Student Life

Kāhore taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini We cannot succeed without the support of those around us

Pastoral Care

It is important to us that all students and staff feel safe, valued, cared for and respected as individuals. Our smaller size means that we will all know each other and our whānau.



Stacey Morrison

Year 7
Kia ora my name is Stacey Morrison. I am a local girl born and raised here in Kawerau. I have two children of my own. My son Zantay and daughter Xaelyn both attend local educational providers. I am currently a Year 7 Homeroom teacher in the junior area of the school and a Year 7 Dean. I look forward to the opportunities of working alongside students while working in this role. My focus will be building positive relationships with the students, their whanau and the wider community.

Marissa 2

Marissa Peters

Year 8 Dean
Kia ora ko Whaea Marissa tōku ingoa.
Ko taku mahi he whakaute i nga tamariki tau 8. Ko aku haepapa, he awhina i nga kaiako e whakaako ana i ngā tau 8, he tirotiro ki ngā ahuatanga ako, ngā piki me nga heke, te wananga tahi me nga tamariki e pai ai to rātou noho ki roto o ngā tau 8 i tēnei tau.


Jarrah Burns

Year 9 Dean


Sheree Tuhoro

Year 10
Nga mihi nui o te tau hou kia koutou katoa. Greetings to everyone for a prosperous new year. I wish to welcome all new and existing whānau to Tarawera High. Hi, my name is Sheree Tuhoro. As well as a Year 10 homeroom teacher, I am responsible for the guidance and monitoring of both pastoral care and academic achievement for this year group. With a team of passionate staff dedicated to raising educational achievements, this year will be another success. Mauri ora whanau.


Matt Metcalf
BA (Hons)

Year 11
Hi my name is Matt Metcalf, I am originally from England but have enjoyed working in Kawerau for the past 12 years. My roles this year include Yr11 Dean, Teacher of English and Principals Nominee.


Antony Pritchard
BA (Hons)

Year 12, & 13
Hi, my name is Antony Pritchard and I am one of the senior deans at Tarawera High School. I am a foundation staff member at Tarawera and continue to enjoy working the amazing students of Kawerau. I teach junior drama and physical education and am part of the senior performing arts academy team. I am also the forwards coach for the 1st XV and am an avid rugby supporter. I look forward to continuing to help students reach their academic and personal goals in their senior years at Tarawera High School.

teresa hoskins

Teresa Hoskins
BMusic Dip Tchg

eDean Year 11-13
Kia ora, my name is Teresa and I am responsible for students taking Volcanics this year through the virtual learning network. By taking volcanics, students have the opportunity to study subjects throughout New Zealand, subjects that may not be offered at Tarawera High School currently. It is my job to mentor and provide support to students taking these courses to enable them to succeed. I am also the music teacher at Tarawera.

We aim to ensure the wellbeing of our students in an inclusive school-wide culture that promotes meaningful relationships, care for the environment, oneself and others, unity and harmony.


Tarawera High School is enrolled in the Gifted and Talented Education Professional Learning and Development Programme for teachers and school leaders. 

We have developed a Teacher and  a Parent Student Referral Form so that identified students can be given the TKI Online Interview, and then be mentored through the development of a Personalised Learning Programme alongside their Whanau Teacher, GaTE co-ordinator and whanau. 

We are working towards building a network of interested parties to bring together the wider community and develop the ways in which school capability, local resources, e-learning and ICT can be supported for our many talented students in all the various learning realms.

Special Needs

The Specialist Learning Centre (Tomairangi Atawhai) caters for students with diverse needs, in a safe, specialised learning environment. 

The purpose built space allows for a range of learning activities and styles, to ensure that students receive teaching and learning that best suits their individual needs.  

Students also have the opportunity to access appropriate main school programmes, generally with teacher-aide support. 


One-on-one counselling is available for all students.  This can help students explore their thoughts, aspirations, start thinking about their future, consider obstacles, alternative pathways and provide encouragement as they seek to make manageable and realistic plans.  

Parents are welcome, and are encouraged, to be involved in this process.

Restorative Practices

Restorative practices are an integral part of Tarawera High Schools behaviour management system. It is a process that looks to repair relationships when there are issues or conflict between students and staff. It is a process that does not look to punish or assign blame. The process focuses on exploring the harm done, building understanding, putting things right and also planning a way forward. A restorative school builds resilience and teaches/models emotional intelligence so that high-end incidents are less likely to occur. 

Whanau involvement is vital and we will encourage and expect parents to be fully involved. When things continue to go wrong we draw on a wider range of support mechanisms to support the student.

Reflect – Repair – Reconnect