We have recently been able to invest over half a million dollars into significant land and building improvements after our 5 Year Agreement funding was more than doubled by the Ministry of Education. We have also made a substantial investment in our ICT infrastructure and computer hardware through SNUP (School Network Upgrade Programme) to ensure that our students have the best and most up to date learning resources.
Our philosophy is that all pupils should learn to care for themselves, each other and their community and be open and excited about sharing each other’s successes. The pupils should also be challenged to reach their full potential, helping and encouraging them to develop talents, self-worth, respect and pride in achievement. This is reflected in the principles of our curriculum by having high expectations for students to learn, to excel and to be given space to grow from children into confident, young adults ready for the next stage of their learning. We are committed to ‘bringing alive’ the NZ Curriculum’s ‘front-end’ as well as addressing all the needs of its ‘back-end’ or Learning Areas.
The ‘front-end’ of our country’s curriculum entrusts us with the all-important task of helping our children develop as successful people as well as talented learners who have positive values, a sense of their cultural identity, an engagement in their community and who build capabilities in the five key competencies [Thinking; Relating to Others; Using language, symbols and text; Managing Self; Participating and Contributing] to set themselves up as life-long learners. The New Zealand Curriculum’s ‘back-end’ identifies all the skills and knowledge that children are expected to learn and at what ages they are meant to attain these skills and this knowledge. The eight Learning Areas are: English; Mathematics and Statistics; Science; Social Sciences; Health and Physical Education; Technology; The Arts; and Learning Languages.