Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to send my tamariki to Kura?
At our Kura, we have no school fees! However, there are some costs for things like school trips, daily pick-ups/drop-offs and activities.
I don’t have a car, can you pick up my tamariki?
We have a kura van and some routes are available. Please contact the main office on 0800 922 832 for further details or check out more information on our transport page.
Do you give free lunches?
Waatea School is signed up through the Ministry program of providing free lunches to all of our tamariki. We are teamed up with Getfed, and they provide a range of kai even hot lunches most weeks. We ask that whanau support this important kaupapa. A healthy eating policy is given to whanau to fill and complete prior to tamariki starting at Waatea School.
What time does Kura start?
Monday to Friday, 8:50am-3:00pm.
Do you only teach in Māori?
Kāore, we’re a bilingual Kura so we teach both languages, using both English and te reo Māori.
What is kaupapa Māori?
Our Kura is built on the principles of kaupapa Māori and we embed this within our tamariki through a range of practices (tikanga) and knowledge.
What is ‘Steiner’ and how does it fit in with the Kura?
Steiner is a world-renowned approach to education that focuses on the development of the whole child; mind, body and soul. We incorporate specific aspects of Steiner education which align with our kaupapa Māori approach to enhance learning outcomes.
What’s different about Te Kura Māori o Waatea?
We are a marae-based Kura. We incorporate Tuakana/Teina relationships into our daily teachings. We offer a unique learning environment where Steiner philosophies are interwoven into Kaupapa Māori models of discovery and learning, based around a child’s development.
What is a Kura Hourua (Partnership School)?
A kura hourua is a new type of school the Ministry of Education has launched to attract new and innovative approaches to education. Te Kura Māori o Waatea is one of less than 10 kura hourua currently operating in Aotearoa.