Learning Support | Whare Atawhai

The purpose of Whare Atawhai is to aid student learning. Students have the opportunity to learn in small group situations or one to one. A variety of experiences can be offered depending on students individual needs. These can range from extra support with literacy to enrichment programmes, examples are indicated below:

Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu – The Correspondence School

Te Kura offer a variety of courses that a school may not have available, are of high interest to the student and/or at a higher or lower level than their same age peers.
For entry into Te Kura please see the Principal first.

NCEA Support

Study Planning
Catch up time
Special Assessment Condition (SAC) Identification and Support


Students new to the school are buddied with another student and placed in classes according to their individual learning needs.


Referral to Whare Atawhai can be made by the teacher or the student based on identified strengths and/or needs.

Ongoing Resourcing Scheme – ORS

Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) funding is used to provide specialist services and support for students with the very highest needs for special education. ORS helps students join in and learn alongside other students at school. Any student who meets the ORS criteria is included in the scheme. At Opunake High School ORS funded students have programmes created specifically to meet their individual needs. Students may spend time in Whare Atawhai and also in mainstream classes.