A school has been on the site since 1907. Being an Area School it has a full set of facilities, Science Lab, Cooking and Sewing rooms, Wood and Metalwork rooms and Digital Manufacturing, all set in park like grounds.
We are a small area school focused on serving our families and surrounding rural community.
What does this mean?
Being a small area school we deliver smooth-flowing seamless education from Yr0 up to and including Yr13. Unlike many schools, we have the benefit of building a close working relationship with our students and their family/Whānau which spans their entire primary and secondary education. This means that the school knows the student and their family/Whānau really well, and is therefore in the best position to provide educational opportunities and support. Furthermore small class sizes mean there is a lot of individual attention.
In terms of being family orientated, this means that we are open, inclusive and supportive of families/Whānau. We see family/Whānau as instrumental in all we do, from our decision making processes right down to what we do day by day in our classrooms.
We are a rural school. Our students get to enjoy many opportunities that ‘city kids’ miss out on. Matariki, Kapa Haka festivals and Show Day is a highlight each year.
Mangakahia Area School is a community school. On our school grounds there is a purpose-built, well-organised and busy community Playcentre. Everyone in our community can use our vibrant and well-stocked Community Library, as well as our modern gymnasium (full size basketball, badminton, netball courts), 2 pools, astroturf courts, and fitness trail. Mangakahia Area School also hosts He Matariki School for Teen Parents (which is based in Whangarei).
At Mangakahia Area School we not only teach but practice environmental sustainability. Mangakahia is an Enviro-School Green-Gold Award holder - the first school in Northland to hold this award. We offer both junior and senior students Education for Sustainability, as a course subject.
We are self-sufficient in terms of water and carry out a full recycling programme throughout the Kura, we are also a Schoolgen School, having a number of solar panels generating electricity for us. In 2022 we are offering the Baseball Academy to Y9-13 students.
Finally, we are a Google School progressing toward an e-learning environment. The school is fully cabled and connected – we have UFB (ultra-fast Broadband) and all students have the use of Chromebooks when the teaching and learning requires their use. The network is strictly controlled, firewalled and cyber-safe.