Our Learning Spaces
Waitaha Base School
Te Tupu Harakeke - Primary School satellite at Knights Stream School
Ta Pā Harakeke - Primary School satellite at West Rolleston School
Te Rito Harakeke - Secondary School satellite at Rolleston College
Base Learning Spaces
He Kākano - Heather Target, Suzie Kerr, & Grace Infantado
Rātā - Mariska Hendrik & Karen Millar
Rata is a class of Waitaha superheroes that are in Yrs 2-4. We have seven students that are taught and supported by two teachers and two learning assistants. Our days are busy, full and fun. We follow a structured literacy programme to support literacy learning with our students in the mornings - along with numeracy, PMP and interoception. In the afternoons we enjoy exploring art, PE, music, science and other curriculum areas. Sensory activities are woven throughout our lessons and our day to awaken and support whole body learning. We follow visual schedules to support our learners and encourage growing independence across all areas. Our focus is making learning fun whilst using clear expectations, lots of praise and ensuring the needs of each individual student are well met. Rata is a great place to be and to learn!
Kōwhai - Wendy Blackmun, Jen Low, Pania Robertson
Kahikatea - Lauren Kleiss, Brian Johnson & Madi Merry
Kahikatea is a vibrant, busy, but structured learning space for senior students from ages 13 to 18. We focus on preparing students to transition into Waitech and the Community Hub classes with a focus on building essential life skills and engaging in activities in and around our community. We cover topics such as food preparation, interoception, communication, life as a young adult, and physical life skills. Kahikatea fosters it’s students to grow into the young man or woman they choose to be, by supporting them in their passions and interests, using critical thinking skills, making positive choices, and understanding what it means to be a good citizen. In fostering their passions and interests we then start to look how this can be adapted into real life work experiences for when they progress through to waitech and the community hub. We provide a range of extra curricular activities, such as swimming, Duke of Edinburgh, community outings and sports at the Selwyn Sports Centre. Kahikatea’s doors are always open for you to come and check us out.
Waitech - Lisa Crawford, Naomi Williamson, Stephanie Faulks, Arlene Buenavisa, Kim Strange, & Jess Love
Satellite Learning Spaces
Te Tupu Harakeke - Shelley James, Ella Pountney, Kirsty Burlinson & Dani Henwood
Te Pā Harakeke - Kendra Horne, Bettina Yap-Chung, Sean Kiely & Stephanie Paris
Te Pā Harakeke is an open learning space located at West Rolleston School. Waitaha school has worked in collaboration with West Rolleston since its opening in 2016 to create a learning space that nurtures and supports our young learners. This Satellite can hold up to 17 students from years 1-8 who work alongside a team of specialist teachers and full time learning assistants to support them to engage in our day-to-day learning programmes. Students are given a range of opportunities at West Rolleston School to promote inclusion within mainstream experiences. This includes extended curriculum learning and whole school events.
Te Rito Harakeke - Reana Instone, Kate Moran, Jodie Nakat
Te Rito Harakeke is an open learning space located centrally within Rolleston College. Te Rito Harakeke is a unique space in that it fosters a close relationship with its host school, Rolleston College. Students are given every possible opportunity that we can facilitate, to emerge in mainstream experiences. This includes extended curriculum learning and whole school events.