Welcome to Te Rangimarie

Ko te Tamaiti te Pūtake o te Kaupapa
The Child is the Heart of the Mater

Te Rangimārie means peaceful in Te Reo Maori and our goal is to provide a peaceful and safe learning environment for our students who have an Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) verification.

We aim for our students to be happy, to have a sense of belonging and feel accepted and valued at school.  Well-being is vital in order for learning to take place. It is a priority for us to provide social opportunities so our students will be able to have friends and develop social skills. We work towards this by providing individualised strength based learning programmes that inspire students. Each student has an Individual Education Plan based on the New Zealand Curriculum’s Key Competencies and designed by students, parents and staff.

Inclusion incorporates student presence, participation and achievement. Our programmes provide the next steps of student learning. We use the principles of the Universal Design for Learning to teach the diverse range of students within our department. Students have access to a range of experiences inside and outside of the classroom including joining curriculum classes and activities in the wider school. As part of transition to life after school we utilise the Stratford community resources regularly, e.g. visits to the art gallery, library, swimming pools and Riding for the Disabled to name just a few. Senior students have the opportunity to attend work experience and WITT. We do weekly community service activities as part of our Duke of Edinburgh and Student Army programmes.

We have 3 learning spaces, a specialised bathroom facility and a kitchen. We currently have 18 students on our roll, 2 full time teachers, 2 part-time teachers and a team of 12 experienced, skilled and caring teacher aides.

Staff:  Tracey Herewini-Davis (Head of Department)
Jeanette Bell (full time teacher)
John Buchanan-Brown (part time teacher)
Peta Apperley (Physical Education part time teacher)

Learning Support Assistants: Pauline Burgess, Craig Cheyne, Fiona Dormer, Maree Evans, Penny Gavan, Sandy Howells, Eugene O’Sullivan, Leah Waddell, Daniela Tudor, Joelene Wadsworth, Linda Young, Michelle Anderson, Tracey Best