Introduction

Tapanui School welcomes new families to the West Otago Community.
Tapanui School is a learning community where 'Together we Learn and Grow’. Learning is our core business! We are committed and determined to enable learning to happen by serving every one of our learners.                     
Our School is forward thinking in its philosophy, purposeful in selecting the right staff and committed to helping our students with the competencies they need to succeed. Our vision captures the learner qualities of being confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.         
  
We are a well resourced contributing school catering for a roll of around 120 students from Year 1 - 6. Tapanui School has a positive, caring culture with students and staff working co-operatively and respectfully using modern learning pedagogy.  

Our School Song - Kō Matau tells about our values and our sense of togetherness: 
Kō Matau, te roopu,  E tu atu nei.              
E karanga kia koutou,  Haere mai ra              
Mauria mai tō aroha,  Kia piri tonu mai 
Kō Tapanui te kura E tu atu nei. 
 
Our Decile 9 school is well positioned in the township of Tapanui, West Otago with the Play Centre, Kidzway Early Learning Centre and Blue Mountain College situated alongside. We are nestled at the base of the Blue Mountains and have an idyllic view of the surrounding countryside from our school grounds.
Tapanui School has developed clear goals in the delivery of the NZ Curriculum. These are documented in school policy statements and our school-based curriculum.. 

We expect our children to leave us as well-rounded individuals who are working to the best of their ability as confident, connected, actively involved, life-long learners. 

With students at the centre of learning, we believe strongly in a three-way learning partnership between students, their family/whanau and teachers and encourage active participation in all school activities. We hold Three-Way Interviews twice each year.
We seek to develop in children a desire for life-long learning. Our students will need many skills in the world of the future and we seek to use new technology and foster their inquiry, problem-solving and higher-order thinking skills so that they are able to take risks, tackle challenges and adapt to changing situations and new innovations in the future. 

We are a unique country made up of many ethnic groups and strong Maori traditions. These groups give us great cultural diversity which helps to enrich our country. We expect our children to develop sensitivity and understanding of different cultures and beliefs. We have externally facilitated lessons in Te Reo one afternoon each week during Terms 2 and 3 each year.

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Circus Comes to Town
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Destiny Bay Production
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Highlanders Visit
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We also have space set up for the Perceptual Motor Programme [PMP] and junior students generally work on this Physical Education programme for two terms each year. 

With the introduction of dairy farming the rural community has changed from what was previously predominantly a crop and sheep farming area. Earnslaw One, Stuart's Timber and Blue Mountain Nurseries are the other main industries in the area. Our students come from both the township of Tapanui and from the rural areas surrounding the town.