Year 0 and 1 (New Entrant) Kākano

He Kākano (meaning “seed”) conveys growth and development. Kākano is the new entrant class here at Galatea School. Our experienced and caring teacher, Miss Tucker, will help ensure your child’s transition to school is positive one. She understands all children are different and as such she structures a program to cater for each child’s individual needs. Early Literacy and Numeracy is at the forefront of learning in Kākano. Art, Music, Te Reo and Science are also part of the daily program. Everyday is a new opportunity to learn and grow in Kākano!

Year 1 and 2

You can find this bright and colourful class around the back of the school by our courts. Mrs Huxford is the dedicated teacher in this classroom. Her class walls are bursting with student’s learning. When you enter, you will see, hear and feel the learning as the students grow their ‘Mega Minds’.

Years 2 & 3 Kōwahi

You will come across this welcoming classroom of students in Kōwhai as you walk up the front steps to the office.

Miss Page is a passionate, supportive and enthusiastic teacher who believes strongly in encouraging her students to grow as positive, hard working and curious independent learners. To foster the skills to work well as a team of learners Kowhai students have the opportunity to develop perseverance and tolerance in a variety of co-operative learning situations.

Kōwhai students are encouraged to show kindness to themselves and   brighten up other people’s days just like the bright cheerful yellow flower of the Kōwhai tree.

Year 5 and 6

Totara class can be found at the front of the school nestled between the cherry blossom alongside the courts and the mosaic tiles that surround one tree island. You will be greeted by Miss Robinson, a young, vibrant, passionate educator insistent on providing the best learning for her students. Our classroom space is bright and colourful making it an inviting and encouraging space for students to learn. The positive and enthusiastic culture ensures all children love coming to school and learning in ways that are best suited to them. It’s no mere coincidence then that we are The Dream Team. 

Years 4, 5 and 6 Tōtara

Tōtara can be found at the front of the school nestled between the cherry blossom alongside the courts and the mosaic tiles that surround one tree island.  Our classroom space is bright and colourful, making it an inviting and encouraging space for students to learn. The positive and enthusiastic culture ensures all children love coming to school and learning in ways that are best suited to them. 

In Tōtara we agree that when we are supported and surrounded by our loving whānau and community we will grow to our highest potential. 

He Tōtara tū I te Waonui a Tāne – Tōtara grows tall in the middle of the Forest.

Year 6,7,8

You can find Kahikatea class at the front of the school. Their doors open up to our lovely covered deck looking out to beautiful mature trees. Kahikatea students have easy access to both the library and computer suite which is used as a break out space for students displaying high integrity. Miss H is a dedicated teacher who loves all things integrated learning, raising environmental awareness and developing kaitiakitanga in her students. She is also passionate about sports, te whare tapa whā, emotional intelligence and mixing things up for a balanced and happy life. Senior students travel to Whakatane to take part in their highly successful Technology programme which includes Performing Arts, Environmental Science, Food Technology, Wood Work and Biotech. Kahikatea students develop leadership skills as seniors of our kura and take part in leadership opportunities as they arise. As the Kahikatea tree weaves it roots together with others to grow strong, so do we. 

Whaowhia te kete mātauranga – fill the basket of knowledge.