Our Learning


Children enter school with different needs and abilities. It is our role to cater to 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 are an area of school-wide development and inquiry for 2019 with investment in teacher knowledge and tools within the school.

Haumoana is part of a group of local schools that are developing a resource for the Apple and Pear Board to use across NZ focusing on horticultural science in our local environment. This is a great opportunity to develop our staff expertise and to grow our Haumoana curriculum.

Farm to Plate

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 leading the way 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, we have opened our multi-use space that links to the library. Our Farm to Plate programme is growing into a school-wide opportunity for all learners. Expanding the F2P programme from the original GTT programme means that children and teachers can take the learning as far as they can imagine, incorporating all curriculum areas and giving us a great hands-on way to grow our thinking.

Our gardens have extended to include the beginnings of an orchard, glass house and shade house. This allows students to grow food year-round, experience planning for a yearly planting calendar, raise their own plants from seed, companion planting and explore sustainable horticultural practices on a larger scale.

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 for a “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 and will be part of the team through any intervention. Access to external agencies to support students with their learning is part of this process. If you are concerned about your child’s learning or would like to seek additional learning support please make contact with us. Always happy to help.