Learning and Classes

Learning and Classes

Mahana School provides learning through being social, exploration, inquiry, and self-reflection. In every class, the focus is on encouraging belief, effort and inspiration. We aim to develop the strategies and processes involved in learning and self-growth, creating unique opportunities to prepare our students to live happy, thoughtful, creative, and fulfilling lives.

We are developing 'Visible Learning' through Professor Russell Bishop's 'Relationship Based Learning'. We encourage 'Growth Mindsets' and value 'Effort and Progress'.

Each class captures and shares learning and communicates to parents through the 'Seesaw' App.

We want our students to have strong values and realise their potential. 

We aim for them to have mahanatanga in their hearts and the world in their hands now and in the future.


Year 1 - 3

Rāhiri means 'to welcome', 'be appreciated, accepted and encouraged', reflective of Mahana's warmth and support for our younger students and wider whānau.


Year 3 - 5

Ngākaupai translates to 'goodhearted, positive, helpful and valuable', relating to our middle school students' attitudes and caring nature.


Year 5 - 8

Manawanui means 'to be steadfast, to have determination and perseverance', also to be 'dependable', characteristics that are expected from our older students as leaders in the school.