Matahui School - 25/01/2012


On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that Matahui Road School meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989.

1 Background

The Chief Review Officer has a statutory duty to report on the performance of private schools throughout New Zealand.

Section 35I of the Education Act 1989, requires the Education Review Office (ERO) to review fully registered private schools, and to report to the Ministry of Education on whether each school continues to meet the criteria for full registration. Matahui Road School is fully registered.

This review report was prepared in accordance with standard procedures approved by the Chief Review Officer.

2 Criteria for Registration

Matahui Road School is located near Katikati in the Bay of Plenty. The trustees and principal have recently consulted with the school community to review the school’s mission statement, strategic direction and curriculum. The newly developed mission statement, ‘inspiring creativity, self esteem and love of learning within a caring family community’, underpins the school’s curriculum and is evident in the school learning environment. The school’s curriculum is closely aligned to The New Zealand Curriculum.

There are 98 students on the roll, including an increased number of students who identify as Māori. Students learn and play in well maintained, attractive and spacious grounds. Classrooms, equipment and resources are suitable for the range and age of students. Extra teaching spaces include a multipurpose room, music area and library.

Since the previous ERO review in 2009, three new teachers have been appointed. All classroom teachers are fully qualified and registered. Trustees have funded extensive professional development in numeracy and writing and this is having a positive impact on classroom practice. The principal and ERO agree that a next step for school development is to continue this professional learning for teachers to further enhance strategies and practices that support students to have greater ownership of their learning, achievement and progress.

Teachers have established and maintain positive, caring links with students, their families and each other. Features of the school are the cooperative and supportive relationships that students have for one another. Parents’ contributions, experience and expertise are valued and welcomed. These relationships foster a caring, family like-community.

Students have ample opportunity to engage in a broad curriculum that places emphasis on literacy, mathematics, the arts and outdoor education. Most students achieve at or above the levels of their peers nationally in reading and mathematics. A well-planned programme of education outside the classroom provides students with hands on, authentic learning experiences including physical challenge, leadership and social development. All students have opportunities to participate in engaging musical performance programmes.

Trustees and the principal work cohesively in the best interests of the school. They plan strategically and have a reflective approach to school improvement.

The school’s managers have attested that they comply with the provisions of section 35G in respect to their being fit and proper person(s) to manage the school.

3 Other Statutory Obligations

There are good systems in place for the school’s managing body to be assured that its other statutory obligations are met.

4 Other Matters

Provision for international students

Matahui Road School is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students (the Code) established under section 238F of the Education Act 1989. At the time of this review there were no international students attending the school.

The school has attested that it complies with all aspects of the Code.

Provision for students in the school hostel

Matahui Road School does not have a school hostel.

5 Conclusion

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that Matahui Road School meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989.

Makere Smith National Manager Review Services Northern Region (Acting)

25 January 2012

About the School


Near Katikati, Bay of Plenty

Ministry of Education profile number


School type

Full Primary (Years 1 to 8)



School roll


Gender composition

Boys 49 Girls 49

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā

Other European

NZ Māori






Review team on site

November 2011

Date of this report

25 January 2012

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Accountability Review

February 2009

February 2006

October 2002