Principals Message

Ngā mihi nui whānau; Nau mai haere mai ki te kura Tuatahi or Taumata.


Ko Waikato te awa;

Ko Taupiri te maunga; Ko Tainui te iwi;

Ko Ngāti Māhuta te hapu;

Ko Turangawaewae te marae;

Ko Genavier Fuller tōku ingoa.

Ko au te tumuaki i tenei kura

No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.


It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to Taumata School. I am very excited about my role here as Foundation Principal and the community we are creating together. The opportunity to be involved from the inception through to creation is a 'once in a career' opportunity; and one that the Board of Trustees and Foundation team take seriously.


Our collective mission is "to provide a personalised world class learning experience that prepares and empowers learners for the adventure that is life". Taumata School will be a place where everyone is a learner, and where learning is fun, relevant and purposeful. Our school vision lays the foundation with our strong belief and commitment to ensuring learners are "Empowered to learn; empowered for life".


The Board of Trustees, our Taumata team and I look forward to working in partnership with you as we ensure that Taumata School provides a world class learning experience and prepares your children for life.



Genavier Fuller Foundation Principal

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There is an evolving research base that suggests that appropriately designed learning environments have the potential to enhance learning for students. At Taumata School considerable thought has been given to the design of the learning environments and deliberate planning has gone into designing how learning can occur within the spaces.

Designing the Learning Spaces


Research suggests that when key elements are apparent, student learning can be improved. These elements include (M. Osborne; 2018):

  • Heat, Light and Ventilation: the closer that these elements reflect the natural environment, the more comfortable those within them feel.


  • Inclusive design: a commitment to and an understanding that we all learn in different ways. Some prefer to learn in quiet more intimate spaces; others prefer standing or sitting; others may prefer more social spaces and others may prefer choice around indoors or outdoors. In designing spaces that recognise this, there must be adequate choice for learners to select their preferred environment at any given time.


  • Sense of belonging: Students need to own their learning space and feel that they have input into and see themselves as a part of the environment. This includes space for reflecting learning outcomes and sharing new learning, spaces for belongings, ability to create learning spaces through flexible furniture options.
  • Variety and flexibility: Effective learning environments need to be flexible to adapt and meet the needs of learners. This can be achieved through the design of the learning environment as well as furniture. Variety is essential to learning.


  • Acoustic design: Traditional learning environments tend to accomodate all noise levels, whereas innovative learning environments aim to offer three acoustic zones, reflective/ creative (quiet); creative/interactive (conversational); and interactive/collaborative (noisier).


Designing Learning


The urge to form partnerships, to link up in collaborative arrangements, is perhaps the oldest, strongest and most fundamental force in nature. There are no solitary, free living creature; every form of life is dependent on other forms. Lewis Thomas.

At Taumata School we have spent considerable time researching what pedagogical and learning practices enhance learning. We believe in the significant potential of co-teaching and collaborative teaching models. Co-teaching is two or more people sharing responsibility for teaching all of the students in that classroom.
Villa, Thousand & Nevin, 2008.

At Taumata School we believe that co-teaching will:

  • Enable us to better meet the needs of a variety of learning
  • Build the capacity of our team as we open up and observe practice
  • Allow greater job satisfaction - collective responsibility
  • Enable improved examination and diagnosis of needs
  • Improve communication and relationships

Our Team




Gen Fuller


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Jacq Price

Deputy Principal

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Michael Rankin

Deputy Principal

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Arlenna Porteners

Matarawa Learning Coach

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Natalie Ward

Mauao Learning Coach

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Sean Clarke

Matarawa Learning Coach

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Pippa Woods

Mauao Learning Coach

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Sjaan McDivitt

Pūwhenua Learning Coach

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Dan Priest

Pūwhenua Learning Coach

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Kathy Hughes

Learning Support/English Language

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Sandi Valentine

Mauao Learning Coach

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Sharon Baggaley

Mauao Learning Coach

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Trudi Fausett

Matarawa Learning Coach

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Leonie Belk

Pūwhenua Learning Coach

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Vanessa Le Roux

Office Administrator

Board of Trustees

Tom Roberts

Kat Storey

Andrew Tarr

Gen Fuller

Jacq Price


School Visits


Since opening in February 2019 we have welcomed many visiting guests.  Visitors to our school are often interested in the development of our vision, principles and practices; our collaborative teaching approach; the way our flexible learning spaces operate; and our commitment to experiential learning.

In order to establish our school we have drawn on the experiences and research of many professional educators.  We are therefore committed to sharing our journey and 'giving back' to our educational community.

Experience Visit:

Our standard 'experience' visits are free of charge.  We have a limited number of these each term.  Visits take place from 9am-11am and are limited to 20 spaces.

The experience visit will provide:

  • A brief overview of the establishment of Taumata School
  • Vision, Principles and Practices and how these inform our practice
  • Tour of Taumata School
  • Questions, Queries and Discussion
Name of school or organisation: *
Name of contact: *
Contact email address: *
How many people will be visiting? *
When would you like to visit? *




Customised Educational Visit:

Are you after something more customised to your professional learning journey?  Are you interested in something that better aligns to your needs?  We offer 'bespoke' educational visits which provide more in-depth learning about learning at Taumata School.  Due to the 'people resource' and time spent to plan for your visit there will be cost.  Please enquire at [email protected] for more information.

Possible customised visits might include:

  • Vision, principles and practices development
  • Overview of learning and teaching at Taumata School
  • Tour of school
  • Experiential Learning Approaches: learning through plan; project-based learning
  • Collaborative teaching approaches and creating cohesive teams
  • Time in Learning Studios

Our Logo


It symbolises:

Enduring connections between land, air and water. Aspiration for achievement and success (one’s own pinnacle). The empowerment of learners for the local, national and global scene. Connections between all learners and the community. The adventure that is life.

The logo is based around a triangular shape which symbolises the concept of reaching the pinnacle. Within the shape there is connection to tuakana and teina (older and younger learning relationships) the life force of water (Kopurererua stream and Tauranga Moana) along with ascending stairs (the poutama steps towards profound learning).

An additional abstract connection that can be drawn is with the koru recognising the two Maunga (mountains Puwhenua and Otanewainuku); the stream resource and wetlands and four poutama steps recognising the four learning studios within the school.

The Taumata School logo has been designed through a consultative process by Coredesign.

Empowered to learn | Empowered for life

Opening February 2019

Opened February 2019