Tai Tapu is one of the oldest primary schools in Canterbury and dates back to 1876. We are proud of a long tradition of country education, which combines the benefits of a rural position with all the opportunities of current educational practice. The school has twenty full and part time teachers and eight auxiliary staff, all dedicated to providing the best education possible for each individual and encouraging our learning community to live our school vision: "Opening Minds to Create the Future".
Our annual Pet's Show in November is a great example of continuing the best of our longstanding traditions and is a wonderful community day. Children bring many other creative examples of baking, sewing, craft and flower arrangements as well as their pets to enter.
Our children have many successes in academic, sporting and cultural competitions and are enthusiastic learners. We compete in a wide range of sporting exchanges where children participate with enthusiasm and great sportsmanship. At our school the Arts are also prominent and our choirs, musical groups, bands and orchestra allow many children to participate.
We accommodate special needs learners and gifted children in alternative programmes at the school. Each child is catered for in differentiated learning programmes in different curriculum areas. We are able to offer initial testing for learning disabilities. We are assisted by our highly trained and specialised teaching assistants. Currently the One Day School is operating from our site. This is funded by our Cluster of Local schools and caters for Year 2 to 8. This provides a unique opportunity for gifted and talented students to follow their interests and be inspired.
Digital Learning features strongly in our Innovative Learning Environments. We have had a BYOD policy in place for four years and our learners have many opportunities to use their own and our school devices to inquire, present and extend their learning. We use a wide range of apps and online programming to support a blended learning environment. This combined with the best of precise teaching and learning for individuals, groups and classes invites high levels of engagement and achievement.
After a significant building programme carried out over the last two years, our learning spaces are wonderful with every facility for collaborative teaching and learning. We have Koropepe - Year 7/8, Pikorua- Year 5/6, Porowhita-Year 3/4, Koru- Year 1/2. Teachers and students are loving the spaces which allow such innovative learning.
Our roll is growing and is over 270 at present.
Our families are actively involved in the school through the PTA , parent help in the classes, sports assistance and cultural events. Attendance at all school functions is always gratifying.
Our school grounds are excellent with good playing fields, adventure playgrounds and shaded tree areas for the summer. We have added value to the grounds with native plantings and the school vegetable garden.