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Together, we reach for the stars


Passionate, Engaged, Lifelong Learners

Our children learn and thrive in a positive, kind and creative environment.

Principal's Welcome

Kiā Ora!

Welcome to the wonderful place that is Mākara Model School. We are privileged to be situated in the idyllic coastal, semi-rural paradise, surrounded by native wild-life and flora, which we have strong connections to - our Kaitikitanga responsibilities are something we value dearly.

We have four classrooms (including a brand new build and the original school house which was recently shifted onto the grounds and is now our senior classroom!). Our grounds include a flying fox, sandpit, large bike track, playground, vegetable gardens, chicken coop, and our own swimming pool, superb for those hot summer days! Our kids climb trees, make huts, are sports mad, animal and environment lovers, and we love working in our gardens and digging amongst the bike track.

We learn, play and grow together, our classes often collaborate in a vast range of learning activities throughout each term. We strongly believe in the concept of Tuakana Teina and Āko, where older students mentor our younger pupils and learning is a shared two way process.

Our staff are enthusiastic, passionate and dedicated to providing rich, meaningful learning experiences that will create those special memories and grow children into confident, capable young people.
With our close community connections, our learning is authentic, meaningful and fun! We take part in community activities such as assisting with tree planting, monitoring waterways, cleaning the beach, eradicating pests and working with our community to extend learning beyond our school boundaries.
Our school really is a wonderfully unique place that we are very proud of. We welcome your enquiries for enrolment, or for a visit.
Ngā Mihi Nui
Caro Wills