Description of the School
Taihape Area School was formed in 2005, when Taihape's Primary and Secondary Schools both amalgamated. The relocated TAS was officially opened in October 2009, by Hon. Simon Power and the Hon. Trevor Mallard. Taihape Area School is a 4 decile, composite co-educational school for Years 1 – 14, and offers a balanced education that meets the objectives of the National Educational Guidelines.
Taihape Area School has become the focus of a new concept in education and community interaction. It is one of the most technologically advanced schools built in NZ. All 29 learning spaces are provided with large interactive touch sensitive whiteboards linked to computer systems throughout the world. These screens have their own stereo sound systems, and any topic can be researched with ease.
The building has also been designed to facilitate interactive communication. At the heart of the school is 'The HUB', a café style meeting place, that links the multi-function centre, learning spacings, and administration block.
Senior and Junior classes have the opportunity to use modern facilities to enhance learning in music, media studies, theatre, and dance. Students have access to technological training in such areas as hospitality, agriculture, electronics, graphic design, automotive engineering, and building and construction.
The school has outdoor sporting facilities for netball, soccer, hockey, and tennis, with a multi-function centre that includes facilities to play basketball, badminton, table tennis and more. The multi-function centre can accommodate over 900 people and has an advanced digital sound system, motorized screen and remotely controlled stage lighting.