Tena Koutou Katoa

Ko Tararua tōku maunga

Ko Mangahao tōku awa

Ko Ballance tōku kura

Ko Sutton tōku whānau

Ko Brenda tōku ingoa

I am privileged to hold the position of principal at Ballance School. My passion is teaching and learning in a rural setting. At Ballance School we have an enriched localised curriculum with a focus on our outdoor learning areas, kids edible gardens and enviro-schools. In other words, we are a very family friendly, enviro school with a rural focus.

We are a small, very proud school that holdshigh expectations for our tamariki.  The Board of Trustees have set targets around literacy and numeracy this year alongside, well being and cultural responsiveness. These tie in with the Tararua Kāhui Ako of which we are a member of.

We aim for our tamariki to become independent learners who show whakaute/respect through self managment, participation and contribution, relating to others and using critical thinking skills.

We welcome new students to our school, we have a open door policy for our parents, whānau and wider community. Once your child turns four we love to start school visits for half a day once a week, increasing these as they become accustomed our routines and the learning environment.

Please feel free to as any questions should they arise when reading this.

Ka Kite Brenda