"Hapori" describes a group, family or community. In our collaborative teaching environment, each Hapori is made up of one or two year levels, who work together in a shared learning space, with multiple teachers. Within each Hapori are smaller whanau groups (or home groups). Every student has a home-group teacher who they spend time with daily, as well as working with all teachers in their Hapori, as appropriate for their individual learning needs.
Since The Gardens School opened, we have used bird names for our classes and this continues with the naming of our 2018 Hapori. Year 0-1, Kiwi; Year 2-3, Pukeko; Year 4, Kotuku; Year 5-6, Piwakawaka and Year 7-8, Kahu. For more information about each Hapori, check out their Hapori Pages by clicking on the relevant bird icon above.
We also have the Matanga Hapori which is our group of Specialist Teachers. Students work with most of these teachers in the course of the year, as part of our specialist teaching programme.