Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini

Success is not the work of one, but the work of many

Tirohia School is a special place. A place that I fall in love with more and more each day. She is a grand old lady who this year celebrates her 100th birthday.

She is small but that is what makes her special. People often wonder if a bigger school might offer more for a child, but bigger isn't always better. Research shows that children are less likely to be overlooked or isolated in small schools.

Everybody is needed for teams and activities. Children in small schools come to know each other to a greater degree than is even imaginable in big schools. Tirohia is no exception. We are all one big whanau and as the little people from my class would say ... we are all cousins.

Everyone knows everyone, we all know each others little quirks and idiosyncrasies and we all just go with the flow. Everyone at Tirohia feels valued because we all know each other so well.

Being a small school also means a small staff, being small makes it easier to communicate, we work together to build high quality learning experiences that are relevant for our tamariki.

The extended whanau also adds to the Tirohia magic. Being small, knowing our kids, knowing our staff and knowing you is important. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata ... it is about the people .. all 3 ... the kids, the staff and the whanau. All of us working together to help these tamariki to Aim high and reach for the sky.

Angela Blank