Why choose us?


Once upon a time someone said “It takes a village to raise a child”.

At Matakana School we are reminded of this saying as we think about the vibrant community living in Matakana Village, Omaha, Point Wells, Rainbows End, Takatu Peninsula, Matakana Valley and Omaha Valley that surround our school. Our school and community have a deeply entwined and rich history - spanning over 150 years - which is reflected in our school families. When you ask anyone involved in our school to speak about us, the golden thread that ties it all together always emerges namely ‘community’. Our phenomenal fund raising events bear testament to this as the community unites to make these a huge success, time and again. So when you choose us, you are choosing not just a school but a thriving ‘community’ in which to raise your child.

Our community reflects a diverse 21st century community and our school reflects a commitment to 21st century learning. Our ideas about learning are clearly embedded in our Matakana Magic ethos. This is our way of ensuring our students are confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.

Our teachers are dedicated, passionate about learning and committed to taking students beyond expectations! Our exciting school curriculum is centred on our Kowhai Inquiry Learning Model and is rich, real, relevant and respectful. We are focussed on student progress and proud of our quality literacy and numeracy practices. Effective reporting programmes are in place to ensure parents are fully informed about progress and achievement in all areas of the curriculum with special emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy.

We celebrate the diversity of our students. Understanding and catering for this diversity is reflected in our Special Needs and GATE programmes. Together with extra-curricular classes after school, we aim to encourage new learning and develop strengths and talents. Our students can take part in numerous user pays activities after school e.g. dance, drama, guitar, piano, karate and swimming classes. Our parents pool their expertise to coach school teams in hockey, touch, netball and soccer for the local clubs.

We live in a wonderful part of New Zealand with farms, beaches, forests, mountains and rivers right on our doorstep. These places and the people who live and work there are visited and utilised in our learning – we make Science come alive. Our exciting school camps take place at naturally beautiful places like Mangawhai Heads, Kawau Island and our own beautiful school grounds.

Yet at Matakana School we also understand that we are part of a global village and therefore have responsibilities to look outwards, open our school walls and take part in the exciting learning environment that is available to us through technology and e-learning. We believe our students will be able to use their Matakana Magic in order to actively and responsibly take part in the Mahurangi Kahui Ako (Community of Learning).

Our contribution and responsibility to our local community are heightened by our school values and practically demonstrated as we tend our orchard and vegetable gardens. We have been able to actively contribute to community projects such as the Omaha to Matakana walkway, by planting seedling trees grown in our glass houses. We are a Wastewise, Sunsmart and Travelwise school which heightens our awareness of how we can become part of the solution to keep our children safe. We are a Cool School, endorsed by the Peace Foundation, that has trained student Peer Mediators to resolve conflict. Our students have strong ties to community organisations such as the Omaha Life Saving Club. Our global contributions include our sister school on Rusinga Island in Kenya and taking part in the World Vision Famine appeal (please see more about our awesome activities under the Sports and Cultural tab).

Our students are encouraged to be active thinkers who are able to discuss their ideas and learning with others.  We invite you to visit us, meet our students and ask them why you should choose us.

Beautiful Orcas at Omaha