“Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia ō tātou mahi”
Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.
Our school is part of the global initiative, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL). The initiative aims to foster deep learning so that all learners contribute to the common good, address global challenges and flourish in a complex world. The NPDL teaching framework we use is focused on developing global competencies: character, citizenship, creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking.
Our teachers strive to design learning experiences that build on learner strengths, create new knowledge using real-life problem solving and help all students identify their talents, purpose and passion. Students immerse themselves in the topic they are studying. The topic is one that is purposeful and meaningful to our students. They investigate the location, historical background, current situation, issues and problems associated with the topic. Once they become highly knowledgeable on the topic they then drive their own inquiry.
Our students spend most of their day with their homeroom teachers who teach Literacy, Mathematics, Physical Education and Health, Outdoor Education and Information and Communication skills. Students receive specialist teaching for Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Technologies and Science onsite from our specialist teachers. All teachers, across the school, use the NPDL framework to foster deep learning.