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.


At Te Wharau School our goal is to create opportunities for students to learn through self motivation, creativity, inquiry and personal strengths. We maintain small class sizes to optimise learning in our modern classrooms. Te Wharau School is built on the principle of whanaungatanga (learning together). We have adopted an inquiry approach to teaching and learning and have developed a Te Wharau ALIVE Inquiry model (Ask, Locate, Inquire, View, Evaluate) to bring purpose and understanding to our learning.

We have a high focus on Literacy, Numeracy and PE. Our students participate in regular Performance, Technology and Sports Days, contribute to Art Displays and Science & Technology Fairs.

We create opportunities for our students to adapt positively to social and educational changes. Te Wharau School Action Week. We run specialist programmes catering for our Gifted and Talented and to support those with learning needs.


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 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.”


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.

Hei Akoranga | Hei Hiranga | Hei Oranga

For Learning | For Excellence | For Life