Good quality systems for assessing and evaluating student achievement have been developed by the Principal in consultation with the Board and teachers. Senior leadership ensure that students are appropriately assessed against a selection of National Achievement Objectives.
NZ standardised tests, such as Progressive Achievement Tests (PATs) in listening skills, mathematics, reading and comprehension skills are administered for Year 3 – 6 children each year.
Senior leaders have developed an effective structure for providing a balanced curriculum and for ensuring that the curriculum is appropriately implemented. Detailed planning in year levels is a feature of the school. Learning objectives, consistent with the curriculum documents, are established each term by the teams.
Teachers demonstrate high levels of enthusiasm and professionalism and this is reflected in the excellent learning climate throughout the school. They provide highly effective frameworks of routines and expectations within which students have the freedom to work independently, develop their own initiative and take responsibility for their own learning. Teachers have a sound knowledge of individual learning needs and strengths and tailor their programmes accordingly. Students are secure, happy and work purposefully. Classroom environments are vibrant and stimulating. Teachers make good use of the available space to display a variety of student learning.
Education Outside The Classroom (EOTC)
Year 5 EOTC Week – This is held in Term 1. Activities include a surf day at Muriwai Beach, a ferry trip to Motuihi Island, skiiing at Snowplanet, and activities at the Millenium Institute.
Year 6 Camp – Ths is a 4 night experience, held during either Term 1 or Term 2 at Carey Park, Henderson Valley. Students leave school on a Monday morning and return on the Friday. Accomodation is in cabins at the park.
Waterwise – Waterwise is an aquatic programme based in our school grounds on Lake Pupuke. It aims to teach our Years 5 and 6 children water safety and water confidence through teaching them to sail and kayak. Waterwise operates every Monday afternoon for our year 5 and 6 classes in Terms 1, 2 and 4 (weather permitting) and is dependent on parent help. Currently, we have over 30 parent instructors and helpers who are rostered on to help with the programme.