Tauhara College


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Languages are alive and well at Tauhara College!

It is not enough to experience a language within the confines of the classroom and Tauhara is proud to be able to offer overseas trips to New Caledonia, France and Japan alternate years. For language students actually hearing people speak the language, rich in slang and different accents, is one of the best ways for it to sink in.

Language classes are enriched by the presence of many international students who have the ability to speak sometimes up to five languages. The department regularly hosts overseas school groups as well. This is very motivating for our kiwi English speaking students!

Students can choose to learn French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Maori and English as a second Language. These are available at all levels and students can work at multi level.

Subjects and Levels Taught
ESOL Years 9-13
French Years 9-13
Japanese Years 9-13
Maori Years 9-13
Spanish Years 9-12 
German All levels
Faculty Staff
Rebecca Harvey Head of Faculty, Spanish Years 9-11
Sensei Ferguson  ESOL, Japanese 
Whaea Atareta Maori - Years 9-13
Setsuko Sawada Japanese 9-12
Frau Williams and Frau Mertens German 9-12
Career Pathways
  • French, Japanese, Spanish, German and Maori at tertiary level (and a taste or interest in other languages)
  • Career paths involving tourism, international business, travel, teaching.

Languages students can access all classnotes and related activity on the Languages site. Students have access to wonderful language sites to listen to authentic language at Tauhara College. The faculty prides itself on being very computer literate and now have computers, data projectors and digital microphones in all classrooms.

Special Activities
  • Upcoming International trips
  • Japan 2016
  • Host groups from sister schools in Noumea, New Caledonia and Osaka, Japan
  • ICAS language competition in French and Japanese
  • International Languages Week
  • Dress up days
  • Student of the term morning tea with French, Japanese, Spanish and Maori food
  • Cooking and food days and restaurant visits
  • Access to interactive websites in languages
  • Use of Ultranet for extra activities
  • Learn Te Reo Māori
  • Learn history of Aotearoa
  • Marae trips for different kawa (protocols)
  • Māori Performing Arts (Culture)
  • Kapa Haka
  • Tiaki Tauira (Māori and Pacifica students mentoring initiative)
  • Māori Language Week

The Māori Department tries to contribute to the school life and create avenues for our tamariki to feel comfortable in their culture. We have the Kapa Haka group which runs every year and we do mainly local performances and the Tuwharetoa Festival.

Our other focus is Tiaki Tauira which is a mentoring initiative to guide our Māori and Pacifica students in their schooling life and achievement at Tauhara College.