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Update of School Closures

24th March 2020|

Kia ora Whakamaru School Community

Whilst schools are closed for the 4 weeks announced by the Government, 2 of these weeks are considered school holidays. School holidays are being brought forward so that they are completed within this 4 week period. Holidays will now begin from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive (a reminder that the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for schools).

Our teachers have provided online learning which has been driven by Classdojo and provides opportunities to complete tasks set for individual students on Prodigy (Maths), Epic (Reading) & Studyladder to provide other areas of learning. Please be patient as our we continue to evolve our learning online and ask questions if you have any issues or questions around this format of learning. Thank you to all those who commented and connected to us today.

Today the Ministry of Education has launched Learning from home and Ki te Ao Mārama.  These are two new websites to support teachers, learners, parents and whānau so that learning for children and young people can continue. The websites include resources for parents and whānau, teachers and leaders. Resources span the learning pathway from early learning through to senior secondary, and more resources will be added as they’re developed. We encourage parents to use the resources provided on Classdojo but also have these Ministry websites that you could use independently alongside our school online learning.

The information and resources are available at and

If after the 14th of April, schools are still closed we will give further updates of learning from home and communication from the Ministry of Education.

Keep safe, be kind to one another and we hope to see you at school on the 15th of April 2020

Nga mihi nui


Nga mihi ki a koutou

Whakamaru School is a vibrant, lively and caring learning community where we celebrate learning and achieving together. The school caters for children from primary school years 1 to 8 and is situated on beautiful grounds, beside the Whakamaru Village. We are 10 minutes’ drive from Mangakino, 20 minutes from Tokoroa and 30 minutes from Taupo.

Our school engages 21st Century learners with quality Inquiry learning. Extensive digital technologies in every classroom expands student opportunities to participate in our global community.

We give our students a voice in their education so they feel positive about themselves and take ownership of their learning.  They are supported by a skilled, caring and hardworking team of professionals who set the tone with high expectations and who provide excellent student-centred learning opportunities.

Students, staff and whanau are supported by a dedicated Board of Trustees and a small but active PTA. We are proud of our links to our local community.

Parents and visitors are always welcome in our school and are encouraged to share in their child’s learning.

Thank you for taking time to find out more about Whakamaru School. We look forward to welcoming you and working alongside you and your child.

James White

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