Marewa School has a great deal to offer. These principles are an important part of ensuring we meet the needs of 21st century learners.
Class sizes In order to cater for individual learning needs, the classes at Marewa School are kept as small as our roll allows.
Numeracy and Literacy Programmes such as Tape Assisted Reading are run by trained Teacher Aides. The Quick 60 program is run by Mrs Pauline Mitchell who works with selected six to seven year olds who are having difficulty in reading. A specialist maths teacher is also employed to assist students. We are fortunate to have a well stocked library that the students are able to borrow books from. Every class has a library time and it is also open during lunchtimes.
Strong Support Programmes We have a range of support programmes in place funded by the BOT. Each class has a teacher aide for the crucial numeracy and literacy time.
Sporting and Culture Our school Sasa group is usually formed in Term 4 so that it can perform in our annual cushion concert at the end of the year. The choir is usually formed for a term at a time and performs at various school events. Senior school pupils take part on soccer, rugby, netball, cross country, softball and hockey during our school programme. We take the opportunity to be part of any local interschool fixtures and a range of sports are offered out of school hours.
Enviro School An important part of Marewa School is our Enviro schools accreditation. Each class has a raised garden bed to look after and we have a range of fruit trees which are nearly ready to produce. On top of this we have seven school hens which lay free range eggs for purchase through the office.
Personal Excellence At Marewa School, we strive for excellence in both our behaviour and work habits. The children are encouraged to do their best, be their best and share their best.
Te Reo Each class receives 30 minutes of Te Reo instruction time a week as well as opportunities to be involved in school Kapa Haka. The senior Kapa Haka group attend the Ngati Kahungunu festival late in Term 3. In addtion to this we also operate a bilingual roon one day a week for selected students.
Well Resourced Marewa School is continuing to develop our access to technology. This is primarily through the use of iPads. In addition to these, there is an interactive TV and computer access in every classroom. In the Year 5 & 6 rooms there is one device to two students. We are excited about the opportunties that technology provides.
Duffy Books in Homes Our school is part of the Books in Homes Programme. The scheme aims to promote reading in the homes of our pupils. We are generously sponsored by the Altrusa Club of Napier and Taradale so that during the year all pupils get about five books to take home to keep.
Transition Class and Kick Start Programme In order for our students to get the best possible start to their schooling, we have programmes put in place to help them with this transition. We encourage school visits on Wednesdays mornings but these can be arranged at any time.
Community Connections We firmly believe in working in partnership with parents. This might be at formal times such as interviews but throughout the year as well with a wide range of opportunities available. Keep an eye out for invitations to attend events from your child's class teacher. We pride ourselves on being whanau focussed and we love having families involved in a range of ways. Our family fun night and tabloid days are great opportunities to get involved.
We have an active whanau school supporters group who help fundraise and run events for our community. Please enquire a the office for contact details.