Welcome, Nau mai! Haere Mai!
The Education Review Office described our school as "an effective learning institution where Board & staff work diligently to provide students with high quality learning opportunities".
At Malfroy School we recognise that parents, extended families and caregivers are of fundamental importance to children's learning. This support is especially important in learning early literacy and numeracy skills. When your child begins at Malfroy School we will assess your child's prior knowledge and skills and build on those to develop the children into independent life long learners.
Features at Malfroy School Include:
"Te Korowai O To Matou Kura"-
"The Cloak of Our School".
"Te Korowai O To Matou Kura"- embraces the school community, which is held high by two birds of peace. Children adorn the top of the korowai.
They are 'nga taonga' (treasures) of our school.
Level 2 features: 'poutama' (stairway to heaven); ABC and 123 represent literacy and numeracy; baskets of knowledge- Te kete tuauri- traditions; Te kete tuatea- practical skills; Te kete aronui- love, peace and goodness; mangopare and mangopai for strength we gain from each other.
Level 3 depicts the skills and competencies the students will develop and use to fit the puzzle pieces of learning together. The handprints belong to the twelve students who assisted with the painting of this artwork. They were Ben Mc Adams, Aneesha Dahya, Georgina Mc Phee, Zara Molijn, Grace Bassett, Rain Gotz-Tier, Bailey Morrison, Sarah Oehlrich, Hana Sisay, Te Moana Ryan, Nieve Stephens, and Stevee-Lee Gardiner.
Central to Level 4 is the family with the two children playing with sports' balls. On the left we use the geyser to acknowledge our hometown of Rotorua. On the right 'nga hau e wha' (the four winds) acknowledges the multicultural nature of our school.
Level 5 features programs that help make Malfroy School unique. The Malfroy Sun takes centre stage incorporating the smiley face that students earn as part of our Key Competencies and Malfroy 8 Rules reward system. There are symbols that show we care about our students with special needs and our environment. We use the Trinomial Cube to represent the Montessori class, which is an integral part of our school.
Across Level 6 are the footprints of our students moving forward with confidence. The World dominated by our country, shows that New Zealand education of the 21st century prepares students for the global community. A puppet represents the arts and the three paint brushes acknowledges the three artists, Rangi Te Kanawa- Thompson, Jenny Brell and Raewyn Carpenter, who collaborated to design and complete this art work with the help of senior students.
Ko Tamanui te Ra te whare: Our school wharenui shining bright as suggested by his name. The house is flanked on either side by harekeke bushes. The harakeke depicts the nurturing family. The heart of the harakeke represents the children protected by the next layer of adult leaves to the outer leaves of the pakeke (elders).
The Cornerstone Values of consideration, respect, responsibility, kindness, compassion, honesty and truthfulness, obedience and duty weave through the mural as they do through everything we do at Malfroy School. The rainbow colours of the Cornerstone Values recognise the contribution of Ngati Whakaue to education-based programs delivered to selected students in our Rainbow Room.