- Otumoetai College
- Te Wharekura o Mauao Otumoetai Intermediate School Otumoetai Primary
- Pillans Point School
- Matua School
- Bellevue School
- Brookfield School
- Bethlehem School
As at March, 2016, our schools collectively have 5,641 students. Of these, there are 1,300 Maori students ( 23%) and 65 Pasifika students (1.1%).
Of these, 274 students are taught in Level 1 Te Reo Māori immersion settings. (37 at Brookfield, 45 at Bethlehem and 192 at Te Wharekura o Mauao).
This Community of Learners has evolved from the Otumoetai Cluster of schools. The Principals of each school in the community have formed strong relationships through their interaction as a sub group of the Tauranga Principals Association. This group has also previously collaborated as an Extending High Standards Across Schools (EHSAS) Cluster from 2008 to 2010.
Since EHSAS, collaboration has been sustained in the areas of Mathematics and Literacy. The most recent collaboration has been in the form of lead teachers meeting regularly in Mathematics and Literacy, regular dialogue between the Intermediate school and Otumoetai College, regular interaction between the primary schools and by primary schools with the intermediate and Otumoetai College.
Te Wharekura o Mauao has been included in this community of learning because it is a member of the principal’s sub group and its location within the Otumoetai geographical area. All of our schools fall within the Ngati Ranginui Iwi rohe.
The majority of students attending these schools are drawn from all three Iwi in Tauranga Moana. These are: Ngati Ranginui, Ngai te Rangi, Ngati Pukenga. The remaining students are drawn from Iwi across New Zealand.
There is a consistent pathway for students from the six contributing primary schools (Otumoetai, Pillans Point, Matua, Bellevue, Brookfield, Bethlehem Schools) to Otumoetai Intermediate School (88%) and on to Otumoetai College (92%). There is a further pathway from rumaki classes at Brookfield School and Bethlehem School to Te Wharekura o Mauao.
The schools have come together to collaborate on raising all students’ achievement within our schools and across our community of schools. We have developed specific achievement challenges to address within a wider context of creating a community where our schools, family and whanau, education support agencies, police, health agencies, Child Youth and Family, local Iwi and Ministry of Education are aligned and working together towards our goals.