Our School and Community
Maungakaramea School is a Year 0 – 8 school which has been functioning in the community since 1875. It is a U2 school with a staff of 6 teachers, one principal, one teacher aide, one administration officer, one cleaner and one caretaker. The school’s decile rating is 5.
The present school buildings are composed of a three-classroom block with an office, reception, stationery room, teachers prep room, staff room, principal’s office, staff toilet/shower and two sets of cloakrooms and toilets for boys and girls. The fourth and fifth classrooms are situated to the right of the path as you enter the school. We have an outdoor learning area which provides an opportunity for our students to learn in a shaded, natural space outside the class. This space is also used for playtime activities and by the wider community as a recreational area. There is also a separate library/multi-purpose room, as well as a combination resource room and art shed. We also have storage shed (sports gear) adjoined to the swimming pool changing rooms. A prefab building is currently used as a place for OSCAR – our after school care programme.
The school is situated on a flat, well-drained, 1.42-hectare block of volcanic land. The grassed area is used for winter and summer sports activities as well as physical education and free play. There is also a turf multi sport court area, a swimming pool, and two barked playgrounds. Lawn areas are attractively arranged with established trees, shrubs and planted gardens. A feature is the old puriri tree (monkey tree) that generations of Maungakaramea School pupils have played on.
Maungakaramea School works collaboratively with the community in order to provide rich learning experiences. Families are also consulted on a regular basis on school strategic policy as their feedback is viewed as a vital component. The school embraces the Inquiry Learning philosophy with focus on providing higher order thinking skills for children, with staff working in a collegial and professional manner. We are also integrating the use of ICT throughout all classroom programmes and developing student voice whereby all students take an active role in their own learning. The school begins professional development during this year in Accelerated Literacy Learning (ALL), and Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L). These areas will support our students to ensure that necessary skills are taught.
Maungakaramea School’s community is the rural village of Maungakaramea, 23 km southwest of Whangarei, and in the surrounding Mid-Western district.
Maungakaramea is the centre of a farming, agricultural and horticultural farming community. The village has comprehensive sporting facilities, a social hall, retirement village, saleyards, three churches, a playcentre, service station/shop/postal delivery centre and a number of active voluntary organisations.
To foster community involvement, fortnightly newsletters, open days, annual concerts, prize-givings, calf club events, working bees, festivals of learning and community BBQs are used. The families contributing pupils to the school reflect social patterns that are changing as more local land is subdivided into small blocks and sections.
The churches, playcentre, sports clubs and other local schools play a big part to enhance our children’s learning. Community expectations of the school include a wide range of educational, social, sporting, cultural and vocational goals.