Language Learning

Students in the senior school experience language learning weekly with a specialist Spanish teacher. These lessons provide a  wonderful opportunity for students to learn the beginner Spanish and gain an understanding for Spanish and South American culture. The senior school language learning experiences sets up our year 8 students well to take up languages in the High School setting.

Te Reo Maori is used in every classroom for instructions and the language is taught progressively throughout the years at school. The goal is for Year 8 students to move into high school with a strong grasp on the basics of Te Reo and tikanga.


Leadership is a key feature of our school. Great leadership flourishes in all areas from students to teachers. We have a wide range of leadership opportunities for students such as House Captains to Student Council, Librarians, and Sports and Wet Day monitors.

Tuakana / Teina: 

It is important for us at Taupaki to allow students to learn from one another. Tuakana-teina is a concept from te ao Māori and refers to the relationship between an older (tuakana) person and a younger (teina) person. Many opportunities exist throughout the year for the older students to guide our younger students - reading, sports, events.

Future Problem Solving

Students needing extension across all areas of the curriculum can engage in our future problem solving group. This group takes students through a series of challenges and develops critical thinking skills.

Chess Club

Our Chess Club has grown so much and we have students from all areas of our school interested in playing chess. The club meets together twice a week during lunchtimes. 

All ages, all levels, all welcome.

Garden Club

Garden Club meets on Thursday's at lunchtime (weather permitting). The club looks after our school's beautiful vegetable and herb gardens. This time spent in nature, living and learning about gardening is a highlight of the week for many students.