Welcome to Te Kauwhata College

We hope that you find it interesting and informative. If you would like to know more, please feel free to call us or visit our school.

Our school is in an area of growth and we are growing our school, our values, our curriculum and, importantly, we are focused on the holistic growth of all of our students.  We are committed to preparing our students for the world ahead of them – a world that is, in many respects, quite different to that which their parents’ generation entered as school leavers.  We have a clear focus on the Key Competencies and, at the same time, adhere to traditional values of respect and consideration for others.

Recently we have adopted the acronym GROW to capture our core values.  The Growth of young people who are Respectful and resilient, who take Ownership of their Learning and actions; who recognise that our school is a Whanau, who Walk the talk, proceed with the confidence and understand that we are all here to grow together.  This concept supports our connection to the land through our local iwi and through the House system we have that identifies with the Kauri, Totara and Rimu trees.

Our curriculum is increasingly focused on creating pathways for our students and ensuring that opportunities are as broad as possible through contextualising and integrating as much of the learning experience as possible.

Our pastoral care processes align with the Well-Being in Schools programme, and culturally responsive and restorative practices are the basis for all we do.

A Te Kauwhata College our Values-based curriculum is supported by extensive Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC), and sporting and cultural opportunities as well.  We believe in holistic and inclusive education and we endeavour to ensure that our programmes reflect this.  A focus on meeting the needs and providing challenge for a diverse range of learners means that it is particularly important that we engage in meaningful connection with our whanau and community.

Moving ahead, we are working to develop wider and more effective learning networks by collaborating with our contributing schools.  The formation of a Kahui Ako – the North Waikato Community of Learning – To Tatou Tere Ako will enable a more seamless transition for our students and a natural expansion of whanau and community connections. 

A sense of whanau, of community and belonging, is a real strength of this College – one that we work hard to maintain.  We have an advantage over bigger schools in being able to know and, therefore, care for each other well.  It is important that you all feel a part of our community because success in school depends on that sense of belonging; on the strength and quality of the relationships between all parties – teachers, students, whanau and community – and on the willingness of all to participate and contribute.

Deborah Hohneck, Principal

Te Kauwhata College is a rural, multicultural co-educational Year 7 to 13 school with a roll of just under 500 students.

Our College has a reputation for delivering a quality education to its students. Our aim is to provide students with the skills and knowledge which will be a foundation for lifelong learning in a caring and supportive school.

Whether you are a current student or parent, or you are planning to join our school community soon, you will find plenty of information on this website about what is going on at our school.

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