"Golden Sands School is located south of Papamoa in the Bay of Plenty. A particular feature of the school is the aesthetically designed and well-presented learning environments and facilities. The school has experienced rapid, ongoing roll growth since opening in 2011. There were 410 students at the time of this ERO review and further growth is predicted throughout 2015 and 2016. Approximately 24% of students are of Māori descent with most affiliating to iwi outside the wider Tauranga area.
Since the ERO review in 2012, the principal has continued to provide high quality leadership for the school. There have been some changes to the senior leadership team and a substantial number of teachers have joined the staff due to continual roll growth. There have been major developments to the school property and grounds to accommodate the large increase in student numbers. Membership of trustees has been stable, and they have had useful training about their governance roles and responsibilities.
Students are catered for in five age-based, flexible learning spaces. These areas are specifically designed to promote high levels of collaboration between teachers and students. The outdoor areas are extensive and well equipped to encourage children to engage in active, creative play and exploration."
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