Can I start tomorrow?

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 […]

My child has a learning need / a behaviour need / a physical need that means your school is the ONLY school for them. Is this the case?

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 […]

Why don’t you have playgrounds?

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 […]

Getting ready for Monday

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. […]

Alert Level 2 Update

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 […]

Moving towards Alert Level 2

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 – Info

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 […]

Friday 24 April – Info

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 – Info

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 […]