Upcoming Events Term 2, Week 10: Starting Monday 15 June 2020 Term 2, Week 11: Starting Monday 22 June 2020 Term 2, Week 12: Starting Monday 29 June 2020 Friday 3 July: IEMs SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: Saturday 4 July 2020 – Sunday 19 July Term 3, Week 1: Starting Monday 20 July Y7-13 timetable returns to […]
No. Unfortunately we’re not like your local school. You cannot just arrive on the morning and have your child in a class later that day … even if you live right next to the building. We must follow our enrolment scheme. This normally means that we will take your registration of interest, ballot it with […]
In short, no. We do provide offsite learning opportunities for our students. You can arrange these with your child’s homebase learning advisor. We are still a school, and while we are extremely open to working with you and your unique needs, we do need you to attend and meet the requirements of any other school.
It depends. Each year we find that we have slightly different demands at each year level. In general we ballot at all year levels. There is usually more demand at Y1-6.
Ao Tawhiti is a state school. There is no cost to attend.
The answer is, it depends. We don’t see students as a condition or need. We see them for who they are and what they want to learn. We have many students who have struggled at other schools and are flying here. Equally we have made things worse for some students who have struggled elsewhere. It’s […]
We believe that the city has resources that are better than anything we could build onsite. We get our students out into the city regularly and do not feel that our students are disadvantaged by this. Fortunately, most (if not all) other Christchurch schools have playgrounds, so if it’s a deal breaker for you, you […]
No. We don’t take bribes and we can’t work outside of our enrolment scheme
A JP draws names. The ballot is a formal process designed to ensure that we are seen to be fair to all those who enter the ballot.
You must agree to the special character before you can attend the school. As a special character school we can choose not to accept your enrolment if you do not understand and agree to our special character. We are not a school for everyone. We are a school for students who want to follow their […]
We have a maximum role of 670 students. We have 166 Y1-6 students and the remainder are in Y7-13. We expect to be full at all year levels from 2021.
Ao Tawhiti’s zone encompasses Christchurch city. If you live outside of Christchurch you can still enrol, but you will be balloted after the students within the zone.
Friday 15 May It’s been a fantastic couple of days working with the staff of Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery. We’ve been hard at work making sure that school is ready for all of our students to return to school. We’re all excited about seeing you all again and transitioning back to learning at Ao Tawhiti. […]
What an awesome moment it was to hear that as a country we are another step closer to returning to normal. With the PM confirming the move to Alert Level 2, there are a few things I can share right now to help with your preparation for this week and next. There is obviously going […]
The PM’s announcement about what the country would look like at Alert Level 2 provided us with a great deal of insight into what learning at schools will look like. The MOE is still in the process of finalising the exact details but we have enough information for myself and the staff to start planning […]
Friday 1 May Anniversary Tomorrow marks a pretty special anniversary for Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery. On 2 May 2019 we opened for students at our CBD premises. For those of you who came in for your IEM on that Thursday, you’ll remember that things were still in a state of flux (builders were all over […]
Wednesday 28 April Welcome back from the longer than usual weekend. I hope you’ve all had a great start to Level 3. I found it really interesting how bizarre it felt to be in a car. It was also amazing how quickly it felt normal being back on site. Several of the LAs used yesterday’s […]
Friday 24 April There’s actually not a huge amount of new stuff to report to you today. I guess that’s a sign that the schooling at Ao Tawhiti during the lockdown has officially started to become a bit normal. Reminders 2.1 courses start next week. More info will come out about the specifics on the […]
Thursday 23 April 1:1s on Friday Just a reminder that tomorrow there are no classes running. Students will be having their 1:1s throughout the day. I’m really keen to make sure that our school, with its focus on relationships, keep these essential meetings happening. They allow your child the chance to plan and reflect on […]
Wednesday 22 April Return to School Form Thank you so much for completing the form we put out yesterday. I will be using this data to finalise our arrangements for what learning will look like from 29 April during Alert Level 3. If you are yet to complete the form can you please do so […]