Tamariki School

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Tamariki School
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Tamariki School
86 St Johns Street,
Christchurch,
New Zealand
Coordinates 43°32′48″S172°41′22″E / 43.5467°S 172.6895°E / -43.5467; 172.6895 Coordinates: 43°32′48″S172°41′22″E / 43.5467°S 172.6895°E / -43.5467; 172.6895
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TypeState, Co-educational, Primary
Mottoknow thyself
Established1966
Ministry of Education Institution no. 4143
PrincipalSamuel Smith
School roll52 [1] (November 2020)
Socio-economic decile4 [2]
Website www.tamariki.school.nz
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School sign

Tamariki is the oldest ‘free school’ in New Zealand and one of the oldest in the world. It was founded in 1966 by a group of parents and teachers interested in preventive mental health. It is located in the Christchurch suburb of Woolston.

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Its name is the Māori word for young children.

Special Character

Mistakes are regarded as important learning information and grading is never done. No adult has the right to demand to see the child’s work and such access is always under the child’s control. The children also have a very large measure of control over the environment; the adults in the school defer their need for a tidy environment to the child’s need to experience cause and effect; to experience why order is desirable.

The school is loosely modelled on Summerhill School.

Originally a private school, owned and operated by the parents, Tamariki integrated into the state system as a Special Character school in 1990.

Notes

  1. "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  2. Decile change 2007 to 2008 for state & state integrated schools

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