Te Ngahere


Kia ora we are Te Ngahere.  This year we are focusing on becoming independent learners, through self assessment and creating our own learning plans, with the support of Whaea Chrissy, Mrs Pou and Whaea Ronnie.  We are strongly focused on our values, the four Hoe; Manaakitanga, Whanaungatanga, Tu Maia and Kaha.  Please take the time to watch our learning journey this year, through our individual and class blogs.


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Parent Information Evening

The parent information evening will take place on Wednesday 30th November at 5.30pm in our whare.

We will discuss some exciting developments at Paihia School. As a result of the work we are doing with our cluster of schools, researchers Woolf Fisher, plus the findings of the Education Review Office, we are going to create a modern and innovative learning environment for our students. We have already started with the introduction of digital devices, Blogs and Sites. We are now planning to change how classrooms are set up in 2017.

We have some inspiring teachers who are going to take collective responsibility for some groups of children rather than individual classes. I should point out that our new entrant class will remain unaffected. This change is being driven by teachers. The benefits of this are teacher strengths and expertise can be utilised to benefit student learning. Additionally students can take more responsibility for their learning and will have increased opportunities to learn from each other.

There will be small changes to buildings to accommodate this as well. The Room numbers 0 – 8 at Paihia School will go. Each learning area will have its own name. The current furniture we have resembles the furniture from the 1900’s, especially the individual desks. We have ordered new furniture that will create an environment where children can work on the floor, at a high table on stools, individually, with a group or with the teacher. The learning environment will be colourful and creative.

We will put on a sausage sizzle. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Brigit Sharp – Teacher Aid

Hi Everybody!

First and foremost, thank you for allowing me to support your children with their learning.

My background has been in hospitality and in this diverse and broad industry, I have worked in various roles from Front Office to Restaurant service.  I was fortunate to be able to work alongside my family with our restaurant Nine in Paihia a few years ago.  The hours I worked, were well suited to raising my two children, Serradan and Brodi.  Serradan started at Paihia school in 1996 and Brodi in 2011.

I started here as a Teacher Aide in June 2015. To be able to guide/support our tamariki with their learning is a privilege.  To see a child grasp a new concept or understand what sound a letter makes from the alphabet is beyond joy!  I witness ‘light bulb’ moments everyday.

I am surrounded with a wealth of knowledge and aroha amongst all my peers.

Ki te kore nga putake e makukungia, e kore te rakau e tupu

If the roots of a tree are not watered, the tree will never grow

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Links for Parents

Did you know that we are working on a page specifically set up for parents?  This page will provide links to various websites for you to assist with your children’s learning.  These may be sites the children are already familiar with or they may be teaching sites, aimed at explaining to you, what and how your child is learning.

This will be regular updates with new sites, worksheets and useful games for your kids to take a look at.

Take a look via the “Classrooms & Staff” menu or click here.

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