Student Leadership

Growing student leadership is a key focus for our senior students.
Many of our students aspire to be a student leader in their final year at Tairangi School. 

Senior students are provided with opportunities to :

Celebrating Student Success

Celebrating success is just as important as achieving success, as it is essential to students' self-esteem and confidence. Whether your child has achieved a small or big goal, recognising and celebrating what they have achieved offers them a sense of accomplishment and fosters confidence.

At our school we celebrate success and progress in all areas of school life to build our students’ self-esteem and confidence, and to promote the high standards of behaviour and attitudes we believe our community is capable of achieving. We celebrate our school values being put into action and we celebrate learning from our mistakes.

We regularly celebrate success and achievement to build self-esteem and to promote examples of desirable behaviours and attitudes. Success can be viewed as someone demonstrating any one of the following:

- Certificates at assemblies

- Prizes for reaching Attendance goals at the end of each term

School Houses

Every student is assigned a House to belong to at time of enrolment. We have six houses which

is referred to as a Rōpū Whānau (Family Group) - each is connected to a tree name and a


Each Rōpū Whānau is made up of staff and students from Year 0 to 6. Siblings are placed in the

same Rōpū Whānau. We have a Taonga (target) reward system where students receive one

when showing the values, and these are tallied up every 2 weeks and the winning house is

celebrated at school assemblies. We often have school events where students compete and

participate in their Rōpū Whānau.

Tuakana / Teina

Tuakana-Teina is a traditional Māori cultural philosophy and practice; literally referring to the relationship between an older and younger sibling, or close family members like cousins. 

It is when an older or more expert tuakana (brother, sister or cousin) helps and guides a younger or less expert teina.

The tuakana-teina relationship is an integral part of Te Ao Māori (Māori world) and it provides a model for peer learning.  It refers to the relationship between an older (tuakana) or more expert person, and a younger (teina) or less expert person.  These roles can be reversed at any time depending on the circumstances.

Our learning spaces promote tuakana-teina relationships across all our learning and play activity.