Message from

the Tumuaki-Principal

Kia ora e te whānau. Nau mai haere mai ki Te Aratai College – Welcome to Te Aratai College.

Te Aratai College is a place where every learner is known and valued as an individual and where whānau-school relationships matter. From Linwood High School 1954 to our re-opening as Te Aratai College in 2022, our school continues in 2023 its proud history and we welcome whānau who wish to know more about our community’s completely rebuilt and stunning school.

Te Aratai College is inspiring from the 650-seat theatre-standard auditorium to the sunny student centre and the student-friendly courtyards. Our design is for personalised student success and reflects the new name gifted to us by Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Te Aratai College, Pathway to the Sea.

Of course, new buildings alone do not necessarily improve education. The relationship with the teacher – he tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata – and the personalisation of learning are the key for this. However, there is also no doubt that new, purpose-built buildings and spaces that arise from these community values of relationships and personalisation contribute hugely to student success. 

Individuals learn best when who they are – language, culture, identity – is affirmed. Enhancing the mana and dignity of the individual is at the heart of Linwood College. “Ekea te pae kahukura – Ascend to the heights of excellence: This is Te Aratai College.

Linwood HS 1954; Linwood College 2000; Linwood College at Ōtākaro 2019; Te Aratai College 2022, 2023 and onwards.

Richard Edmundson