- Tamariki School
Infobox NZ school
name =Tamariki School
type = State, Co-educational, Primary
address =86 St Johns Street,
principal = Di Scullin
decile = 4 [ [http://www.minedu.govt.nz/web/downloadable/dl7698_v1/decile-changes-2007-2008-web-state-s-integ.xls Decile change 2007 to 2008 for state & state integrated schools] ]
homepage = [http://www.tamariki.school.nz/ www.tamariki.school.nz]
Tamariki is the oldest ‘free school’ in
New Zealandand one of the oldest in the world. It was founded in 1966by a group of parents and teachers interested in preventative mental health. It is located in the Christchurchsuburb of Linwood.
Its name is the
Māoriword for young children.
Mistakes are regarded as important learning information and grading is never done. No adult has the right to demand to see the child’s work and such access is always under the child’s control. The children also have a very large measure of control over the environment; the adults in the school defer their need for a tidy environment to the child’s need to experience cause and effect; to experience why order is desirable.
The school is loosely modelled on
Originally a private school, owned and operated by the parents, Tamariki integrated into the state system as a Special Character school in 1990.
* [http://www.tamariki.school.nz/ Official website]
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