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Mararoa School

Mararoa School is located at The Key within the Te Anau Basin. The Key is the gateway to Fiordland and some of the most beautiful scenery and natural wonders of the world.

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Welcome to Mararoa School

At Mararoa School it is our vision to provide each one of our children with Key Learning for Life's Journey.

Our school equips children with the skills and knowledge to become positive, responsible learners and enables them to embark upon a life long journey of learning.

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If you would like further information about our school, please contact the school office and we will forward a school information pack which contains our information booklet, enrolment details and relevant forms.

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Leadership Program

Leaders are often made, not simply born. We are dedicated to sparking the leadership potential that’s inside every young person through practical, inspirational events and leadership resources.

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Latest School News

March 18, 2022

Mararoa Swimming Celebration

Today we held our swimming celebration. What an amazing bunch of swimmers we have! This, alongside such a supportive and encouraging peer group, our celebration has been a huge success. The teachers' have all seen improvement in the children's swimming technique across the swim strokes, and it was good to be able to see across the school just what everyone could do.

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August 02, 2021

A Doubtful Tour with Anya Forest

On Monday 2 August the Hoiho Class had the opportunity to step back in history with author Anya Forest - Fiordland Fables as we got to visit locations and meet real-life characters from our class novel A Doubtful Detour. The first stop on our mystery tour was the Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn where Paul spoke of his time at the Manapouri Power Station and explained the diagrams and dials found in the pub. Next local pilot Kylie from Wings and Water discussed her passion for climbing, the equipment you need and all of the amazing places she had visited. Anya then shared artefacts and items that inspired her writing of the two novels, both set in the Fiordland wilderness. After a yummy morning tea, we made our way to Murrells Grand View House and learnt more about the history of the Murrell family. One of the original tourist providers, and also helping to set the path for tramping in the area. Aaron Nicholson was great at answering questions about the changes to the building and the site over the past 130 years. The afternoon involved a trip to Lake Te Anau to explore two of the Real Journeys boats. We got to see the engine room of the Luminosa as well as take a trip on the Pilgrim built in 1910. We would like to give a huge thank you to Anya for bringing her book to life for us and letting us experience the history of our own backyard with excitement. Thank you to all of those that came to speak to the students today and answered their many questions.

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June 21, 2021

Auckland Leadership Camp

Day. 1 Good leaders need to develop resilience, adaptability and patience. These students definitely learnt this today with our first flight out of Invercargill being cancelled and the only way to get to Auckland was an evening flight out of Queenstown. We burnt off some of the car trip energy with a few games of lazer tag. Later students shopped on both a budget and space limitation, before hopping on our flight. Day. 2 Today we travelled to Manaukau on the train to attend the Grip Leadership conference and develop a plan to improve our ability to lead. Later we checked out the views of the greater Auckland area with a trip up the Sky Tower. This we followed by a very yummy buffet meal at the Fortuna Restaurant at Sky City. Day. 3 Day 3 saw us bus out to the Auckland Zoo to learn about a variety of animals. Later some students explored the Auckland Art Gallery that had paintings from the 1600’s as well as modern art installations. We rounded the evening off with the Ice Slide in Aotea Square. Day 4 Another big day. We spent the morning exploring sea creatures at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium. In the afternoon we learnt about the past at Auckland Museum The whole day was topped off by watching the first performance of The Lion King - Musical at Spark Arena.

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June 11, 2021

Arrowtown Field Trip

On Friday 11 June we had a fabulous day exploring the past at Lakes District Museum in Arrowtown for our Inquiry topic of Ka Mua, Ka Muri (Walking Backwards into the Future). Students were taken back in time to 1860 and attended a Victorian school lesson in Miss Grey’s school house. A few boys got the cane when they were caught in the girls playground on a Sunday, instead of being at church. Students then toured the historic buildings in Arrowtown, so we could build our understanding of how the early Chinese and European gold miners lived. The Chinese Village, town gaol, church, and houses of now sainted nuns were all discussed and explored. Our day ended with Amanda from Lakes District Museum teaching us how to pan for gold. Many students had their patience rewarded with a shiny fleck of treasure to take home.

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