The New Zealand Curriculum has a range of learning areas: English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Physical Education and Health, The Arts, Technology, Languages and a focus on New Zealand history. These are listed below along with an introduction to the rationale for each subject at our school.
Our curriculum develops pupils from the beginnings of reading and writing where knowing the alphabet and knowing numbers is the first step right the way through to the beginnings of the external qualifications years at year 11. Our secondary trained staff teaching in our senior years provide an excellent link to year 11. We have designed and continue to improve a curriculum which is both focused on pupils achieving well in the year they are in, as well as preparing them for the coming years.
We acknowledge our first call as a school is academic learning but we also accept as our mandate the need to develop the whole child in terms of character and purpose and our curriculum is designed to enhance each of these aspects. All we do grows out of our understanding of a biblical Christian world view and our passion to express Christian values and relationship through all we do. We continue to grow our understanding; of authentic Treaty partnership with mana whenua.
Our strong emphasis on pastoral care ensures we know each pupil well and can respond to where they are at. Our leadership opportunities encourage a range of pupils as well as our year 10’s to take leadership roles that would usually go to older pupils in larger schools.