Haere mai ki te Kura o Maungatapu

Our School Charter

A charter sets the direction for the school and identifies the priorities the board expects the principal to be leading.   It is a key-planning document including strategic aims and annual plans.

A Partnership Document

Students, Teaching Team, Community & Ministry of Education


Maungatapu School will guide our learners to draw strength, knowledge and identity from our history, our land and our people.

Mission Statement

He tauira whakapakari nō Te Ao Tūroa
Our environment nurtures our learners

Our Charter

Our Charter is a ‘partnership’ document. Together, students, teaching team, community, Ministry of Education and support agencies have worked to produce this strategic document that sets clear goals for improving student achievement” and meets the mandatory government initiatives. Our Charter sets the future direction for our school. We see it as a “living document” able to be adapted and changed as required. It backgrounds our shared values and beliefs and the meaning behind our vision, not only for the students but for the school as a whole.

Core Beliefs – Working towards “Our Vision”

Maungatapu School is a working partnership of students, teaching team, Community and Ministry of Education.

Together we will:

  • Provide a solid foundation for learning, a balanced curriculum delivery and a supportive learning environment to meet the needs, interests and abilities of all students.
  • Preserve the open space nature of our attractive location, maintaining the key components of a safe and healthy environment.
  • Encourage high expectations in social behaviour, academic, cultural and sporting achievement, instilling in pupils the importance of taking responsibility for their learning and actions.
  • Maintain a friendly and welcoming environment that acknowledges the tangata whenua relationships with the school, and the school’s bi lingual history.
  • Provide opportunities for communication, consultation, celebration and acknowledgement of pupil achievement with care givers and the community.

School & Community

Maungatapu School is a decile 5 contributing primary school, serving the educational needs of the children of the greater local community – which includes both rural and residential areas. The school has a roll range of 500 to 585 pupils. The children come from a wide range of socio economic home backgrounds and parent involvement and interest in the school is a community strength.

Maungatapu School acknowledges the cultural diversity of local and national society. The Maungatapu peninsula is steeped in Maori history. There are two local maraes and Maori children comprise 49% of the total roll. Maungatapu School recognises the unique position of Maori within New Zealand society, and is privileged to offer families the option of enrolling their children in the school’s full immersion whanau classrooms, providing them with experience and understanding of Maori cultural traditions, te reo Maori, local and National history. The school is also very welcoming of pupils from other cultures, offering access to personnel and specialised assistance to support their participation in mainstream classroom programmes.

Management’s commitment to providing the highest quality education opportunities for its students is reflected in the attention to professional development programmes for its teaching team members. This has resulted in the very proud and positive ‘collaborative culture’ within the school & community which is represented by high quality, committed, loyal and long serving team members of Maungatapu school.

Core Values

Honesty – Pono
Respect – Whakamana
Courage – Kaha

Graduate Profile


Ahureatanga:          He tina ki runga, he tāmore ki raro

Identity:                   Knowing and appreciating my culture, your culture, our culture


Ako:                        Ko te puawaitanga tēnei o ngā tauira

Learning:               Together we apply skills and knowledge learned in our everyday life


Whanaungatanga:   Hutia te rito o te harakeke, kei hea te kōmako, e kō?

Kī mai ki ahau; he aha te mea nui o te ao?
Māku e kī atu, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata

Partnerships:           Connecting people, place and knowledge


Tamaiti o te Ao:       Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere. Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao

Global Citizenship:   We have an understanding of the wider world and our place in it