The 2012 Charter has been approved by the Ministry of Education.


Our Inspiration

A mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”   Plutarch, 46 – 120 AD

Our Motto

Haere Mai Me Ako Tatou

Our Mission

Our community’s children are our mission.  They need knowledge, motivation, and confidence to progress, achieve, and succeed in school, and in life.  We develop their ability and desire for life-long learning.  We support their personal growth and natural curiosity within a unique, happy, and caring family atmosphere.

Our Values

Our school values are shared by the Board, Principal, Staff, Students, Parents/Whanau, and Community.  Our values are exactly those of the New Zealand Curriculum, namely:

  • Excellence
  • Innovation, Inquiry and Curiosity
  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Community and Participation
  • Ecological Sustainability
  • Integrity
  • Respect

Our Vision

At Te Tii School, we have a clear, positive vision of our future.  We will:

  • guide and encourage each student to develop their individuality, creativity, abilities, and interests
  • be problem-solvers and risk-takers, searching for improvement by experimenting, and evolving by learning from our mistakes
  • develop positive behaviours and values, self-confidence, and respect for ourselves and others
  • make learning “real-world” and create an atmosphere of “can-do” and “do-it-yourself”
  • build student engagement by increasing the relevance, purposefulness, cohesion, variety and fun of our activities
  • challenge students to take charge of their own learning and their own school
  • develop and align our teaching and learning resources to meet our students needs
  • adapt our teaching practice to meet our student’s needs and abilities, and the realities of our resources
  • guide and encourage students in exploring the full richness of the New Zealand Curriculum
  • prioritise literacy and numeracy achievement, setting a “no-exceptions, no-excuses” standard
  • balance a modern, forward-looking outlook with deep respect and knowledge of our history, traditions, culture, and ancestry
  • operate smoothly, efficiently, responsibly, ethically and lawfully
  • have appealing, functional, and safe buildings and grounds, and adapt these over time to the changing needs of our students
  • nurture two-way communication with parents, whanau, and the community
  • build our roll by building our appeal into the wider Purerua community and beyond, and by emphasising our inclusive nature, welcoming students of all backgrounds and cultures
  • seek community support, but also give back to the community
  • become a centre of excellence for Waka Ama (Maori outrigger canoeing), sustainability, robotics and chess
  • collaborate with other schools, learning from their successes and failures, and sharing our own
  • prepare our students to thrive and excel in high school
  • be a good employer, working to professionally develop our board, principal, and staff