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A WORD FROM THE PRINCIPAL...

Developing children who are life-long learners, who can communicate effectively are selfmanaging and socially adept.

Nine years ago, the staff, students, parents, whanau and community of Hikurangi School embarked on an educational journey that places the individual childʼs skill development as the focus of the learning programme.

After consulting with our parents, we undertook an ongoing professional development programme from which we  developed our vision for the school - both conceptually and visually. Today, all our resourcing - physical and human - is specifically targeted to programmes and people that support our vision.

We believe that to succeed in the 21st century (and beyond) our students need to develop life-long learning skills and that life-long learning is demonstrated when students can employ a wide range of thinking skills in communication, numeracy, self-management and social interaction. Therefore we actively teach such things as thinking (it isnʼt a byproduct) and questioning. It is through focused questioning that focused learning occurs. Therefore the quality of the question ensures the quality of the learning.

In the 21st century it is not acceptable to be teaching “content”. There was a time when it was possible to teach just content - it was called the Middle Ages.

It is these skills that form the foundation of our inquiry based learning curriculum. We have moved away from the more traditional-style delivery of the subject areas and implemented a school-wide inquiry programme based on the SAUCE model (developed by Trevor Bond) through which our students have the opportunity to develop all the life-long learning skills we have identified.

Alongside our inquiry based learning curriculum, we place strong emphasis on the arts and ICT. In the past  the school purchased two C.o.Wʼs (computers on wheels) - pods of 12 laptops that can be used in any learning environment - both inside and outside the classroom. All classroom and C.o.W computers have wireless internet access and a wide range of communication applications. This starts at the new entrant level and extends right through to Year 8.

Now we are beginning an exciting new journey  to create two senior digital classrooms in which we have a one-to-one student/computer ratio, and maximise access to the digital learning environment for all of our students.

We see parents and whanau involvement as a vital and integral part of a childʼs education. I use the analogy of a child sitting on a three legged stool, using both hands to eat from the table of knowledge. The legs of the stool are symbolic of 1) the school, 2) the government and 3) the whanau. If one leg is weak or missing then, at best, the child is using one hand to balance and the other to eat. At worst, they are using both hands to balance.