School and Community 2023:
Makarora School is situated at the head of Lake Wanaka in the Makarora Valley, adjacent to Mount Aspiring National Park. The school and adjoining community centre share facilities and grounds. The school also runs the Dave Osmers Makarora Community Library, which is attached to the school and runs through the QLDC public library system. At the beginning of Term 2, 2023 there were 8 Y1-6 children from 6 families attending the school. The school employs 1 Teaching Principal, 1 part-time Teacher and 1 part-time Teacher’s Aide.
Makarora School will, in partnership with parents and caregivers, create a challenging but nurturing environment, that encourages children to take leadership of their own quality learning in a respectful and responsible manner.
Children at Makarora School have the very best education and will leave here with the knowledge of how to learn and the desire to do so. All children have the right to learn and the opportunity to be teachers. Our children will have the skills to live life to the fullest in the wider world: to accept challenges, ask questions, take risks, manage change resiliently and have inquiring minds.
It is important to present children with alternative views and encourage them to use their initiative and make informed choices in life. Students learn to be inclusive of others and are confident in themselves in a culturally diverse world.
We are located in a unique environment, which creates the opportunity for children to learn how to respect, understand and care for nature and the wider world. We accept responsibility to protect the planet and her resources for future generations to enjoy – think global, do local.
It takes a village to educate a child and it is a shared responsibility to provide quality education for our children. Our quality teachers establish a community that loves learning and encourages students to accept responsibility for their own learning.