“Quality, modern equipment, resources and environments for 21st century learning"
Flexible Learning Environments
Tahatai Coast School has excellent purpose built facilities to ensure that your children's education is the best it can be. Our modern learning spaces have been designed with collaboration in mind but are also flexible, allowing us to close off spaces if this better meets the needs of our students at the time. This means our learning is not designed around the space but rather the space can fit around the learning and needs of the students.
The school provides support and assistance for children with both remedial and extension needs. Trained teachers work with individuals or small groups. The school supports this through the provision of spaces such as:
- The Reading Recovery Room
- Break out learning spaces for small groups - located throughout the school.
- Special needs facility (known as the Koru space) is equipped with three separate learning spaces, comprehensive storage, laundry, toilet and shower room.
We are very fortunate to have a large school hall purpose built with a stage, toilets and kitchen. The school hall is used daily for lunchtime electives and weekly for either whānau or whole school assemblies. The digital audio and visual equipment, along with our production lighting system means it is often used for fitness, productions, learning workshops, art classes and cultural group practices. The hall also hosts parent information evenings, school discos, and community group meetings. The hall is often hired out to community groups at an agreed fee. If you were wanting to find out more about hiring the school hall please contact the school 5724600 or email [email protected]
After-school Care - Kids’ Club
Kids’ Club is owned and operated by Trish Thomas and has an excellent reputation with the Tahatai Coast School community. Kids’ Club is an after school care facility located between the Tower Block and the school field, operating daily from 2:30-5:30pm. Kids’ Club is Oscar and WINZ registered.
Kids’ Club provides a quality programme in safe and fun surroundings. The friendly staff are passionate about working with children and the programme focuses are around art and crafts, creative play and cooking, as well as structured “free time” after a busy day a school. It gives the children the opportunity to extend their learning outside of the school classroom. Kids’ Club also provides an exciting school holiday programme.
Should you are interested in enrolling your child or require more information, please contact Trish Thomas on 027 4937242, or simply pop in to see the programmes in action.
The boardroom is located next to the school office and is regularly used to host various meetings, learning support lessons, or as a teacher workspace. The boardroom has a large table with 8 chairs and can be booked through calling the school office 5724600.
Grounds and Playground Spaces
The school offers extensive sporting spaces including:
- Large open fields with soccer and rugby posts
- Full sized sand beach volley court
- Asphalt courts - x3 netball and x1 basketball x 2 tennis courts
- Concrete art for foursquare, hopscotch and other creative games
- Two large adventure playgrounds plus a separate roped climbing frame (known as the rocket)
- Astroturf court - marked for various sports
- A large outdoor stage - located next to the field
- Outdoor shade sail system and decked seating areas for students to eat lunch, relax or work collaboratively on learning tasks.
- Orchard and vegetable gardens
Library and Reading Books
The school library holds a comprehensive and up to date collection of books that the children use for pleasure and research. Each class is timetabled to use the library at least once a week.
Students take reading books home each night. Once students are reading independently and fluently, they are able to make choices for themselves about reading material. We try to offer a wide range of reading choices for students, and our libraries, both school and community, are wonderful resources for encouraging a lifelong interest in reading.
In order to foster independence and promote the use of libraries, we use school library books rather than school readers, as home reading material for our more able readers.
Students from the Junior School take home books daily. Middle and senior students have access to independent kit boxes during class times, but these may be replaced by library books as home readers.