Our Learning


Children enter school with different needs and abilities. It is our role to cater for these needs and to allow all children to reach their full academic potential.  Our most recent ERO report acknowledges the academic strength of our school programmes and how they are adapted to support all learners.  Our school has been placed on a 4-5 years cycle of review for the second time.


A number of senior students are involved every year in the primary schools Mathletics competition at Havelock North Intermediate. This is an excellent event that tests a student’s computation and problem-solving skills. Some students are also involved in international ICAS Competitions.


Science and technology have a strong place in the Haumoana School curriculum. Digital technologies and the new curriculum are an area of school-wide development and inquiry for 2019.

Garden To Table and beyond

Haumoana School is proud to have been Hawke’s Bay’s pilot school for the Garden to Table Programme. Garden to Table aims to change the way children approach and think about food.  Our children have been joining children across the country as they enthusiastically get their hands dirty and learn how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food. Combining Hands-on learning and life-skills at the same time is a perfect vehicle for rich and purposeful learning.

Haumoana is now moving towards developing our own curriculum, gardens and kitchen areas. With the support of our amazing community, 2019 will see the new kitchen area open and the GTT programme grow into a school-wide opportunity.

Reading Recovery

We are fortunate to have Kay Foley as our Reading Recovery teacher available to students for two hours per day. This is funded by the Board of Trustees and the Ministry of Education and accelerates reading progress who those who would most benefit. Entry is based on the results of the 6 Year Surveys and regular attendance and parental support are essential to the success of the programme.

Reading Together

This programme is run for groups of parents and children at various times during the year. It supports parents develop strategies when reading to and with their children at home. Three fast-paced fun sessions are led by a teacher. Parents meet others who are facing similar challenges, meet local librarians, and learn quick easy strategies to use at home. Enquire at the office if you feel that this could help you.

Learning Assistance Programme

This programme is organized by the school SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator) and is available to students who require additional learning programmes to meet their needs. This may be extension work or it may be learning support and “catch up boost”. Learning programmes may be in their own class, small group or one to one. Parents are notified before a child begins on a special learning programme. Access to external agencies to support students with their learning is part of this process.