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A Word from our School Leaders

Welcome to our Maungatapu School website. Maungatapu School is a medium sized urban school located on the Maungatapu peninsula with a roll in the range of 500-570 students.

Kia Ora

Sue Horne Principal Maungatapu School

It is my privilege to be Principal of Maungatapu School, a role I have enjoyed since 2003. I feel I know the school and the community very well, having taught here since 1993, when I took up the position as Deputy Principal. I have been in the teaching profession since 1976. I have taught at all class levels from new entrants to Year 8 and have held a number of leadership positions in schools, including some specialist work supporting pupils and families with additional needs.

Maungatapu School has a great community feel about it, a characteristic that has always been significantly evident to many families and staff members who have had an association with our school over the years. These days, I experience quite a thrill when a former pupil makes an appointment to enrol their own child, continuing to maintain an enduring community connection.

During my time at Maungatapu School, I have seen many changes in the physical layout of the school determined by pupil roll growth, which has increased greatly during the last five years. Our most recent project development has been the construction of a new dual teaching block to accommodate our growing pupil numbers. Another significant aspect of growth has been the extension of the number of classes within Te Puwhaariki Rumaki to cater for the growing number of tamariki whose families have chosen to enrol them within a full Maori immersion learning and teaching programme.

I look forward to meeting all families and whanau of tamariki who join our diverse and friendly school.

Noho ora mai

Sue Horne, Principal

Kia ora Koutou

Sandra Portegys Deputy Principal Maungatapu SchoolMy name is Sandra Portegys and I am the Deputy Principal of Maungatapu School. I came to Maungatapu School at the beginning of 2013. I have worked in a variety of schools in Tauranga and Rotorua during my career. I have taught all levels in the Primary sector (New Entrants to Year 8) and held a variety of positions including classroom teacher, team leader, SENCo, Deputy Principal, RTLB Cluster Manager and Principal.

I have a passion for education and believe that all children have the ability to progress their learning, and this can look different for each child.

My current role includes supporting the pastoral care for students and leading learning in the school. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about your child’s learning at Maungatapu School

Noho ora mai

Sandra Portegys, Deputy Principal

Kia ora Koutou

Hine Anderson Pouarataki Maungatapu SchoolKo Maungapohatu te maunga,
Ko Ohinemataroa te awa,
Ko Te Paenga te marae,
Ko Ngati Tawhaki, Tamakaimoana, Ngati Kuri oku hapu,
Ko Tuhoe te iwi,
Ko Hine Anderson ahau.

Nga mihi manahau ki te haukainga o Maungatapu, he honore tenei moku ki te noho ki waenga o koutou, ki te tiaki, ki te ako i wa koutou tamariki mokopuna hoki.
Ko au te Pouarataki i roto o Te Puwhaariki o te kura o Maungatapu.
Tihei Mauri Ora!

Warm greetings to the iwi of Maungatapu, it is an honour for me to live amongst you, to teach and take care of the children in Te Puwhaariki of Maungatapu School. I am the Pouarataki of Te Puwhaariki, the total immersion unit of our school. I have been teaching in many roles for 20+ years in mainstream, kura kaupapa as well as designated character schools. I enjoy hiking, gardening, reading, weaving korowai, watching and participating in kapa haka for my home groups in Ruatahuna. I am married to Adam Anderson of Ngati Manawa and Te Whanau a Apanui, and we have five children and nine grandchildren.

Hine Anderson, Pouarataki