Tuakau College International


Kia Ora and welcome to Tuakau College. Here you will discover more about our college and what we have to offer international students.  If you have any questions, email the International Manager Sarah Smeeton  at international@tuakaucollege.com.

Why study at Tuakau College?

We welcome international students to our clean, green and safe environment. Students may choose to homestay with a Kiwi family to experience our great New Zealand outdoor lifestyle whilst increasing their English language skills. We currently offer a full Year 7-13 mainstream study programme. All international students are eligible for ESOL support from a qualified teacher.


Tuakau College offers a unique opportunity to study at a small, friendly college in a rural community. Our aim is to prepare all young people for life by offering a broad based, quality education which promotes excellence in four areas of knowledge – academic, sporting, cultural and social activities.  On site, we have a Careers Advisor, a guidance counsellor, a Health Centre with a fully qualified, state-registered Nurse. We also offer Gateway programmes to enhance the transition from school to employment.

At Tuakau College, international students will find a good mix of town and country life, with close proximity to Auckland city and all its attractions. Tuakau College International…the best of both worlds…

Tuakau College will be hosting  a number of International Students in Term 1 2018.

  • 4 students, 3 male and 1 female aged 16 from Japan arriving 19 February 2018 for 3 weeks
  • 5 students from Brazil arriving 26 January for 15 weeks.
  • 1 female student aged 17 from Japan arriving Saturday 3 February 2018 for 10 weeks – requires a homestay with no pets.

We are looking for families who would like to host these students. Hosting an International Student is a wonderful experience for you and your family, it is a great opportunity to create long lasting friendships with the student that stays with you and to experience and gain knowledge about a different culture.  The homestay fee is $240.00 per week.

If you have already hosted a student with Tuakau College please email international@tuakaucollege.com if you are interested.

If you are a new family, there is an application process:

You will need to complete an application form, have a police vet check and required home visit. Students must have their own bedroom, 3 meals and suitable snacks daily.

If you require any more information, please do not hesitate to contact the International Manager at international@tuakaucollege.com or tel:  09 2368521 ext 141 or alternatively fill out the application to become a homestay caregiver which is available on our website www.tuakaucollege.com.  You will then be contacted to arrange a home visit.

Email: international@tuakaucollege.com

Phone: 236 8521 ext. 141

Sarah Smeeton

International Manager


Want to Enrol?

International Student Policies and Guidelines

Thank you for applying to enroll at Tuakau College.  If you have any questions about the school that are not answered in this document, our prospectus, or the Senior College Year 11, 12, & 13 Course Booklet, please contact the International Manager at: international@tuakaucollege.com We will be happy to assist you.

Before you complete and sign the Application and Student Tuition Agreement form, please carefully read our Tuakau IFPS Policies document together with the summary of The Code of Practice: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2016/0057/latest/DLM6748147.html

You must sign the Application and Tuition agreement form to confirm you have read the above and have understood and accepted all provisions as set out in all documents.

Policies and Guidelines

> Selection

Selection will be made by the Manager of International Students. Students from as wide a range of countries as possible will be recruited so that many cultures are represented.

Offers are based on an assessment of the extent to which Tuakau College can meet the needs of the prospective student. The school reserves the right to cancel an Offer of Place and refund fees paid hereunder in the event it ascertains any adverse comment from the previous schooling of the applicant or any of the applicant’s recommendation letters.

Failure to disclose relevant information or the provision of false information may result in termination of enrolment.

> Placement

The School will issue an Offer of Place to a selected student but the level of study offered is an indicator only. The School has the right to place the student in appropriate subjects and year levels; selection and placement are conditional upon the School  being able to meet the needs of the student. Students entering the School as international students must have the prior learning necessary and the intellectual and emotional capacity to cope with study in New Zealand in English at the level enrolled in. Quality applicants are sought whose proficiencies and career intentions are matched by the opportunities offers Tuakau College.   The School offers ESOL support 1 option per day, where necessary.

> Testing

The School may test International Students on arrival at the school to help determine placement.

> Enrolment Conditions

Upon enrolment at the School, the student will abide by the same conditions as regards behavior and absence as apply to domestic students. Enrolment as an International Student at the School shall be terminated:-

  1. At any time by agreement between the parties; or
  2. By if the student fails to pay fees in advance, or fails to abide by the same conditions as for domestic students, or fails to abide by the conditions of the International Student Tuition Agreement; or

If the student ceases to hold, or ceases to be eligible to hold, a valid student visa issued by the New Zealand Immigration Service.  Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service, and can be viewed on their website at: www.immigration.govt.nz.

General Information

> The Library

The School has a library facility which is accessible during school time and after school hours.  Internet access is also provided in the library and throughout the school.

> Sickness

Students who are feeling unwell whilst at school should tell their teacher and go to the Health Centre, where medical assistance and a sick bay is available.  In serious cases, caregivers will be notified to collect students from school.  If necessary, an ambulance will be called.  Our health centre is staffed by a full qualified RN nurse who facilitates and looks after the health needs of all students

> School Behavior Policy

Students at Tuakau College are expected to behave responsibly and accept the discipline and authority of the School. Students are expected to behave with courtesy and respect towards each other and to all staff. Please note students in homestay accommodation must also abide by the rules as outlined in the Accommodation Guidelines document. Misconduct Policy The disciplinary procedures outlined in the Education Act 1989 shall be applicable for all serious misconduct that is alleged to have occurred both inside and outside of the school. The student will have an adult support person of their choice in any disciplinary process. Should it be deemed appropriate the school reserves the right to:

  1. Impose a curfew or other restrictions on the student outside of school hours for a set period of time
  2. Terminate the contract and repatriate the student with forfeiture of fees

> Support Services

Guidance counselors are available to all students, in addition to support provided by the Dean for International Students and form teachers.  The College’s career guidance counselor is available to provide advice on study and career pathways.

Students can access the health center at the College on a range of issues such as mental and physical health, sexuality health, sexual and reproductive health services.

> Absences

If students are absent from school their caregiver must notify the school by phone before 9am and provide a written note.

> Other Absences

An International Student is required to attend school regularly. This is a requirement by New Zealand Immigration to re-apply for a student visa. The Education Act does not allow for holidays in school time. Senior students need to be aware of the restrictions associated with internal assessments if the student intends to sit an assessment.

> Group Students

Defined as “. . two or more international students aged 10 and over, entering new Zealand together in an organised group, and enrolled at a Code signatory for 12 weeks or less.”

All Tuakau College policies and guidelines stated in this document apply to students travelling in groups.

Each student must complete an individual application form, and attend an

orientation. All group students will have a named group supervisor for emergencies and a Tuakau College contact person.

> Additional Needs

If at any time it is believed that an International Student is at risk, the matter will be referred immediately to the Guidance Counselor where all appropriate policies and procedures will be followed.

Communication, Complaints and Concerns

> Liaison with the School

The International Office welcomes contact with parents. Parents may contact the Manager–International Students about any school matters that concern them. The Guidance counselor and nurse are also available for consultations. The International Manager is available to discuss any academic concerns students may have. Regular newsletters are posted on our website.

These contain information about School activities, term and examination dates and other matters of interest to parents or caregivers.

> Academic Progress and Reporting

Academic reporting occurs at mid and end of year.  Reports will be emailed to parents and your agent (if applicable). Ongoing student achievement information is available upon request to the school.

> Authority and Information

The parents of the student authorize staff of the School to:

  1. Receive information from any person, authority or corporate body concerning the student including, but not limited to, medical, educational and welfare information;
  2. Receive financial information relating to the student including bank account details.
  3. Provide consents in respect of any activity carried out and authorized by the School
  4. Provide necessary consents on the student’s behalf in the event of a medical emergency where it is not reasonably practicable to contact the parents.
  5. The parents irrevocably authorize the Manager of International Students to advise the student’s caregiver of all matters and information required to be provided to parents of any student under the laws of New Zealand. The parents irrevocably authorize the School to obtain information regarding the student from the homestay or caregiver. Parents may appoint a representative in New Zealand to receive and provide such information in substitution for the
  6. parents where it is not possible or practical for the parents to receive and provide such information.
  7. The parents agree to provide the School with academic, medical or other information relating to the well-being of the student as may be requested from time to time by the School.

> Homestay

All homestays are carefully selected and monitored to ensure that appropriate standards are maintained.

Homestay payment is payable in advance to Tuakau College.

The School will pay the homestay caregiver each week, account for all money received and payments made from homestay money.

The homestay fees invoiced may be an estimate cost only. Exact costs will be determined when final departure date is confirmed.

Tuakau College can only guarantee accommodation for visa purposes for the number of weeks‟ homestay fees have been paid for in advance.

Tuakau College will refund any balance left over at the end of the student’s placement.  If over NZD$1000 the refund will be made directly to the parents in the country of origin of the student. If under NZD$1000 the payment will be made in cash to the student on their last day prior to their departure from Tuakau College.

Two weeks’ notice must be given by either party (homestay or student) prior to a student being placed in another homestay.

> Parent

Students living with parents must still be monitored by the School.

At no time can a parent leave the student unsupervised overnight or for any length of time without first informing the School and seeking approval for a temporary adult caregiver to take their place.

If students are living with a parent, then the parent has full responsibility for the pastoral care of the student outside tuition hours, and may be called up to the school at short notice on school matters.

If a parent leaves a student unsupervised in New Zealand that student will lose their place at the School and New Zealand Immigration will be informed. Parents must follow all the policies of the School at all times.

Birth Certificates and copies of passports and visas are required to verify parent status.

> Privacy Information

The parents and the student acknowledge that:

  1. Personal information disclosed in the International Student Application and Tuition Agreement form will be held by the International Office and will be used for communication to the parents.
  2. All personal information provided to the School is collected and will be held by the School as part of the Student Management System.
  3. If the student/parents fail to provide any information requested in the International Student Application, the School will be unable to process the application.
  4. The student/parents have the right under the Privacy Act 1993 to obtain access to and request corrections of any personal information held by the School concerning them.

> Medical and Travel Insurance

International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. This is a requirement under The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. The School uses Uni Care, at a cost of approximately NZ $500 – $600 per twelve months.

If International students wish to purchase their own insurance elsewhere, the School needs to be provided with a copy of the insurance certificate and policy wordings (in English) so we may determine whether the insurance provides sufficient cover for the student’s medical, travel and potential repatriation needs.

It should be noted that costs such as medical treatment in New Zealand and medical evacuation or repatriation can be prohibitive. It is therefore imperative that sums insured for these benefits should be set at an appropriately high figure – ideally, this figure should be unlimited although the School will allow figures that it deems to be sufficiently high.

Below is the suggested minimum content for appropriate insurance policies according to the Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students.

The policy should:

  1. Commence the minute the student leaves home for the airport on their way to New Zealand.
  2. Apply while in transit.
  3. Apply while the student is in New Zealand.
  4. Cover the student for any trips to other countries during the period of study.
  5. Cover the student for any holidays back to their home country during the period of study.

> Contact Information

The School needs up to date information on all students. Please inform the international office when addresses or telephone numbers of parents change. In some cases the Manager of International Students or the Nurse need to contact parents or caregivers during working hours  so the School requires a current contact address/telephone number for a parent’s or caregiver’s place of employment. We wish to avoid embarrassment by sending incorrectly addressed mail so would also appreciate being informed in cases where marital status change.  Students and parents may experience a range of problems and difficulties. This is normal.

Any problem should firstly be taken to the Managerof International Students. Serious problems should be directly reported to the Principal.

The School adheres to the New Zealand Code of Practice. An appeal authority operates through the Ministry of Education and students are advised of this at orientation (email: info.ieaa@minedu.govt.nz).  A “Where to complain to” chart is included is located at  http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/make-a-complaint/make-a-complaint-about-a-provider/ – We have our grievance procedure guidelines here at Tuakau College before you do this, at this attached link >> Grievance-procedures-2016

> Internet Access

The Internet is only to be used for educational purposes and whilst the School has taken precautions to eliminate controversial material, it is not possible to restrict access to all such material and hence access remains the individual student’s responsibility. Internet use and sites visited are monitored closely.  The full Internet and Computer Use rules included in the enrolment application form.

> Accommodation

As per the Code of Practice and Guidelines and Policies Document, the School, before enrolment, will determine and verify which category of accommodation the student will live in regardless of age i.e.- Homestay- Designated caregiver – Parent

No International student of Tuakau College can live independently, in a boarding establishment or in temporary accommodation.

Police vetting will be required of all caregivers and all residents of a household aged 18 or over excluding International Students (excluding parents).

The School will provide guidelines to the caregivers and the students and outline the divisions of responsibility between the School and the caregiver.

The parents and the student agree that the student shall remain in accommodation arrangements either organized by the School for the term of this agreement, or are approved by the School according to The Code of Practice guidelines on accommodation. Any changes must be negotiated with the Accommodation Coordinator of International Students beforehand.

Failure to comply with this requirement may lead to a cancellation of the student permit. All caregivers who are not New Zealand citizens must provide copies of their passports and valid visas.

> Designated Caregiver (DCG)

The parents of the student must fill out and personally sign the International Student Application and the Tuition Agreement form and include all details of the DCG when submitting the application.

The School will decide if the caregiver will be verified as a Designated Caregiver and will ask for a police vet, further supporting information and/or evidence of nature of the close relationship or friendship.

The home of the proposed DCG will be visited and assessed the same as for a homestay caregiver.

The home will be visited subsequently to substantiate and verify the DCG‟s living situation.

At no time can a DCG leave the student unsupervised overnight or for any length of time without firstly informing the School and seeking approval for a temporary caregiver to take their place. This will probably necessitate a new DCG being appointed for the period, as per all DCG regulations.

The DCG arrangement cannot change until Tuakau College is informed, and agrees to the change.

The parents take full responsibility and accept the decisions made by their DCG about the day-to-day requirements of their child.

> Liability, Rights, Contract

  1. In any event, the School’s liability in relation to the supply of tuition services to the student is limited to the amount of fees paid by the student for the provision of the services in respect of which liability arises.
  2. Nothing in this agreement limits any rights the parents and/or the student may have under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993.
  3. It is acknowledged that all relevant provisions of the Education Act 2003 shall apply to the student in New Zealand. Any decision under these provisions to stand-down, exclude or suspend the student for a specified period shall terminate this agreement and the no refund policy shall apply. The parents shall have no claim in damages or for any compensation if this agreement is terminated in these circumstances.
  4. Neither party is liable to the other for failing to meet its obligations under this agreement to the extent that the failure was caused by an act of God or other force of major circumstances beyond its reasonable control.
  5. This agreement shall be construed and take effect as a contract made in New Zealand and will be governed by New Zealand law, and the student and parents submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts.

> Insurance Requirements

Most International students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment.

Full details on entitlements to publicly funded health services are available

through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website at http://www.moh.govt.nz.Accident Compensation Corporation

The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at http://www.acc.co.nz.

> High sums insured and medical benefits

“Sums insured” is the money available in the event of a claim. It is imperative that the sums insured are very high so they will not be exceeded in any possible claim.

Current policies range from $600,000 to “unlimited cover”. In order to “future proof” policies, sums insured of one million dollars plus are recommended. Emergency evacuation / repatriation

Repatriation represents the costs of getting the student home. The benefit works two ways:

  1. If the student becomes seriously ill or injured and needs to be accompanied home (either alive or deceased) with medical professionals, these costs are met by the insurance.
  2. If members of the student’s immediate* family living overseas become critically ill or die, the policy will fly the student home, and then back to New Zealand to complete their studies.(*immediate family is the mother, father, brother or sister).

Ideally, the policy should have “unlimited cover” as very large sums can be incurred in these situations.

Insurance policies for International students should be obtained from companies with a credit rating no lower than A from Standard and Poors, or B+ from AM Best.

If the insurer is an overseas company, the College requires students to provide policy details in English so that it may ensure that all the necessary requirements are met.

If, prior to enrolment, it is decided that a student does not have adequate insurance, the student will be required to take out additional cover to meet the standards set down by the School.

Fees and Examinations

Click the link to view the 2018 Fee structure >> 003 Fee structure IFPS 2018


> School Uniform

Years 7 to 10

Junior School uniform

Years 11 to 13

Senior School uniform

Year 13 Dress Code

Clean and tidy mufti may be worn on “Mufit-Days”. Clothing advertising alcohol, illegal substances or any messages or images inappropriate in a school setting will not be permitted.  The clothing worn must be of a standard that is decent, non-revealing and as if the student is going to a job interview.  No jandals are to be worn.

Sport Uniforms

Shorts and the house coloured sports top are worn by all students during Physical Education and House events.

Team Uniforms

All students that represent the College in sport will be given the correct sport uniform to wear during the games.  A small rental is charged to cover laundry costs and to help with replacements.

School Mufti Days

Clean and tidy mufti may be worn. Clothing advertising alcohol, illegal substances or any messages or images inappropriate in a school setting will not be permitted.

Makeup and jewelry may be worn on mufti days.  Any jewelry worn is done at the students‟ own risk.

Teachers reserve the right to ask students to remove jewelry deemed inappropriate or dangerous for a particular activity or if health or safety issues arise.

> Driving Policy

Tuakau College does not allow international students to purchase, own or drive a motor vehicle independently while studying in New Zealand unless they live with their parents. This is due to consideration of health & safety and the complexities of financial and legal matters surrounding owning and driving a car.

Only international students that live with their own parents  will be allowed to purchase, own or drive a motor vehicle.  A student can enrol in the New Zealand Graduated Drivers Licence to enable them to drive on their return to their home country but this must be with the permission of the International Director and with an approved driving instructor only. Permission will not be granted to drive with anyone other than a licensed driving instructor.

> Extra-Curricular Activities

The following sports and cultural activities are available at Tuakau College. If you are interested in doing any, please state these in the International Student Application and Tuition Agreement Form.

Athletics – Term 1

Badminton – Terms 2 & 3

Basketball – Terms 2 & 3


Cross Country Running Term 2

Hockey Terms 2 & 3


Equestrian Team – Terms 1 & 4

Football (soccer) – Terms 2 & 3

Kapa Haka

Netball – Terms 2 & 3


Rock bands

Rowing Terms 1, 3 & 4

Rugby – Boys Terms 2 & 3

Squash Terms 2 & 3


Swimming club (Terms 1 & 4)

Table Tennis Terms 2 & 3

Tennis Terms 1 & 4

Volleyball – Term 1 & 4

> Orientation

The School will provide a comprehensive orientation programme before each term begins, to help students adjust to school life.

All students must attend a school orientation before enrolment. Refusal to participate in an orientation will mean enrolment cannot proceed.

> School Calendar

Term 1: 2018

Wednesday 31 January – Powhiri & New Students Day

Thursday 1 February to Friday 13 April

Public Holidays: Waitangi Day – Tuesday 6 February

Good Friday – Friday 30 March

Easter Monday – Monday 2 April

Easter Tuesday – Tuesday 3 April


Term 2: 2018

Monday 30 April to Friday 6 July

Public Holidays: Anzac Day Wednesday 25 April

Queen’s Birthday Monday 4 June


Term 3: 2018

Monday 23 July to Friday 28 September


Term 4 2018 (No senior international student intake during Term 4)

Monday 15 October to Thursday 13 December

Public Holiday: Labour Day – Monday 22 October

> Subject Choices

Please refer to the school prospectus and the Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13 handbooks,  that can be accessed through our website:


Conditions of entry may be applicable to some subjects.

International Newsletter

Click the link for the International Newsletter >> International Newsletter 2017

Our ERO Report

> ERO Report - Tuakau College - 09/10/2015


Tuakau College promotes student learning well. A settled and inclusive tone in the school supports the learning of students. There is a focus on building a curriculum around individual students’ that is responsive to their strengths and interests. The college is committed to bicultural practices and is steeped in the traditions of the local area.

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in three years.


1 Context

What are the important features of this school that have an impact on student learning?

Tuakau College caters for students in Years 7 to 13. Students have strong links to the town and surrounding areas. Forty-three percent are Māori, of whom a significant proportion whakapapa to ngā hapū o Te Pūaha o Waikato. Eight percent have Pacific heritage.

The college is steeped in the traditions of the local area and being bicultural. The school motto, “Pai rawa atu i ngā mea katoa – The very best in all things” is clearly articulated by the leadership team. Students are supported to meet this motto through the four kete of knowledge, academic, sport, culture, and social service.

Since the 2012 ERO report, the priority for the college has been sharpening its focus on student achievement. The board and school leaders have considered what the school can do differently to raise student achievement. This focus has resulted in changes to curriculum management and teaching practices. An extended senior leadership team is now in place, allowing individual strengths to be used to target school improvement. The board has also overseen a substantial upgrade to the physical learning environment.

Tuakau College is a caring and respectful learning community. The school has extensive practices and systems to promote student wellbeing. There is a calm and purposeful tone in the school that supports the learning of all students.


2 Learning

How well does this school use achievement information to make positive changes to learners’ engagement, progress and achievement?

Improved use of student achievement information by the board, senior leaders and teachers is supporting a sharper focus on raising student academic performance.

Achievement information is used to set school priorities and appropriate achievement targets, and to design curriculum programmes. Stronger analysis of data, and sharing of information by teachers and school leaders, is helping teachers to cater for students’ different learning strengths and needs.

The college is justifiably proud of the high literacy and numeracy rates achieved by students in Years 11 to 13. The challenge for the school is to increase levels of student success in the National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA).

School achievement information shows that students make good progress over their time at the college. There is clear alignment of assessment practices across the junior and senior school that allows for the close ongoing monitoring of students. This information is used to support appropriate targeted actions to raise the achievement of students who are at risk of not achieving to their potential.

As a result of a sharper focus on students’ academic progress greater support is in place for students at key transition times in their learning pathway. Dialogue with local primary schools, and the moderation of achievement data, supports smooth transitions into the school. Greater sharing of data and collective responsibility for student achievement within the school is assisting students’ transitions between year levels.

Achievement information is also used by senior leaders and teachers to inquire into the effectiveness of teaching practices and to identify relevant professional learning requirements. Teachers could now consider how students can use their own achievement information to be more actively involved in decisions about how to make progress.

There are very high levels of student engagement in learning across the school. Classrooms are settled places for learning. The learning focus for lessons is clear for students and they enjoy respectful learning relationships with their teachers.

The college’s inclusive and responsive practices support students with special learning needs very well. Teachers, learning assistants, and all students share a commitment to and responsibility for these students’ progress. This shared approach ensures students participate fully in appropriate learning programmes and the wider school curriculum.

Strong community collaboration and partnerships are becoming more focused on supporting children’s learning. This is creating a shift towards collective responsibility for the raising of student achievement.

3 Curriculum

How effectively does this school’s curriculum promote and support student learning?

Tuakau College curriculum is becoming increasingly effective in engaging, and promoting successful outcomes for all students.

Since the 2012 ERO report senior leaders have reviewed the curriculum and introduced effective initiatives that result in a broadening and more cohesive curriculum. Students have greater opportunity to gain credits towards national qualifications, and are benefiting from interconnected Year 7 to 13 programmes in some subjects. This cohesion gives students confidence to transfer skills to new learning situations. Learning environment upgrades are also resulting in more subject options for students and a natural integration of information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance learning.

The school is developing a curriculum around the individual student in the core subjects of English, mathematics and science. This is providing a strong learning foundation for the students to access learning in other curriculum areas. A change in the ‘deaning’ system in Years 9 to 13 is guiding curriculum decisions that are focused on individual student pathways. A present priority for the school is to continue exploring ways of incorporating vocational pathways into the curriculum to support students transitioning out of the school.

Teachers participate in well planned and appropriate professional learning opportunities to sharpen their teaching focus and practice on individual learners. New learning for teachers is resulting in effective strategies that equip students to take greater ownership of their learning through self and peer assessing their work. The teacher performance management system introduced in 2014 supports effective professional practice and growth.

Learning experiences that reflect the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand are given an important place in the curriculum, the environment and daily life of the school. The infusion of Pacific students’ cultures is also shaping curriculum developments for these students.

ERO recommends that school leaders continue to build on practices that provide individual learning pathways and approaches with students.

How effectively does the school promote educational success for Māori, as Māori?

Tuakau College promotes educational success for Māori very effectively. Māori students are confident in their individual cultural identity. The school promotes Māori student leadership and tuakana teina relationships.

A clear understanding about Mana Māori being paramount to students succeeding as Māori at Tuakau College is led, practised and modelled by the principal. Success for Māori students is a priority for the board and staff. The school has well established tikanga-a-rohe with strong links to local marae.

The inclusion of cultural competencies for teachers of Māori learners as an influence on curriculum implementation reflects the school’s expectations for teaching practice. There is good provision for teachers to learn about and develop their own confidence in tikanga Māori through focused professional learning and development.

The board has an ongoing, documented strategic plan, namely ‘Building on Success’ that helps the school sustain and build on initiatives designed to promote success as Māori. The board uses this plan as a self-review tool, to determine how well school policies and practices help to develop the potential of all Māori students.

The Māori community has the opportunity to contribute to the schools’ decision-making process. Attendance at Poukai allows the views of whānau and the school to be shared. These views are listened to, respected and responded to by the school, whānau, hapū and iwi.

4 Sustainable Performance

How well placed is the school to sustain and improve its performance?

Tuakau College is well placed to sustain and improve its performance. The school is well governed and led.

Trustees are well informed about curriculum developments and student achievement. Board decision making is strategic and has a focus on improving outcomes for all students. Very good working relationships ensure the work of the board and school management is well coordinated through the school’s strategic and operational planning.

The expanded senior leadership team is enabling increased momentum for change to meet the diverse needs of students. Increased opportunities for leadership across the school are complementing and enhancing school developments. Senior leaders need to consider how all levels of leadership can contribute at the strategic decision-making level.

Self review is used well. Ongoing critical reflection and the outcomes of school-wide self review provide clear rationale for positive change. Students, staff and the school community are consulted widely as part of review processes, in order to get things right and develop a shared ownership of outcomes to support the school’s overall improvement focus. ERO recommends that the board and senior leaders develop a school framework for self review that will guide all school reviews and support good quality evaluation. The board should ensure all school policies and procedures are reviewed regularly to make certain the policies meet up-to-date legislative requirements.

Provision for international students

The school is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students (the Code) established under section 238F of the Education Act 1989.

No international students were enrolled at the time of the ERO review.

Board assurance on legal requirements

Before the review, the board of trustees and principal of the school completed the ERO Board Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklists. In these documents they attested that they had taken all reasonable steps to meet their legislative obligations related to:

  • board administration
  • curriculum
  • management of health, safety and welfare
  • personnel management
  • financial management
  • asset management.

During the review, ERO checked the following items because they have a potentially high impact on student achievement:

  • emotional safety of students (including prevention of bullying and sexual harassment)
  • physical safety of students
  • teacher registration
  • processes for appointing staff
  • stand-downs, suspensions, expulsions and exclusions
  • attendance.

To improve current practice, the board of trustees should ensure that non-teaching staff and unregistered employees are police vetted every three years.


Tuakau College promotes student learning well. A settled and inclusive tone in the school supports the learning of students. There is a focus on building a curriculum around individual students’ that is responsive to their strengths and interests. The college is committed to bicultural practices and is steeped in the traditions of the local area.

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in three years.

Graham Randell
Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

School Statistics



Ministry of Education profile number


School type

Secondary (Years 7 to 15)

School roll


Number of international students


Gender composition

Boys      54%
Girls       46%

Ethnic composition

Pacific Nations
other ethnicities


Review team on site

August 2015

Date of this report

9 October 2015

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review
Education Review
Education Review

October 2012
August 2009
May 2006


Accommodation Application for Homestay Caregivers and Homestay Booklet , for families wanting to become homestay caregivers for Tuakau College.

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