Te Whanau Akoranga O Rakaihautu

We recognise that all members of our community are part of learning family, whether they be parents, grandparents, babies or teenagers.
Our whanau akoranga incorporates everyone involved in the learning journey of our tamariki, from newborns to school leavers and beyond.
We see ourselves as part of the same family, a family of learners celebrating everything that is so unique to us – our environment, our culture and our history.

We are using our centres of learning on Banks Peninsula to build on this sense of whanau akoranga

Our Learning Centres

Akaroa Area School caters for students from Year 1 to Year 13. We are committed to catering for the needs of our students in a positive, supportive and caring learning environment. Our small class sizes and wonderful facilities help us to provide courses to suit each individual, our goal being that all our students reach their full potential and achieve personal excellence while here, and that they take with them a desire to continue learning throughout their lives.

Our values are embedded in everything we do. These are:

Respect   I   Whakaute   I   Integrity   I   Ngakau Tapatahi   I   Perseverance   I   Hiringa   I   Pride   I   Whakahi

We value our close relationship with the local runanga and consider ourselves as part of the Onuku Marae whanau. At Akaroa students are supported to be successful and make positive progress in their learning. They benefit from the guidance of many passionate and committed teachers who have a strong desire to see them achieve.

To visit the school web site please go here…

Akaroa Area School - boating
Learning safe boating skills on Akaroa Harbour.

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Akaroa Playcentre - building
Having fun making at Akaroa Playcentre.

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Banks Peninsula Community Plunket Preschool - learning through play
Learning through play at Banks Peninsula Community Plunket Preschool.

Duvauchelle Primary School is a small, rural, decile 6 contributing State Primary School catering for students from Year 0-Year 6. Our school was established in 1860. It was initially part of a Church School built in the Bay.

Our school is a safe, positive learning environment that operates in accordance with the Treaty of Waitangi. We build on trusting relationships between staff, children, families and BOT.

We celebrate our community where tolerance and acceptance of diversity is embraced. We value quality education within a caring environment. We are an Enviro-school and operate in environmentally sustainable ways.

We are committed to providing an education for our students which encourages achievement & self-esteem, fosters a co-operative spirit & celebrates diversity & inclusiveness, so that our students develop the knowledge, skills & values necessary to face the challenges of their futures & to participate in a multi-cultural & ethnically diverse society.

To visit the school web site please go here…

Duvauchelle School - out people
Here is the team at Duvauchelle School.

Okains Bay School was established in 1872 and has always played a very significant part in the life of the community at Okains Bay.

To visit the school web site please go here…

Okains Bay School
Looking from the playground at Okains Bay School.

Helping to grow happy, confident children who reach their potential, in our caring and supportive rural environment. Little River Playcentre is run by a group of parents/whanau who work cooperatively in all aspects of running the Centre. We offer a flexible and supportive service to meet the needs of our community. Ours is the only early childhood education service in Little River.

The strands and principles of Te Whariki, the national early childhood curriculum, are embedded in all aspects of the children’s learning/play, as evidenced in the children’s profile books and on the walls of our Centre.

Our Centre believes in the tuakana/teina philosophy of learning, whereby the careful planning of activities that are useful across age ranges result in reciprocal learning and strengthened relationships.

We are open three mornings per week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:15-11.45am.

Little River School is a co-educational state, full primary school catering for students from Year 1-8. Many of the children come on one of the two bus routes. The school attracts its pupils from geographically isolated valleys within a radius of half an hour’s travelling of Little River including Birdling’s Flat, Te Oka, Okuti Valley, Cooptown, Puaha Valley and Western Valley. Nearly 50% of the children travel daily by school bus. These areas offer small/large farm, lifestyle and township living opportunities in a clean and healthy country environment.

The school has continued to develop strong links with the community. Maintaining a positive school culture is seen to be very important so that all children will meet with success in a safe physical and emotional environment.

Our school motto is “Stand Tall”. We have a vision that all our children will leave Little River School proud and confident of who they are. Confident because they have the academic skills to choose what they want to do, and confident in their relationships with people so they can adjust to any situation.

Little River School is a great place to be. All children get an excellent grounding at our school which enables them to meet with success and develop skills needed for life long learning.

To visit the school web site please go here…

Akaroa Playcentre - beach