Our senior students consistently achieve very high NCEA success rates, with well-above national averages of ‘Merit’ and ‘Excellence’ endorsements. High standards are set and maintained, due to the ongoing efforts of students, the commitment of staff and the support of families. Our rigorous academic courses have allowed students to pursue university degrees in many fields, often supported by scholarships.
WORK EXPERIENCE/TRADES TRAINING
Students from Years 12 and 13 have the opportunity to enjoy work experience through the school’s Gateway programme. Working in a range of industries as diverse as IT, farming, law, engineering, pest control and more, students are able to gain NCEA credits and get a taste of what opportunities are available to them beyond school. Feedback from employers is overwhelmingly positive about the work ethic and abilities displayed by Tauraroa students. Trades training, through courses provided in school and with other providers, gives our students multiple options to pursue.
Our school has a range of performing music groups, junior and senior Kapa Haka groups and thriving drama and arts departments. In recent years, the school’s Shakespeare performances have come to national attention, regularly winning awards at the NZ Shakespeare festival. The school’s senior jazz band also plays regularly, with performances scheduled at the Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival in August, along with other public and school gigs.
Each October we celebrate the school’s annual Country Day. This gives students the chance to raise and show calves, lambs and kids. While the focus is on livestock competitions, students also have the opportunity to enter baking, craft and floral events.