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.
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 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.