Seven school values in particular have been identified over the last 30 years as being important to Tauhara College. They are important to our sense of school history and development.
This is something unique to Tauhara. It describes the way we want to be and how we operate on a daily basis. It describes a place, our school, where there is high achievement and high participation, with strong values, where respect and courtesy are paramount.
Thus we become a safe and friendly place, where high achievement is valued and we participate fully in a wide range of experiences that help us to grow us as people. Our vertical pastoral care system already means we are a school family, where everyone is known and valued. Having a school like this means that everyone is empowered and school days will be remembered fondly. So Tauharatanga is a description of who we are.
Historical School Values
- Achievement (Whainga),
- Caring (Manaakitanga),
- Honesty (Pono),
- Justice (Tokeke),
- Respect (Mana),
- Responsibility (Kawenga),
- Self Discipline (Whakahau a Tangata)
Historically then, our emphasis on values has been identified through school and community consultation, and these values underpin our existence. Our emphasis on Tauhara College values is explained further as follows:-
- To promote a sense of belonging - identity with and loyalty to College - by encouraging student participation in inter-canoe rivalry and with the wearing of uniform.
- To promote a sense of individual worth through the Guidance and Pastoral Care System, which is strengthened by teachers, tutors and deans working together to promote a tolerance and understanding of others, especially with ethnic differences, through powhiri, marae and hui and international relationship opportunities.
- To develop effective social relationships between students through peer support, vertical tutor groups and house and student leadership activities.
- To develop respect for others, including recognition of other students' efforts, through level and full assemblies, the courtesy and respect code and the discipline system, today known as Tauharatanga – the way we are.
- To promote honesty and integrity as important values.
- To promote the desire to achieve by recognizing student achievement with awards and acknowledgement in assemblies and other forums.
- To encourage the commitment of students to a goal through the Tauhara Awards system and meet the expectation that students will regularly attend practices and other obligations. The emphasis on achievement is part of this goal, reinforced in every aspect of the daily operation of our school. It will incorporate the new curriculum values implicit in the New Zealand curriculum.
- 21st Century values – the values of today.
Today, as a 21st Century school, a member of e-learning communities and a school with a modern, strategic vision, we use the values taken from the school emblem, the waka prow, which symbolizes how students enter the web of learning and gain direction and purpose for life. Therefore, it symbolizes the five values of artistry, discovery, community, leadership and excellence. These are the values appropriate for our voyage through the 21st Century, which we will hold at the forefront of our vision as we paddle our waka in the new direction.
The school emblem, the waka prow, symbolizes how students enter Tauhara College to participate in the web of learning and through their time here, they gain direction and purpose for life. It symbolizes the five values of artistry, discovery, community, leadership and excellence.