Matauranga O Oromahoe


Our Learning Path

The strands of our local curriculum, Matauranga O Oromahoe, emphasise Environmental Education, The Arts and Te Ao Māori (the Māori world). These all interweave and link with the New Zealand curriculum creating a balanced and holistic approach to the mental, physical and emotional development of the 'whole' child. Digital technology is incorporated into the holistic curriculum.

Enviroschools and Education for Sustainability (EfS)

Integrating environmental education into the whole of school life creates many learning opportunities and a range of benefits; environmental benefits, educational benefits, social and community benefits and economic benefits.

The five Guiding Principles of the Enviroschools kaupapa are integrated into the Oromahoe School curriculum;

  1. Learning for sustainability
  2. Empowered students
  3. Respect for diversity of people and cultures -Tangata Whenuatanga
  4. Sustainable communities
  5. Māori Perspectives



A culture of respect for others and the environment (Kaitiaki) underpins this education for sustainability. The programme includes recycling, zero waste, healthy eating, 'nude food' lunch boxes, spray-free gardening, native plant propagation, waterways planting, as well as other senior students' enterprise programmes.

Confirmed as a Silver Enviroschool, we celebrate all that has been achieved in our Enviroschools' journey so far. We are maintaining existing actions, developing new projects and involving more people. We aim to be a Green Gold Enviroschool by the end of 2018. We can see Enviroschools' Kaupapa in our school life and community. We are deepening our learning, our student inquiry and our practices. We can show progress on our journey towards being a sustainable school community.

Learning Through The Arts

Ko Toi te uri o Mahara Pohewa -Art is the child of imagination.

"The Arts are powerful forms of personal, social and cultural expression. They are unique 'ways of knowing' that enable individuals and groups to create ideas and images that reflect , communicate, and change their views of the world. The Arts stimulate imagination, thinking and understanding" The Arts in the New Zealand Curriculum (2000)

At Oromahoe School we believe in the power of the Arts to develop the artistic and aesthetic dimensions of human experience. The Arts contribute to our intellectual ability and to our social, cultural and spiritual understandings. Research shows that early experiences in the Arts stimulate cognitive development, imagination, creative thinking and the development of fine and gross motor skills. They are a foundation for academic excellence and are an essential element of daily living and lifelong learning.

The Arts include: dance (body awareness, fundamentals of movement, creative expression), drama (creative dramatics, pantomime, improvisation, characterisation, play production), music (sound, pitch, rhythm, singing, playing, musical games, listening, creative movement), visual arts (self expression, visual and tactile art, print and craft media, analysis and interpretation) and literature (poetry, illustrations, writing, award-winning books, storytelling, reading, speaking). They also include aesthetic perception (impression), creative expression (interpretation in action), historical and cultural heritage (exposure to art from around the world and aesthetic valuing (appreciation).

Our Matauranga, which emphasises The Arts, allows the students to develop fine motor skills, communication skills, cognitive skills and emotional intelligence, incorporated into our seasonal festivals which provide an opportunity and purpose for this learning, the children and community of Oromahoe School create a beautiful environment with gardens, sculptures and murals.

Te Ao Māori/ Ka Hikitia

Oromahoe School is working towards realising the vision of Māori students enjoying and achieving education success as Māori. What is good for Māori is good for us all.

Through the guiding principles of Ka Hikitia:

  1. working closely with iwi and Māori organisations (Te Tiriti o Waitangi)
  2. sharing high expectations for Māori to achieve
  3. recognising that the student and whanau cannot be separated
  4. owning the concept of Ako -a two-way teaching and learning process
  5. reflecting Māori students experiences and knowledge in the teaching and learning
  6. involving whanau in conversations about their children's learning

We will:

  • Consult with the community -Whanaungatanga
  • Undertake professional development in Tikanga and Te Reo Māori
  • Explore the involvement of local iwi in the delivery of the programmes
  • Support the use of bilingual signage within the school
  • Encourage participation in Māori arts and craft
  • Be guided by Tataiako competencies in our teaching practice.

Oromahoe School aims to implement programmes of learning that reflect and include reference to New Zealand's cultural diversity and the unique position of the Māori culture, including knowing about our past heritage.