Welcome to Taumarunui High School

Here at Taumarunui High School, opportunities for learning abound with a range of subjects to suit even the most exacting study requirements. Courses and subjects offered are as diverse as farming and painting, computing and music, Japanese and Te Reo Maori. We are situtated in Taumarunui, the heart of the King Country where we have a great range of facilities and grounds, and impeccable surroundings to offer our students. We have a strong culture and history which drives our school forward, striving for excellence in all that we do.

Through this website, we showcase the very elements of Taumarunui High School which make us such a great place for the learning, growing and nurturing of our students into successful young adults of the world.

Message from the Principal

It is my pleasure, as Principal, to introduce you to Taumarunui High School. We have a proud tradition of welcoming international students from across the globe to our school, and support every student to feel like they belong in our wonderful part of the world. Our town is centrally positioned between Auckland and Wellington in the Heart of New Zealand's North Island. Taumarunui is located near the foot of Mount Ruapehu and at the convergence of the Whanganui and Ongarue rivers. Our school is steeped in tradition and opportunity, and we offer a high quality education in a caring, friendly environment.

We have fantastic school grounds, facilities and open areas where our students can relax and socialise. Our classrooms and buildings are regularly upgraded and have high quality equipment to aid learning and teaching and our teachers are passionate and committed.

We believe the people who will be successful in the future are those who are adaptable, who thrive on challenge, who have a strong sense of personal values, and who continue to improve themselves throughout their lives.

Through the New Zealand Curriculum we have had the opportunity to review our teaching and learning programmes and to focus on a range of learning opportunities that meet the needs of our students. We aim to produce young adults who are confident, who are connected to their communities, who strive for excellence and develop the skills to become lifelong learners.

I invite you to become part of a school community prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st Century with confidence and assurance.


John Rautenbach

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Meet this year's Head Students

Head Boy 2014 Tyrell Beck

Hi, my name is Tyrell Beck and I am Head boy of Taumarunui High School for 2014. I was born and raised on a farm in Taumarunui and have been going to Taumarunui High School since year 9. I have had many awesome opportunities at this school, not only in academics but also in the arts and sport. I went for Head Boy so I could give back to the school and to help change it for the better. I have a passion for Music, Dance and Drama but am also interested in Science and Maths. After school I would like to study Food Technology at Massey University. I am proud to be Head Boy for Taumarunui High School and am looking forward to a great year with Gabrielle, Caleb and Miriama.


Head Girl 2014 Gabrielle Smith

Kia Ora koutou
My name is Gabrielle Smith and I am the Head Girl for 2014. I am the sixth out of seven children to have attended Taumarunui High school. I have lived in Taumarunui all my life and have made the most out of the beautiful surroundings that Taumarunui offers such as the lakes/rivers Mt Ruapehu and sporting facilities that surround the area. I count myself lucky to have been raised in a community where everyone is so supportive, encouraging and understanding of one another. Through being a pupil at Taumarunui High School and growing up in my surrounding community I have gained many lifelong experiences that have truly shaped me into the person I am today. I look forward to the experiences and challenges that lie before me and the hard work and dedication that is to be put in, in order to make a great final school year, not only for myself but for my community and school.


Deputy Head Boy 2014 Caleb Mahu

Kia Ora
My Name is Caleb Mahu and I am Deputy Head boy for 2014. I moved from Tauranga to Taumarunui when I was 5 and attended Turaki Primary School. I enjoy playing Rugby and am very enthusiastic about my sport. This year I am looking forward to encouraging other students to give everything a go. I intend to work hard academically and do my best in sport.


Deputy Head Girl 2014 Miriama Thompson

Hi, my Name is Miriama Thompson, and I am the Deputy Head Girl for 2014. I grew up here in Taumarunui and attended Taumarunui Primary School. My Interests are netball and Kapa Haka. I Like to give things a go and do the best I can. I am confident that this year will be great with Tyrell, Gabe and Caleb.

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