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PA EROA COLLEGE
PO Box 144 Paeroa
PH 07 862 7579
Fax 07 862 75778
Mahi Tahi Kia Kaha - Strength thro ugh learning
Paeroa College has a proud record of providing an excellent standard of Secondary Education
to you, the community of Paeroa and its surrounding districts. These are some of the reasons
you should look at Paeroa College as a place where your child can continue their learning.
• The provision of a full academic programme accommodating individual needs
• Mentoring programmes for the junior students
• State of the art computer facilities
• Extra curricular opportunities including sports, kapa haka, music and drama
• A safe supportive learning environment at all levels
• A full programme of staff development to maintain up to date classroom strategies
• A focus on continual improvement at all levels
• Small class sizes
• A proactive approach in preventing physical and verbal abuse, property damage and
The world is a rapidly changing place and all school leavers need to be equipped with a skills
set which allows them to be adaptable to change. At Paeroa College we are aware of this need
and continue to initiate programmes to develop these skills so all our students can achieve
their personal best.
Paeroa College is at the fore front of educational change. With initiatives such as:
• Secondary Literacy, a Ministry of Education funded literacy programme where the focus
is clear on the needs of secondary students. It involves collecting literacy evidence about
students’ needs and developing teaching strategies to meet these needs.
• Te Kotahitanga, a national initiative to raise Maori student achievement.
• Student Engagement Initiative: the environment that our students grow up in is very
different from the one that parents know. Some students struggle to stay focussed on their
learning so we are assessing the key factors that influence students concentration and
motivation and working to change teaching practices.
Our aim is to develop confident, connected learners able to accept responsibility for their
actions and go out into the world proud of
who they are and where they are from.
Paeroa College - a college for the future.
(PAEROA – TE AROHA HIGHWAY)
PHONE/FAX: (07) 862 7086
Tirohia School aims to provide for all students, a positive, secure,
healthy learning environment which develops their academic and
social skills, enabling them to reach their full potential.
This will be achieved through high quality learning
programmes, provided by competent teachers
with community support.
We welcome pre-enrolment visits.
Mahi Tahi Kia Kaha (strength through unity
of purpose) is Paeroa College’s motto and for
Grant Aitken, who has been Principal for four
years, it’s about building “strength through
“I have high expectations for our students
– focusing on teaching and learning and
supporting them to succeed.
“Our NCEA results for 2010 continue to
improve on the previous year which is a credit
to our dedicated teaching staff.”
Nearly half the College’s roll are Maori stu-
dents, which Mr Aitken said is a very important
component of the school.
“We have a clear focus on developing
student leadership potential and our school
looks to provide opportunities to all students to
develop this capacity. The students become the
teachers and the kids walk in the gates proud
to say they go to Paeroa College.”
Sport is a clear focus for Paeroa College
students and many are involved in two or more
sporting codes. For a school with a roll a little
over 300 students, they achieve at an amazing
level in all areas of competition, consistently
winning games against schools more than
twice our size.
Mr Aitken said the staff at Paeroa College,
where he has worked for the past 16 years, are
as dedicated, hardworking and professional
as any he has worked with in his 28 year long
Tirohia is a school located five minutes
from Paeroa on the road to Te Aroha.
Tirohia has four dynamic and exciting
teachers who offer a wide range of ex-
perience and strengths to develop their
students into 21st century learners.
The school is at the end of their second
year of a three-year ICT contract which
has allowed the staff and students to
further develop their knowledge and
skills in this area.
Tirohia School has an exciting future
with strong links with pre-schools in
the area, sharing information so that
children are better prepared and in the
same way sharing expectations with
Paeroa College to make the transition
less stressful for our Y8 students moving
With both teachers and parents
working together Tirohia is committed to
meeting the high education levels set by
the national standards.
The school has two interactive white
boards, 21st century tools to teach 21st
century learners. Each teacher has a
Macbook laptop to prepare and plan
lessons to use with the activboards.
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