Special Education – Te Whare Atawhai

TWA  ( Te Whare Atawhai)

Te Whare Atawhai, ‘The House of Kindness’, is a very special part of Westland High School. It is a centre for nurturing and development that all students can access but in particular students in need.

We are well resourced for pastoral and academic needs and welcome students across all levels of the school. Westland High School is committed to catering for a diverse range of student capabilities and recognises that success looks different for different people. We celebrate all successes, small or large, on a daily basis.

Te Whare Atawhai  has a team of experienced teacher aides who come and go from TWA and are seen working throughout the school to best meet the needs of our students. A number of support agencies visit Te Whare Atawhai regularly to support mainstream students and those with more diverse needs including:

  • Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB)
  • Special Education
  • Resource Teacher of Literacy (RTlit)

Our students are very active in the community. TWA students are very active with Riding for the Disabled, Aquafit and Special Olympics, and they participate and compete regularly throughout the year. Te Whare Atawhai staff continue to have contact with those that have transitioned into the workplace and life beyond school.

Although TWA is very much a ‘family’, we are also an integral part of the whole school. Our students are welcomed and participate in as much of the school life as possible. Current and past TWA students have been included and have excelled in Physical Education with special programmes run and supported by senior and middle school students. In addition, some have completed art boards in painting and printing and even completed part of a cooking course through Tai Poutini.

Te Whare Atawhai embraces the mantra of Special Olympics: ‘everyone is a winner!’