We CARE captures our school mission and provides a framework for our school values. Our values underpin who we are and everything
we do.



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Gate Pā School is a Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) School. This means we adopt a school wide relational approach, focused on removing barriers to student engagement. PB4L supports us to address problem behaviour, improve children's well-being, and increase educational achievement. Our school values underpin our PB4L approach.

Practices and Facilities

Evidence-based practices and expansive student-centred facilities support our students to be lifelong learners who are confident and creative, connected, and actively involved.

Evidence-based practices to nurture well-being and accelerate learning include:

  • students are organised into four learning syndicates  - this creates a sense of belonging and enables collaboration for both staff and students: Junior - Year 0-2 / Middle - Year 3-4 / Senior - Y5-6 / Rumaki - 2 classes (junior and middle/senior)
  • composite classes - this means we put two consecutive year-groups together in one class, appreciating that growth and learning is determined by stages not ages
  • a house system - each student belongs to a house , this system complements our school history, culture and encourages a sense of healthy competition
  • regular whānau hui and student-led conferences- working together with whānau as partners in learning, is essential for the growth and development of the learner
  • e-learning - 1:1 devices are used discernely to support student agency, active, personalised learning, creativity and collaboration
  • play-based learning in our junior school (Y0-2) - to support the development of thinking skills, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, student agency and engagement and smooth transitions to school
  • Culturally Responsive Practice (CRP)
  • Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)


School facilities designed to nurture lifelong learning skills include:

  • bike tracks and school bikes
  • swimming pool
  • forest ecosystem
  • school and community gardens and beehives
  • fruit tree orchard
  • plant nursery
  • two playgrounds
  • two astro-turfs - basketball, netball and tennis
  • cricket pitch
  • an activity room - August Room
  • expansive green spaces

Celebrating Culture

We are immensely proud of the cultural diversity of Gate Pā School and take every opportunity to embrace and celebrate the histories and traditions of all students. These groups include Māori, Pakeha, Filipino, Indian, Pasifika, Korean, Chinese, Argentinean and South African.
We treasure the unique place of Māori and all students have the opportunity to develop their te reo and tikanga.


Culturally Responsive Practice

In truly knowing who our students are, it is vital that our staff understand and connect to the cultural capital of each individual. This involves giving every student multiple opportunities to share their culture, language, and identity.

At Gate Pā School, this is achieved by a focus on relationships and a school curriculum that maximises opportunities for students to share their own knowledge, values, and beliefs.



Cultural Groups

We have a number of cultural groups who meet regularly and perform at many school and community events. We pride ourselves on honouring special cultural celebrations like Matariki, Ramadan, Samoan language week, Tongan Language Week, White Sunday,  and Diwali.  Regular whānau/family meetings also take place for these groups.

Groups include:

  • Kapa Haka
  • Pasifika
  • Filipino
  • Indian
  • Spanish
  • International and ESOL Students


Our ESOL specialist teacher assists those students whose first language is not English. 

We welcome International Students as they are a natural part of our diverse community and fit easily into our school.





The Rumaki vision is captured in these words:

“Ko te manu kai i te miro, nōna te ngahere, ko te manu kai i te mātauranga, nōna te ao.’

A bird that feasts on the miro berry understands the forest, a bird that feasts on knowledge understands the world.



Te Rumaki o Pukehinahina
- Māori Immersion

Gate Pā School are proud to have two Māori immersion classrooms, a Year 0-2 class and a Year 3-6 class.

Two experienced teachers and a kaiāwhina provide learning in 80% Reo and 20% English. 


      • Values based approach
      • Marau ā kura - developed with whānau
      • Offsite cultural experiences within and beyond Tauranga
      • Kapa Haka, Manu Kōrero groups
      • An onsite Puna Reo early childhood centre, Wharekura (secondary options) and nearby is Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa (university)


An open door policy exists for all whanau to sit in, share and learn.

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Garden to Table

Gate Pā School runs a highly successful Garden to Table programme, utilising produce from our very own school garden, orchard and beehive.  Through this real-world learning opportunity, our students get their hands dirty while learning how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh food.  


All our students participate regularly in this programme and there are plenty of opportunities for parent/whānau involvement. Garden to Table also has wider community benefits as the students bring home what they have learned about growing, harvesting, preparing and cooking good food.
Community Gardens are also avaliable on our school site for families to adopt.

Whānau / Family Engagement

At Gate Pā School we are committed to working with you to improve the well-being and achievement of your child(ren). Your opinion is valued!


Tools and strategies we use to support the development of these critical relationships include:

  • early face-to-face connections with the classroom teacher and establishing channels for ongoing communication
  • setting clear classroom expectations for Home Learning
  • encouraging parent/whānau involvement in classroom and school learning /events
  • regular whānau hui for communication and feedback
  • use of Seesaw and google classroom to share learning
  • student-led conferences for celebration and goal setting
  • learning celebrations
  • school and syndicate newsletters 
  • Friends of the School group ( please see the office for details on how to participate)
  • school Facebook - Gate Pā - Pukehinahina
  • open-door policy




At Gate Pā School we value health, well-being and physical activity. We demonstrate this by keeping our children involved in regular physical education and sport.

Amanda Marshall is our sports co-ordinator , she supports us to maximise participation in a range of events including afterschool and weekend sports. Her email is: amarshall@gatepa.school.nz





Competitive sport is also encouraged through participation within and across school competitions. These include netball, miniball, basketball, volleyball, cricket and rippa rugby competitions.

Inter school sporting opportunities for Y4-Y6 students happen throughout the school and include swimming, cross country, athletics, soccer, rugby, hockey, netball, cricket and miniball. Students who perform highly at these events can qualify for West Cluster and Western Bay of Plenty competitions.


English as a Second Language (ESOL)


We welcome students from migrant and refugee families.

A full-time ESOL tutor supports these students to develop their English language.

This tuition takes place in small groups, each student will receive 2-3 sessions during class time each week.