Matakana School - An Inclusive School Approach

All schools have the obligation to recognise and respond to the diverse needs of their students. This includes students who are not achieving, students who are at risk of not achieving and those who have special education needs. Schools must also develop and implement teaching and learning strategies to address these needs. This applies just as much to students who struggle to read as it does to those with obvious disabilities or who are gifted and talented.

We provide a range of extension programmes within the school. We also arrange several workshops throughout the year which might involve visitors or visits out of school.




Catering for GATE students at Matakana School.


School Leaders

To be positive role models who exemplify the Matakana Magic ethos for all our school students. To have a group of mature, responsible and reliable students able to work cooperatively with the school Management Team to continuously improve our school. A school  leader is a communication link between the pupils and the teachers. This is important in our school because it gives the students a voice. They arrange and help with school events such as parent evenings and special school functions/activities. To become a school leader they need to show interest in the school as well as displaying good behaviour and responsibility. They get a chance to become a school leader in year six.  


House Leaders

Year 6 students  who have been identified with leadership potential are given the training and the opportunity to build on skills pertaining to a good leader. These students are given opportunities to develop their organisation, comparing, communication, and cooperative skills. They organise and run house assemblies, games sessions at morning tea once a week, fundraising activities and support adults in running school events. These students are also peer mediators and understand their position as role models.



Ten technicians take a leadership role in running the sound, lighting during any assembly gathering. They are rostered on a weekly timetable and are available to support other teachers on an on call basis.

The Technician’s are expected to create and design slideshows for events and assemblies.


Peer Mediators

This presents opportunities for year 6 students to develop a more mature practice of empathy. As well as leadership skills, the importance of demonstrating good role models to younger students, putting the needs of others before your own free time and skills of organisation and working in co-operation with others.


Class Councillors

Year 6 are given the opportunity to be a part of the class council. This develops responsibility and leadership skills. Class councillors meet with classes three times per term. The class councilors then meet, discuss ideas, decide what ideas they would like to pursue and come up with an action plan for getting these ideas happening.


Information Centre Techs

Year 5 students are given the opportunity to take on responsibility and build leadership skills as the info centre techs at lunchtime. These monitors are in charge of running the information centre at lunchtimes, overseeing people in the information centre, issuing books and reading stories to younger students.


We have two Head Information Centre Techs. They are both year 6’s who demonstrated exceptional qualities when running the Information Center the previous year as a year 5. Their role is to oversee the year 5’s and to be there to support them during lunch times. Lisa Bindon is inquiring into librarian courses for these students.  


Year 5 and 6 responsibilities

In the senior school each class has certain responsibilities.

These include:  Shop duty, student receptionist, running of the sports shed, emptying paper bins, composting and organising sports gear in classes.


All  Year 5 student responsibilities are recognised and tracked for leadership potential in and opportunities in Year 6.


Yummy monitors

Year 5 students, on a weekly basis collect yummy stickers from classes. Last year Yummy monitors raised $1063 for the purchase of sports gear for the school.


Young Writers Competition

As writing competitions arise, children are given the opportunity to participate.


Matakana All Stars

Students are given the opportunity to showcase their skills in from of the school. They take on a personal development journey.


School/Class Assemblies

A chance for students to organise and perform in front of school in terms of acting, drama, music and compere skills.


Information centre

The information centre is an interactive area for students to take their learning further. Lisa Bindon continuously makes changes and improvements to the information centre and she purchases new and exciting materials for the students.

Lisa has ensured students can issue more books over the holidays.  


Concert Choir

A chance for our singers to be trained by Dianne Morgan. She takes a special concert choir group as well as teaching year 3 to 6 students how to sing.


Kapa Haka

A chance for our students to immerse themselves in Maori culture, build performance skills and demonstrate their leadership skills. This is a substantial cost and commitment by the school as we release two teachers to run this programme. Year 4-6 students choose to participate and Year 3 Maori and Pasifika students may join 1 year earlier and further extend their cultural engagement in and understanding of te reo, tikanga and protocols.


Travel Wise Ambassadors

TravelWise Ambassadors are given the opportunity in leadership, to extend their skills in organisation and management. They are examples of  positive role models for the younger children and they  provide activities for others to be involved in while having fun and being mindful of Road Safety and Sustainable Travel options.  


Mahurangi Lit Competition

High achieving and widely read year 5 to 6 children go to compete against other students from different schools in the area. A chance to share and collaborate on their knowledge of books.


Lunchtime clubs

Dance (hip hop), piano, sketching, ukulele, chess, Junior Kapa Haka, knitting.


After school curricular activities

Drama, guitar, dance, art class, sports training. We also allow community groups like soccer and netball to use our fields and courts.



Year 4 to 6 students all participate in the camps. There is a cost in that we need to employ relievers to cover the year 5 and 6 camps.


Inter-school sports.

Swimming, hockey, soccer, netball, athletics, cross country, ripper, rugby.

We compete at an elite level in athletics, swimming and cross country.


ICAS international testing

All students have the opportunity to enter these tests but they are a real challenge for our top academic students to compete against the best in New Zealand.



All year 6 students are offered the opportunity to learn to sail under the expert guidance from instructors from “ Sailing Have A Go” for three days.


Speech competition

Every year students in year 5 and 6 write and present speeches.

Finalists in each room compete in the room finals and our top three students progress to the inter- school speech competition.


Year 5 and 6 project based homework

Students are assigned open and authentic tasks and are able to develop according to their own interests and level.



The school has employed a teacher to take Spanish lessons throughout the week. For students in years 4 to 6.


Science days

Each term the whole school participates in a science day. Each teacher takes two different classes with each team for practical science activities.


Ukulele Clubs

All students are welcome to participate in the Matamagic Ukes during Friday morning. Students play a range of songs with simple chords, thus extending their ability on the ukulele. These students further extend their abilities to playing riffs, tunes and scales on the ukulele. Advanced students also compose songs or develop their own adaptations of popular songs on the ukulele.


Radio Crew

Each year four year 6 students are selected that show confidence speaking, as well as flair. These students work alongside a teacher to organise and run the school’s  radio station. Year 5 and 6 students are able to opt into doing radio DJ sessions on a regular basis. Students are given a DJ script and are in charge of organising the content they wish to air on the radio station-this gets checked off prior to the session being on air.


Home Learning Challenge

All students are encouraged to participate in a program centred around Matakana MAGIC (Key competencies). Whanau are encouraged to support the students with a range of activities. These may be outdoor or community based, sporting, hobbies or creative, for example. Challenges allow students to gain recognition for achievements outside of the school program.



Entering the local area mathex competition to extend and motivate our top Maths students.


Show - production

Arts - This year sees the return of a school musical to extend our gifted singers, actors and dancers. This will take place every second year,