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Brooklyn School

Brooklyn School is a rural, family oriented, full primary school of five classes (Year 0 - Year 8). Recent role growth has seen the establishment of our fifth class and roll projections are set to maintain U3 status over coming years.

The school is located 7 km west of Motueka at the foot of the Brooklyn Valley, serving children from families involved in local horticulture and agriculture and also from Motueka township. Access is provided via three school buses which are owned by the school. One serves the Ministry of Education run which includes Westbank Road and Brooklyn Valley, whilst another serves Riwaka and Motueka township.

The grounds and buildings are a source of pride to the community, and continued development has seen the administration area and senior toilet block upgraded. The latest addition is a 25 m pool, funded via a Community Trust grant and Ministry of Education property funds.

A strong school ethic is prevalent and can be encapsulated in three statements: "Be kind, be courteous, be responsible." Children can frequently be heard correcting new pupils with the statement, "We don't do that here ".

Pupils receive a quality education covering all aspects of the New Zealand curriculum. Achievement in reading and mathematics is, overall, above national norms. A unique feature of the school is the integrated teaching approach that has been developed, which sees children having input into school organisation, teaching and learning and participation in community events. Outdoor education is a feature and includes annual camps, community sports and annual whole-school beach trips.

As well, we participate in school-wide cooperative activities such as maths, art, peer reading, sports, drama, and produce annual concerts with community involvement. We have provided a set of laptops for pupil use and extended children's physical capabilities via provision of unicycles and stilts.

Visiting artists perform regularly at the schools so that the children's interest in the arts is stimulated. The school also has a regular cycle of whole school musical productions, junior productions and participation in interschool stage performances.

The school prides itself in providing a well rounded education. The community is very supportive of the school and well represented by a committed Board of Trustees.

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Postal Address: Umukuri Rd, Brooklyn, RD3 Motueka
Phone: 528 9330
Fax: 528 9574