Nau Mai, Haere mai ki te Kura o Rātāpiko...
welcome to RĀtĀpiko School...
Ratapiko School is located 15 minutes south-east from Inglewood, Taranaki.
Our school is set in the most peaceful, humble surroundings, under the majestic watchful eye of Mount Taranaki.
Rata- begat from the chiefly NZ native tree known as the Rata. Scientifically known as Metrosideros robusta - meaning 'stout iron heart'. Piko- is to bend, be resilient. Ratapiko is likened to the growth of the almighty Rata tree which frequently divides into large branches.
As the almighty Rata tree, Ratapiko School stands strong and courageous. The resilient foundation of history and the perseverance of the community, takes pride in growing diverse leaders from many branches.
Parents and the community play an essential role in the everyday life of our school. We wholeheartedly encourage our families of all generations to be a part of our learning at Rātāpiko. Tuakana/teina, Kuia/kaumatua are the essence of growth and fruition. Rātāpiko boasts over 100 years of nurturing the learning and teaching of students. Essential and correct that past students and their families stay connected and help Rātāpiko grow more champions.
Rātāpiko School has two classrooms, Years 1-3 and Years 4-7 . We currently have no students in Year 8, however when we do have Year 8 students ,the class structure will adapt accordingly. Currently we have 24 students on our roll and it is continuing to increase.
Rātāpiko School takes pride in nurturing the wellbeing of the student. The fruition of every student is reliant on their whole well being and Rātāpiko endeavours to ensure that each and every student has good spiritual health, good mental health, good physical health and good family health, guided by the health model of Te Tapa Whā. (Mason Durie).
Mahia i runga i te rangimarie me te ngākau nui...
With a peaceful mind and a respectful heart we will get the results,,,
We incorporate all things that are excellent about rural schools as well as keeping up with modern educational and teaching trends. We look after each other, and are tolerant of individual differences, fostering a caring family environment where students can be themselves.
Our primary language taught at Ratapiko is English and we are currently implementing Te Reo Māori and Tikanga.
Our teaching approach is to teach each child to their individual ability levels and to design programmes that suit their individual needs. The programmes are designed to give the students an all-round education, captivating their own uniqueness.
In July of 2019 we had our Education Review Office review and received a great report. Please find the link to access our results. https://www.ero.govt.nz/review-reports/ratapiko-school-21-08-2019/
CORE VALUES OF RĀTĀPIKO SCHOOL
"2023...AFTER MANY CHALLENGES, NEW GOALS ARE NOW BEING SET AS WE NEAR THE TIME OF PUANGA AND MATARIKI.'
Tō tātau Whānau Kura, Tō tātau Wahi, Tō tātau Mana. Our People, Our Place, Our Pride
Māiatanga – Confidence: Being be brave, bold and capable.
Ākoranga - Learning: Being active and engaged in my learning.
Manaakitanga – Caring: Being inclusive and showing respect.
Whanaungatanga – Connected: Being open to working with others.
We continue to weave these with the NZ Curriculum Key Competencies, Principles and our own Localised Curriculum foci.
RATAPIKO TAKES PRIDE IN OUR CORE VALUES THROUGH PŌWHIRI.
Te Reo Māori and Tikanga.
Ratapiko takes pride in ACTIVE minds, ACTIVE spirits, ACTIVE bodies and ACTIVE families.