About us 

In September 1946 Mangakino Primary School consisted of a large hut containing one teacher and 13 pupils. Post-primary students traveled daily to school in Putaruru. A Mangakino District High School was built in 1948 and by 1954 held the record for the largest student population in New Zealand. Mangakino School is now a full Primary made up of years 1-8. 

We live our school MANA values everyday.

Our Localised Curriculum is an ongoing co-construction process in partnership with our students, staff, whanau, community, iwi, and wider community networks. It is a true representation of the desired educational outcomes of our whanau for our students and their futures.

The aim of our Curriculum is to teach our children about who they are, connect them to their place, and provide them with rich and authentic contexts for learning - "to grow me is to know me".

The Whare Tapa Wha model heavily influences and supports the well-being of all people. We focus on the whole person, ensuring that our relationships are authentic, genuine and purposeful.

We are a unique school, situated beside the great Lake Maraetai, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Fortunately, we have space to grow and develop Maara Kai, an Orchard, a Farm, and play spaces that foster curious and creative minds. A space where whanau can freely come and learn alongside their tamariki.

Our children engage in current and up-to-date Literacy and Numeracy practices, Te Ao Maori, and STEM. Our Oranga Matua/The Principles of Living Programme provides Education Outside the Classroom, Sporting, and sustainable practices opportunities in the environment. 

We firmly believe that it takes a village to raise a child, therefore supporting the wider community and engaging at our local Marae, Sports Clubs, and projects alongside the Taupo District Council, are valuable and important aspects of who we are as a school.