Announcement : 

Waatea School School Newsletter Success is not the work of one but the work of many. Kia Ora e te whanau,  Welcome to the end of Week 3! It has been a very interesting week as we continue to navigate through a lot of sicknesses that are beginning to circulate through the community. It is important to remember to keep your children home if they are showing any signs of COVID-19 symptoms. This ensures that whatever is spreading is somewhat contained at school. There has been so far, a gastro bug (Stomach pains, vomiting & diarrhea) if your child has any of these symptoms they must stay at home for a minimum of 48hours. If your child has a temperature, cough, or sore throat, they must stay home and get tested. We are continuing to sanitize, clean, and have masks on hand for children to use if they choose to. We are wanting to remain open this term, and to do so we have to protect our tamariki and staff. We appreciate your support. Have a great weekend! Ngā mihi Whaea Zara Acting Principal Nau mai haere mai Whaea Kenya! Welcome to Waatea School Whaea Kenya! Whaea Kenya is the new kaiako for Rongomātane. She is originally from Te Tai Tokerau, and brings a passion for te reo Māori and te ao Māori. Her two pepi have also started at Waatea ECC. We are super excited to have her on board, and we look forward to seeing all the great things happen in Rongomātane! Check out some of the learning that is happening in the classes! Dayton and Hami were being the best tuakana and supporting the teina with their reading.  Emily and Josiah have been working hard on their letter identification in Ruaumoko   Rongomātane was creative and adapted basketball to suit our playing area. They showed great sportsmanship skills! Hip Hop Sessions started this week. Here Tāne Mahuta were enjoying the new dance moves they learnt from Matua Ray. Thanks to Counties Manukau Sports for organising hip hop coaches to come to Waatea School for the next 6 weeks. We are excited to share our final performance at the end of the term! Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying! Check out the photos from the day by heading over to our facebook page, or the photo albums published on the school’s website! Copyright © Waatea School 2022 Click here to unsubscribe. Powered by KiwiSchools 4.0 Call us on 0800 922 832 Email us at 31 Calthorp Close Favona M?angere Auckland 2024


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.