Taihape Area School is a composite Co-educational School for Years 1 – 13, and offers a balanced education that meets the Objectives of the National Educational Guidelines. The students attending the school come from a large geographical area, and many of the students travel to school each day by bus.
Taihape Area School has become the focus of a new concept in education and community interaction. It is one of the most technologically advanced schools built in NZ. All 29 learning spaces are provided with large interactive touch sensitive whiteboards linked to computer systems throughout the world. These screens have their own stereo sound systems, and any topic can be researched with ease.
The building has also been designed to facilitate interactive communication. At the heart of the School is 'The HUB', a Café style meeting place that links the Multi-Function Centre, Junior, and Senior areas of the School, and the Administration Block.
All Senior and Junior classes have the opportunity to use modern facilities to enhance learning in music, media studies, theatre, and dance. Students have access to technological training in such areas as hospitality, agriculture, electronics, graphic design, automotive engineering, and building and construction.
The School has outdoor sporting facilities for netball, soccer, hockey, and tennis, with a Multi-Function Centre that includes facilities to play basketball, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, and more. The Multi-Function Centre can accommodate over 900 people and has an advanced digital sound system, motorized screen, and remotely controlled stage lighting.
The School promotes high levels of academic achievement, as well as participation in a wide range of sporting, and cultural activities.
Taihape Area School is situated in a unique part of New Zealand, surrounded by much natural beauty and offering many recreational opportunities. Taihape sits in a natural basin surrounded by hills and rivers, and is within touching distance of Mount Ruapehu and Lake Taupo. Taihape is accessed by State Highway 1, which provides ready links with Palmerston North and Wellington in the South, and Taupo, the Bay of Plenty, and Auckland in the North.
Taihape Area School offers an opportunity for Overseas Students to sample the genuine kiwi experinece, to perhaps live on a farm, or in an iconic New Zealand town. The School will offer the following programmes: