Te Whenua - Our Place

Kua hōhonu ki te whenua ngā pakiaka o te rākau e kore e taea te huhuti
The roots of the tree are deep into the ground and cannot be pulled out

In 2016 the Oakura School’s 150th Jubilee (1866-2016) was held, celebrating 150 years of education in Oakura. Oakura School started in 1866, operating out of a private residence, until in 1880 the first school buildings were built on the current site. In those early years there were two nearby schools, Koru and Kirihau. Koru School was established in 1880 and Kirihau School in 1924. Both schools existed to support families of the local timber mill workers and local farmers. As these mills closed, Kirihau School amalgamated with Koru School in 1934, with seven students transferring. Then in 1939 the twenty students at Koru School joined with Oakura School.
Today Oakura School is a vibrant well-resourced school situated 12 km from New Plymouth city in the popular beach location of Oakura. It is a full-primary (5-13yr olds) with approximately 360 pupils spread across fifteen classrooms. The majority of the children live in Oakura Village with a few children travelling from rural areas by bus.

School programmes are closely related to the environment and local places of significance. Our Maunga, Mt Taranaki, is visible from our school grounds, with our school situated at the base of the Kaitake Ranges. Our local marae is the Okorotua Marae at Oakura Pa and our hapu is Ngāti Tairi. Our river is the Oakura-Matapu River and the Matekai Stream borders our school property. We have four school houses: Patuha, Koru, Wairau and Matekai – all named after places of significance in our community. 

Our pupils proudly take part in many environmental projects within our community. For example: beach clean-up day, spinifex planting on the beach, planting in native bush areas, stream monitoring, planting and nurturing native plants in our plant propagation unit and Enviro Centre and taking part in inquiries supported by local environmental groups.

Our students have an active lifestyle. Many students are fully involved in skiing and water sports, such as surf life saving, body boarding and surfing. Most of the children are members of the Oakura Junior Sports Club. This club offers a wide range of sports including cricket, soccer, netball, hockey, basketball, mini-ball and tennis. Oakura School plays a significant role in providing a social meeting place and community facilities such as the School/Community Library, the Oakura Junior Sports Club and the tennis courts.

Our Vision

Kia ākona te manako me te manaaki
Oakura School students
learn to think
and learn to care,

in a learning community which prepares them
for a successful future.

Our Values

We encourage and model the values, principles and intent of the New Zealand Curriculum with special emphasis on:

Pono - Honesty

Be truthful, responsible and accountable for our actions

Whakaaro pai - Respect

Value ourselves, other people and the environment

Manawanui - Perseverance

Aim high, take risks and persevere in the face of challenges

These are the values that will underpin all our programmes. They are all about learning to make the best choices in any situation. With the support of the home we aim to develop future citizens who will make positive contributions to society.

Cultural Diversity

When developing policies and practices for Oakura School every endeavour will be made to reflect New Zealand’s cultural diversity including the unique position of Māori.

The Board takes all reasonable steps to provide instruction in Tikanga Māori (Māori culture) and Te Reo (the Māori language) for students. If a parent requests programmes to be taken fully in Māori, the Principal will refer to the Resource Teacher of Māori for advice and assistance and discuss with the parents the ways the school currently involves Te Reo and Tikanga Māori in our school programmes.

The achievement of all students will be monitored closely and trends within identified cultural groups will be analysed and changes made to teaching and learning programmes to reflect identified needs.

Supporting Documentation

Annual Plan
Student achievement targets
5 year Property Plan
10 year Maintenance Plan
Professional Development Plan
Self Review Plan
Annual Budget
School Curriculum Programme
School Policies – NAGs

Procedural Information

Oakura School will lodge a copy of its annually updated Charter and the Annual Report to the Ministry of Education by 1 March each year. The Charter will include the school’s annually updated targets for improvement.

Oakura School will consult with its community regularly as part of its self-review cycle. Our Māori community are consulted with, and reported to, on a regular basis. Consultation and communication to the community is carried out in the form of questionnaires to parents and pupils, discussions at BOT meetings and Home and School meetings, newsletters, staff meetings, pupils’ homework tasks and parent information evenings. The results are compiled and the needs of the community prioritised and used to establish the school charter.

Targets for student achievement will be identified by:

  • Analysis of school wide assessment data
  • Information gathered from staff meetings and Overall Teacher Judgements
  • National priorities

2020-2022 Strategic Goals

   Goal 1: To have a ‘Learning to Care’ Culture - caring for ourselves, others and the environment

(Link to Learner Profile – Manaakitanga)

  1. Provide a safe physical environment for the school community
  2. Continue to grow a positive, caring culture across the school community (respect for self and others)
  3. Maintain a welcoming, inclusive culture
  4. Nurture a respect for the environment, both locally and globally.
  5. Promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle
  6. Nurture and enhance the relationships between all our students
  7. Provide an environment that attracts and retains quality staff

   Goal 2: To ensure students achieve their personal best across all aspects of their learning

(Link to Learner Profile – Maia, Auaha)

  1. Focus on the development of strong foundation skills (literacy and numeracy)
  2. Deliver a rich, learner focussed curriculum
  3. Assessment tools are used effectively to support improvement in student outcomes
  4. Encourage and provide opportunities to develop and express creativity
  5. Success is valued and celebrated
  6. Strengthen the partnership between home and school
  7. Provide effective teaching and learning strategies through reflective practice

   Goal 3: To support all students to become active, empowered learners

(Link to Learner Profile – Ako, Manawaroa)

  1. Promote ako (flexible learning relationships) across the school community
  2. Provide authentic contexts for learning
  3. Maximise the use of our local environment and community
  4. Within the contexts for learning, develop the dispositions from the school learner profile: manaakitanga - inclusive, manawaroa - resilient, auaha - innovative, maia - confident 
  5. Develop a future focussed curriculum

   Goal 4: To support students as global citizens by strengthening connections between the school, community and the wider world

(Link to Learner Profile – Ko ngā kirirarau o te ao whānui)

  1. Develop a strong sense of identity 
  2. Develop our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi
  3. Empower students to believe they can make a difference
  4. Celebrate and develop an appreciation of the cultural diversity within our school community
  5. Develop an understanding of, and sense of responsibility for, global issues
  6. Develop effective, safe and responsible participants in online environments