My name is Darrel Goosen and I am so privileged to be the Principal of Matakana School. To manage this awesome primary school I have a capable management team assisting me.
Our Deputy Principal in charge of the Junior School is Maryann Steel and our Assistant Principal in charge of the Senior School is Neil Hatfull (pictured right). Maryann and Neil have both been part of Matakana School for many years and have seen it grow from a small rural school into a modern semi-rural decile 9 school of over 320 students. Their experience is invaluable.
Matakana School is nestled in the picturesque Matakana Valley and has a rich history that spans 150 years. For most of those years, it was a small rural school catering for the needs of the local farming community. Over the past 10 years however it has experienced rapid growth as farming and agriculture diversified and the village grew. Through all of this, Matakana School has remained the school of choice and still retains its community feel, connection and spirit.
Taking students beyond expectations!
Our students are just delightful! They strive to be mature, articulate, goal driven, inquiring and caring. Students enjoy and are engaged in their learning. At Matakana School our students have modern facilities and great teachers who work hard as a team to provide the best possible learning opportunities for them. Our exciting school curriculum is centred in our Kowhai Inquiry Learning model and is real, rich, relevant and respectful. We are focused on student achievement and are proud of our quality literacy and numeracy practices. Information and communication technologies are fully integrated into every classroom and the school operates on a wireless system.
In addition, outdoor education, sporting pursuits and the arts are given a high profile to ensure a balanced curriculum for our students. Our school has an all-weather running track, ample court space, sports fields, play-grounds, heated swimming pool and huge modern hall.
We have a very close association with our preschool centres, parents, whanau and the wider community as we endeavour to keep Matakana School the school of choice.
You are most welcome to pop in any time for a cuppa and a tour – it’s a magic place!
Ka kite ano!