Our Principles for the Teaching-Learning Environment


We want to prepare our children for the world today and in the future so they feel great about themselves as people, leaders and life long learners . The following 10 points are the foundation upon which we will build our learning environment. 

  • We are all learners, we are all leaders.
  • The working relationship between teacher, student and family is critical to success.
  • Strong values, high expectations and a positive attitude are critical to learning success.
  • Having strength in numeracy, literacy and being competent communicators is important in our community.
  • We use a framework for teaching and learning based on the inquiry cycle.
  • We aim to empower children to take responsibility for their own learning and personalise learning so that childrens’ individual needs are catered for.
  • Positive attitude, personal growth, effort and high achievement should be promoted, recognised and celebrated.
  • We are a learning community which acknowledges that great learners are self-managers, researchers, collaborators etc.
  • We want to acknowledge, appreciate and celebrate difference.


As a school we value these principles alongside those outlined in the NZ Curriculum.


High Expectations

The curriculum supports and empowers all students to learn and achieve personal excellence, regardless of their individual circumstances.

Learning to Learn

The curriculum encourages all students to reflect on their own learning processes and to learn how to learn.

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.

Community Engagement

The curriculum has meaning for students, connects with their wider lives, and engages the support of their families, whānau, and communities.

Cultural Diversity

The curriculum reflects New Zealand’s cultural diversity and values the histories and traditions of all its people.


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 is non-sexist, non-racist, and non-discrimatory; it ensures that the students’ identities, languages, abilities and talents are recognised and affirmed and that their learning needs are addressed.

Future Focus

The curriculum encourages students to look to the future by exploring such significant future-focused issues as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise, and globalisation.