Tawhero School will endeavour in a climate of aroha and co-operation to provide a positive learning environment for the academic, physical, cultural, social and emotional growth of its tamariki.
We will provide quality teaching and learning opportunities to enable students to be:
Be comfortable with who they are
Develop goals for themselves
Develop a positive attitude towards learning
Be caring, respectful and responsible
Be effective users of communication tools
Be responsible members of the community
Participate in a range of contexts to develop life skills
Develop skills to acquire learning informed decision makers
Make lifelong choices
Are literate and numerate
Are critical and creative thinkers
Our values are AROHA, WHAKAPONO and TUMANAKO
Creating High Expectations and Learning to Learn
The curriculum supports and empowers all students to learn
and achieve personal excellence, regardless of their individual circumstances.
Treaty of Waitangi
The curriculum acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand. All students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga.
The curriculum reflects Aotearoa New Zealand’s cultural diversity and values the histories and traditions of all its people
The curriculum is non-sexist, non-racist, and non-discriminatory; it ensures that students’ identities, languages, abilities and talents are recognised and affirmed and that their learning needs are addressed.
Learning to Learn
The curriculum encourages all students to reflect on their own learning processes and to learn how to learn.
The curriculum has meaning for students, connects with the wider lives, and engages the support of their families, whānau and communities
The curriculum offers all students a broad education that makes links within and across learning areas, provides for coherent transitions, and opens up pathways to further learning.
The curriculum encourages students to look to the future by exploring such significant future-focused issues as sustainability, citizenship.
Beliefs About Learning
Tawhero School has the following core beliefs about children’s learning:
- All students can learn and have the right to do so
- Students learn best in an environment when positive relationships are developed and where whanaungatanga is fostered
- Learning happens most effectively when intentions and outcomes are shared
- Students learn best when they take ownership and responsibility for their learning
- Learning is a shared experience which lasts a lifetime
- Learning is best when there is a purpose to learn
- Staff empower all students to achieve personal excellence
Attitudes and Values
At Tawhero School we value:
Growth – physical, mentally, socially, academically, creatively
Respect and Care for others – for self, for others, for human rights
Equality – fairness, social justice, recognising and acknowledging diversity, difference and inclusion
Achievement – by aiming for and persevering towards excellence academically, culturally, artistically, socially
and in sporting endeavours
Trust – which involves being honest, responsible, accountable and acting with integrity
To work as a team to provide quality-learning opportunities for all students and staff that reflects current teaching and learning practices and presents realistic challenges, with an emphasis on literacy, numeracy and inclusion.
To provide appropriate resources for the effective delivery and implementation of the curriculum
To provide a safe, healthy and challenging environment
To provide an environment for students, staff and Whanau where an understanding, appreciation and respect of Māori and other cultures is fostered
To improve educational achievement of Māori students
To help children become aware of the uniqueness of local environment/history
To provide effective learning assistance for children with identified special needs and abilities
To maintain a positive partnership with the school and local community/iwi
To provide a range of well-designed experiences outside of the classroom to help children foster an appreciation of their environment
To provide a range of physical activity to develop movement, fitness, flexibility skills and an attitude for good sportsmanship.
To provide opportunities for students and families to foster the pride in the school through extra curricula activities
To foster and enhance whanaungatanga and school culture for all
To develop leadership skills through the provision of roles of responsibility within the school
Cultural Diversity and Te Ao Māori
The school acknowledges New Zealand’s cultural diversity and the unique position of Māori culture. Our school has 92% Māori/Pacifika , 8% other.
Through our class programmes at Tawhero School students will have the opportunity to learn about our heritage and how our heritage (Māori, European and other ethnicities) influence our world today.
Programmes will recognise the multicultural society in which we now live encouraging and supporting a mutual respect for cultural differences and beliefs.
This learning may arise in many areas of learning and will be supported and modelled through teachers attitudes and acceptance of Aotearoa’s cultural diversity.