Happy New Year! School starts at 8:55am on Wednesday 1st February. See you soon!
Term Dates 2023
Term 1: Wed 1 Feb – TBA
Term 2: TBA
Term 3: TBA
Term 4: TBA
WELCOME TO MANUREWA WEST
From the Principal’s Pen
Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Malo e le lei, Kia orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Bula Vinaka, Namaste, Asalam u alaykum, Nihau o, and Hello
One has only to visit Manurewa West Primary School once, to understand the special, collaborative and inclusive kaupapa we have established for our entire community of akonga and whānau. Our school hapori, exudes energy and a passion for learning.
The Manurewa West Primary kaupapa is to develop the whole child based on Mason Durie’s ‘Te Whare Tapa Whā’ model – the four cornerstones (or sides) of Māori health:
The power of this model and the elements cannot be overstated following two challenging years of Covid-19.
The students at Manurewa West Primary School not only learn, they have fun as well, embraced within a korowai of manākitanga and aroha by dedicated staff and school community where students are at the center of everything we do. We are inclusive, culturally, and socio-economically diverse. This richness supports the developing minds, a love of learning, enriches experiences, fosters critical thinking, expands horizons, and grows manākitanga and kotāhitanga, within a safe school environment.
We believe in the value of bringing together children of differing strengths, abilities, and talents. With an outstanding team of Senior Leaders, Teachers and Support Staff , Manurewa West Primary School students are supported to succeed, become lifelong learners, and build a strong foundation alongside whānau/parents to prepare each child as they move through the various phases of schooling and the complexities of life.
Our School Vision: “Dream, Believe, Fly” sums up why Manurewa West Primary School is a stand out school in Manurewa. Whanaungatanga is at the heart of our kaupapa, we are a school of high expectations and excellence, relationships are woven into everything we do, are well resourced, innovative, and collaborative. Haere mai, come have a look for yourself!
Nga mihi nui
Once there were two Chiefs who each had a son. The sons were named Tamapahure and Tamapahore. Both Tamapahure and Tamapahore wished to build their homes near Matukutūreia. To decide who will build their home here, the sons decided to hold a competition.
The two brothers held the competition on the top of Matukuturua. Kites (Manu Aute) were used in the competition, the kite that flew the highest would win. During the competition, Tamapahore’s ascended the highest so Tamapahure caused his cord to tangle that of his brother and break it. Tamapahore’s kite drifted towards Hauraki. Which is where we get the name, Te Manurewa o Tamapahore (the drifted-away kite of Tamapahore).
The birds are symbolic of kites, as well as the breeding sanctuary of the Manukau Harbour and the migration journeys many of our bird species take.
The sea represents Manurewa’s closeness to the Manukau Harbour, being on the West Coast of Auckland.
The spouting water symbolises in its koru form, the connection we have with our Maori Culture, growing multi-cultures and the pride we have in our identity.
The sun represents light and energy, therefore brightness and warmth. The horizon of the sea is symbolic of the future.