Here is a link to the amazing PINs workshops we have on offer for this term and who is in them. Most students have been able to get their first choice, and if not first then second or third. A huge thanks to everyone for getting the form completed on time. Out of 670 students, […]

Coming soon… PINs

As ever, there has been an incredible array of workshop offers from parents, LAs and ākonga too. The descriptors and the form for selection will be posted on Thursday, in time for you to enjoy the long weekend perusing workshops. The form this time will give students 3 choices, and we are confident we will […]

PINs plea

Thanks to those of you who came to the ‘How-to-PINs’ workshop this afternoon, or who got in touch to say you couldn’t make it this time. Offers are looking interesting so far. There is poetry and creative writing, disc golf, a walk and a soak in some pools, bead and jewellery making, programming, NCEA study […]


A reminder of the ‘How to PINs’ workshop happening at school at 5.30 tomorrow. So far 3 lovely parents have RSVP’d. Please let Niki know if you’re coming so she can find the appropriate-sized space for the workshop. The PINs form will close on Wednesday, so far there are very few offers on the form. […]

Term 1 PINs

It is that time already! This term, PINs will be a full day held on Thursday 15 April, the last day of term before IEMs. For those of you new to us, PINs stands for Passions, Interests and Needs, and is an opportunity for our whole school community to be involved in our kura. Anyone […]

Frank Film

Last week I was contacted by Jessy from Frank Film with the following request: Frank Film are making a short documentary on families living in central Christchurch; specifically those with children who have moved into the Central City for the lifestyle opportunities it offers them. We thought that Ao Tawhiti might have some whānau who live […]

Lunchtime Clubs

A huge thanks to David Hattam for running a ‘Magic the Gathering’ lunchtime club for some of our rangatahi. Magic the Gathering will run on Monday lunchtimes on level one. Interested parties must register via this form or by talking to Niki, so we can keep an eye on numbers. We have a few students […]

Lunchtime Clubs

Calling all students, LAs, Learning Support Staff and Parents!We would LOVE to get some Lunchtime Clubs off the ground this year at Ao Tawhiti.Some ideas for clubs that students have already said they’d like to see happening are: Environment Photography Calligraphy/ drawing/ arts & crafts/ painting Theatre Sports for juniors & seniors/ Glee!/ music/ choir […]

Community event

Please come to our whole school community fish and chip evening on Thursday 18 February at Broad Park in New Brighton from 5pm. Bring your whānau, friends, picnic blankets, take ways, balls and frisbees. Meet some new families, hang out with some old ones and connect with some LAs. There is a playground there, and […]


We are delighted to extend a cordial invitation to all staff, Board members, ākonga, whānau and friends to attend our welcoming pōwhiri on Wednesday 10 February at 9am at the Majestic church on Durham St (just before the New World supermarket, on the same side of the road). Doors will open at 8.00, and we […]

Know Your Purpose

Many of you will be aware that Sarah and Linda from ‘Know Your Purpose‘, a self-development program for teens, presented at Whakanuia te kanorau – Celebrating Diversity last month. They run courses for teens to, well, get to know themselves. They are running a course for 13-15-year-olds on the 20th and 21st of January and […]

Ao Tawhiti – Infosnack #1

On Thursday the 10th December, from 3.15pm-4pm. Our Ao Tawhiti Careers Advisor, Kirsty McMillan, will be hosting the first ‘Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery – Infosnack’. This will be held on the first floor stairs. This is an opportunity for specifically new families, (current families are also welcome) to learn about everything NCEA and careers from our resident […]