wish to improve in order to create a more beautiful learning environment. Tamariki continue to maintain and utilise our mara kai and learn the cycle of gardening. We are always keen for extra pairs of hands in the garden, if you would like to be a part of this please let your child’s teacher if you are interested. 


Te Wharau School is a Google Applications For Education School (GAFE). We have chromebooks and ipads in all our classrooms and our teachers use these technologies in our classrooms to support the learning of our tamariki. 


Te Wharau School places a high focus on physical education and fundamental movement skills (FMS). Te Wharau School has a comprehensive swimming programme; in terms 1 and 4 all junior classes swim in our school pool  and our senior students swim in the Ilminster School pool. All our students receive coaching support from Comet Swim School. In the middle terms, every junior class attends subsidised swimming lessons with Comet Swim School in the heated, under-cover, Elgin School pool. 


Te Wharau School recognises the benefit of teaching Mindfulness, where tamariki will learn and develop tools to help them when faced with anxiety and anger to help increase calmness in all sorts of situations in life.