Tauhara College



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 Japan and other International destinations. 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
Japanese Years 9-13
Maori Years 9-13
Spanish Years 9-11
Video Conferencing Languages
German Years 11-13
French Years 10-13
Japanese Years 11-13
Spanish Years 11-13
Te Kura Correspondence
German All Levels
French All Levels
Spanish All Levels
Others As needed
Faculty Staff
Rebecca Harvey Head of Faculty, Spanish Years 11-13
Sensei Ferguson  ESOL, Spanish 
Whaea Atareta Maori - Years 9-13
Setsuko Sawada Japanese 9-13
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, diplomacy.

Language students can access classnotes and related activities on the Language Google classrooms. Students have access to a wonderful language site to listen to and practise with authentic language at Tauhara College called Education Perfect. The faculty prides itself on being very computer literate and have computers, Ipads, laptops, data projectors and digital microphones in all classrooms.

Special Activities
  • Upcoming International trips
  • Japan 2019
  • Host groups from schools in Osaka, Japan and China
  • International Languages Week
  • Cooking and food days and restaurant visits
  • Access to interactive websites in languages
  • Use of Google Classroom for extra activities
  • Cultural Studies
  • Learn Te Reo Māori
  • Learn history of Aotearoa
  • Marae trips for different kawa (protocols)
  • Māori Performing Arts (Culture)
  • Kapa Haka
  • 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.