Taoroa School is a co-educational school for years 1 - 8 with a current role of 25 wonderful tamariki. We are located 20kms south east of Taihape and have students from Taoroa, Taihape and other rural districts who attend our school. In 2021 the school welcomed a new principal Lara Stevens, who along with a new Board of Trustees, have formed a new strategic plan and direction for the school and Taoroa community as a whole.
We are a proud, rural school that has a strong sense of connection to the whenua and prioritises authentic learning in our own backyard. The area around our school was settled very early by Māori and has a rich history which we are dedicated to learning more about. ‘Taoroa’ translated to English means ‘long spear’ and is used to describe the intersection where the Rangitikei and Moawhango rivers meet. “Ko te ngutuawa o Moawhango ki Rangitikei te Taoroa” refers to the mouth of the Moawhango river flowing into the Rangitikei River, forming the name Taoroa.
There are three values that underpin every decision made at Taoroa School:
Kia Kaha – Be Resilient
Kia Manawanui – Be Kind
Kia Manaaki – Be Respectful
Taoroa’s vision is to: Inspire life-long learners to be connected - engaged - empowered’. The tagline ‘Connected, Engaged, Empowered’ is a shortened version of this.