Earlier in the year, we shared our school charter for 2021, which is an outline of the Board’s strategic direction, and sets out how we intend to make a difference to student’s progress and achievement.
We thought it would be useful to provide some highlights of deliverables, to date, against key actions in the Charter. These deliverables show the tremendous efforts taken by our teachers and support staff to ensure the best for our children.
Enhancing how we report to parents and whanau
You will have seen in the recent school newsletter that there is going to be a change in the mid-year report formats. This is to reflect a more focused effort to report student’s progress over time via curriculum levels and to include more opportunities for students reflection. You will see this on the “Learner’s Disposition” against each of the school birds.
Developing the student leadership programme
Our Student Council attended the National Youth Leadership Day which featured a variety of speakers from across New Zealand, as well as a video from the Prime Minister personally welcoming the students. Each leadership nest is now actively carrying out initiatives across the school with an aim of actively growing their nest to include our juniors so they can begin their leadership journey.
House and Sports Leaders have been running sports for the juniors during lunch times, sports assemblies and assisting at our annual events such as Field Days and Swimming Sports.
Manaaki Leaders have been working with ‘Bridging the Gap’ on the junior side, helping our little ones navigate playground problems and learn how to solve friendship problems.
The Enviro nest has been hugely busy with work in the gully, campaigning for “save our oceans’ and the “Maui 63 project”.
Honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi and cultural diversity
The Senior Leadership Team are actively working towards ensuring we have a lens over our planning that honours Te Tiriti and acknowledges Te Ao Māori. Since our annual Māori whanau hui, we have been ensuring staff are equipped with Matariki and Te Reo Māori resources to promote the use of Te Reo in everyday classroom settings.
In terms of promoting cultural diversity throughout the school, Language Weeks have taken on new life with lunchtime activities for Samoan Language Week, daily speaker calls and resources for classroom use. Our diverse community celebrates many different festivals such as Eid. We have provided resources for our staff to help our students celebrate these festivals and events with language greetings and acknowledgement of them during the course of the term
Reviewing our learning support and extension programmes
Work continues to upskill teachers, via external professional learning development providers, to deliver a highly engaging, conceptual-based curriculum that promotes higher order thinking. A couple of great examples of this in action is the Meadowbank Marines and the Year 5 rocket project. Work is ongoing to create a framework or criteria for better identifying and catering for gifted learners, as well as continuing our significant amount of concentrated resource to support diverse learners.
You can access the Charter here
to see details on these and other initiatives. The Board reviews progress against the Charter in each board meeting and we will update you of further progress in our Term 4 newsletter.