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Tuahiwi School is situated in a rural mārae village 28 kilometres north of Christchurch and close to Woodend, Rangiora and Kaiapoi.  The first government supported school opened in 1863 as a Mission School, and in 2013 we celebrated our 150th Jubilee.

We have over 100 tamariki and 6 classes: three Māori medium and three English medium.  Most of our tamariki are Māori, and most whakapapa to our local Ngāi Tūāhuriri hāpū.  We are fortunate to have the local mārae close by, as part of our learning environment.

Tuahiwi School is committed to the revitalisation and retention of Te Reo Māori and Mau ki Te Ako (Ngāi Tahu Education Plan).  All tamariki at our kura learn Te Reo Māori and we provide a choice of reo level.

In English medium classes, tamariki follow the New Zealand curriculum with literacy and mathematics being taught in English.  Teachers use Te Reo Māori and teach this with a focus on listening and speaking.

In Māori medium classes, tamariki learn in Māori contexts following Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.  Literacy and Mathematics are taught in Te Reo Māori.  As tamariki progress in Reo, Te Reo Pakeha will be introduced, however not assessed against National Standards.

A small number of our tamariki reside in Tuahiwi, while the majority travel to us from other areas of North Canterbury, and some from Christchurch.  There is no bus service, however a travel grant is available for whānau choosing to transport their tamariki to a Māori Medium class.

We appreciate a close relationship with both our on-site Tuahiwi Community Preschool, and Honeybeez in Kaiapoi.  For secondary school education most tamariki attend Kaiapoi High School, some Rangiora High School or a school in Christchurch.

Our BOT is currently investigating both early childhood and secondary school options, which could provide a high level of Te Reo Māori learning.

Our school community is committed to "walking the talk" of Ngā Uara o Te Kura (School Values).  We follow restorative practice, with a focus on nurturing positive relationships amongst tamariki, whānau and kaiako.

Hui with whānau are scheduled each term to engage, consult and share aspects of our teaching and learning.  In 2017 we are also planning to have some more informal times for whānau to meet and extend connections and our sense of belonging to Tuahiwi School.