Welcome back

Welcome back everyone and welcome to the new staff and students to Tangaroa College.

As I reflect back on 2016 we as a school community have accomplished a great deal and there is so much to be proud of. I truly believe that our accomplishments were made based on three very important elements: Staff, students and our families. The commitment and dedication of our staff to work tirelessly for our students is what makes us, Tangaroa College, a fantastic school. The second element of course are our students, who are striving to make a difference in their lives, who are trying extremely hard to make their families and Tangaroa College very proud of their accomplishments. Lastly the support system at homes. They continue to encourage students to be punctual and are supportive of the schools requests. I am honoured to be able to be a part of such a fantastic school community.

I am very excited about the upcoming year, with the new staffing changes that have and are occurring I know we will remain ‘Steadfast like a rock in the ocean’ waiho i te toka tu moana.

2017 began with well wishes for Deputy Principal Julie Debreceny as she accepted a position at Western Springs College. I know Tangaroa College will remain a big part of her life.

We said good-bye to Moana Papa who sadly passed away on the 1st February, 2017. Kua hinga te totara i te wao nui a Tane – The totara has fallen in the forest of Tane. Moana worked for the Tangaroa College from 1997 to 2005 in the Careers Department as well as managing Community Education programmes. She was such a humble and passionate person, Moana encouraged and inspired our  staff, students and families to achieve their dreams. I was filled with immense honour when our school performed our haka before Moana departed for her final resting place. It is moments like these, although sad, that brings our community together, and gives us strength and pride. Aroha mai.

With such two major events occurring for us as a school, our students have arrived to school ready to learn and    eager to achieve, teachers are currently working with your child on their future pathway and careers to ensure their subjects align with their aspirations. Please mums, dads, caregivers, grandparents, aunties and uncles ask your    children about their Individual learning Plans. There is a saying it takes a village to raise a child, so if we are able to work together we can achieve better things.

Our doors are always open to discuss your child’s learning.

Nga Mihi Nui

Davida White

Acting Principal