Our Strategic Priorities 2019-2025
Reo me ona tikanga Māori/Māori language, culture and identity
At Waikanae School, we celebrate our culture and unique identity
within Aotearoa/New Zealand. We have a role to play in fostering and supporting
Te Reo Māori and improving the use of our language. Our culture is celebrated and embedded
in everything we do.
- Grow and support the development of new Te Reo Māori learning for all of our
- Share our
rich cultural history with our Tamariki in their learning and curriculum
partnerships and connections with the local iwi/marae to facilitate cultural
- Grow Kaitiakitanga through exploring the role of the school in the guardianship of the local environment.
2. Individualised learning and engaged students who have a strong voice in their own learning
We will focus on creating a learning environment that engages our Tamariki in learning
and provides leadership and development opportunities with a focus on excellence.
programmes that engage all students in leadership opportunities
student voice in learning, including student led projects and passion based initiatives
reporting of student learning with students and parents by immersing our parent
community in the learning outcomes of our Tamariki.
3. Students connected to the wider world and their local community – Think Global, Act Local
Global citizenship is a vital skill for the future of our children. It is critical that we create opportunities for our Tamariki to
build an understanding of global and international issues, whilst understanding
our unique place here in Waikanae.
- Ensure our
Tamariki grow their understanding of issues facing them as global citizens and
connect them to global opportunities
- Develop a
better understanding of what has happened and is happening in Aotearoa New Zealand
and how we contribute or are affected as citizens
- Connect our
students to local community projects
4. Environmental education is a key component of student learning - Kaitiakitanga
A key focus of our school is environmental sustainability. We will
ensure that our Tamariki continue to develop opportunities to support
environmental initiatives and lead the community in sustainability and
- Develop a strong sustainability focus across the entire school that is embedded within our school culture
- Grow and
nurture our school environment for student engagement in Enviroschools learning
relationships with local community groups/iwi/volunteer organisations to
develop our Kaitiakitanga role as environmental champions.
5. Holistic learning for life
Preparing our Tamariki for an ever-changing world requires
constant adaptation and innovation. Ensuring that our Tamariki are grounded
through a rich curriculum to be able to adapt to an ever-changing world are
critical to our success.
- Identify opportunities
to grow wellbeing, growth mindset and key competencies as an integral part of
everything we do.
opportunities for students to experience wider technology focus, including
STEAM and practical technology e.g. building, engineering, cooking
digital technology as a \part of the curriculum with a focus on problem solving
and safety online
- Build on
languages forming a key part of our
curriculum including Asian languages
- Develop a
financial literacy programme
- Create a
safe nurturing environment that supports and builds resilient and confident Tamariki.
6. Student transition is seamless across their schooling years in and out of Waikanae School
We are committed to supporting our Tamariki and their whānau through the transition in to, out of and within our
school (i.e. between syndicates). This aims to ensure continuous learning and
positive social connectedness before, during and after this transition.
transitions for students and whānau coming into the school, e.g. induction,
powhiri, buddying across the school etc.
strong and enduring relationships between Waikanae School and other education
providers within our community including early childhood education, primary,
secondary and community education providers
awareness of support available to ensure whānau are well supported in the
transition into and out of the school
- Lead the community in collaborative initiatives regarding educational learning in our community.