Each and every child should leave this school reading at or above their chronological age and leave with mathematical skills that will enable them to have choice in their future education.
We know every child learns and thinks in different ways. We cater for difference within each and every classroom. Children with special needs and abilities are identified using a variety of criteria and appropriate measures are taken.
Students at Taupaki School receive specialist music instruction from New Entrants to Year Eight. There are also opportunities to be involved in our annual production or Arts festival.
Learning dispositions and thinking skills are at the forefront. We prepare the future generations by focussing on teaching children how to learn, how to think in a variety of ways and most importantly how to select which thinking strategy for the situation they are faced with.
We offer our students experiences in camping, skiing and trekking. In sport we offer diversity from Mini-Ball to Rippa-Rugby across all levels of the school.
Our teachers are encouraged to grasp the teachable moment, drawing on topics and events that happen to our children in our school and wider community.
Our purpose built technology facilities provide learning experiences in Food, Hard Materials & Design technology . Our students learn the correct processes in order to create a solution for an authentic need.
Serene grounds complete with age appropriate playgrounds, a large field and sand pit. We value space, both inside and out. Teachers and students have a great respect for our physical environment because they have taken a sustainable role in caring for it.
Leadership is a key feature of our school. Great leadership abounds in all areas from students to teachers. We have a wide range of leadership opportunities for students such as House Captains to Student Council, Librarian, Sports and Wet Day monitors.
At Taupaki School our core purpose is to nurture and inspire. We have a wonderful school that embraces difference, values excellence and provides opportunity for our learners to be all they can be.
Our school features:
Happy, secure and confident children
Passionate, dedicated teachers and staff
Excellent facilities in a serene environment
A supportive and caring community
Students who have a desire to learn
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Taupaki School has its beginnings in the 1870’s. A teacher from Hobsonville rode a horse over the hills and fields to conduct school for two days per week in the Pomona Hall. Then the railway came through Taupaki and children from the area caught the train to Woodhill in order to go to school full-time.
This usually involved a long walk and a slow train journey but the families put up with the inconvenience because education was seen to be important. This happened for 15 years until the number of school-aged children in the local area grew enough to warrant a school of our own.
An approach was made to the Auckland Education Board in 1896. Along with the approach, Mr William Aitken made an offer of land for a new school. The offer was accepted and Taupaki School was opened in 1899 with a roll of 22 taught by Miss Violet Johnson, the daughter of the owners of the Taupaki Store.
Our school and community have a rich history. Road names of the area reflect the names of the pioneering families, Amrein, Annandale, Cottle, Hunter, Nelson, Nixon, Hanham, Worrall and Cuthbert. The area has been milled for timber, prospected for gum, milled for flax and farmed.
The Waitakere Ranges and South Kaipara were the territory of the Te Kawerau-a-maki tribe. The Kawerau were often under attack from Ngati Whatua, the tribe that occupied the Auckland area. During one conflict Ngati Whatua were chasing the remainder of a Kawerau war party to the safety of the Waitakere Ranges. They stopped at Taupaki and peaceably agreed on a mutual boundary. This boundary was drawn from Taupaki out to the coast at Muriwai. The tribal boundary remained until European times, thus Taupaki means ‘the binding peace’. Taupaki was originally just north of Te henga, but the name was relocated to its present site.
The school has grown from its early beginnings to accommodate up to 280 children each year. We have eleven classrooms and three technology rooms, the later catering for the technology needs of the local schools at Year 7&8 level with 350+ children experiencing Taupaki technology each year. The school and the area has experienced prosperity and hardship, one thing that has remained constant is that education is important. From those parents who asked for a school in 1896 to the parents of today, they all have one thing in common – they were and are forward thinking.