Key Building Blocks

1. We will prioritise a “whole child” approach by placing value on all aspects of the child’s well being:


  • Te Taha Tinana (physical)
  • Te Taha Hinengaro (emotional and intellectual)
  • Te Taha Wairua (spiritual
  • Te Taha Whanau (social)


2. We will foster deep learning so that all learners contribute to the common good, address global challenges and flourish in a complex world through the development of:


  • Critical Thinking – critically evaluating information and arguments, seeing patterns and connections, constructing meaningful knowledge, and applying and assessing it in the real world.
  • Citizenship – thinking like global citizens, considering individual and societal wellbeing, and global issues based on a deep understanding of diverse values and worldviews, and with genuine interest, empathy, compassion and ability to solve ambiguous and complex real-world problems that impact equity and human and environmental sustainability.
  • Creativity – having an “entrepreneurial eye” for economic and social opportunities, expressing oneself in unique ways, asking the right inquiry questions to generate novel ideas, and leadership to pursue those ideas and turn them into action.
  • Collaboration – working interdependently and synergistically in teams with strong interpersonal and team-related skills, including effective management of team dynamics and challenges, making substantive decisions together, and contributing to learning from and having an impact on others.
  • Character –  learning to deep learn, armed with the essential social and emotional character traits of self-directed learning, grit, tenacity, perseverance, and resilience, the ability to make learning an integral part of living; and to proactively change outcomes for themselves and others.
  • Communication – Communicating effectively with a purpose and voice in a variety of modes and tools (including digital) and tailored to impact a range of audiences and learning outcomes.


3. We will intentionally pursue the development of deep learning opportunities by focusing on:


  • Learning Partnerships  – Cultivating learning partnerships between and among students, teachers, families and the wider environment.
  • Learning Environments – Fostering 24/7 interactions in trusting environments where students take responsibility for learning.
  • Pedagogical Practices – Future-focused approaches used to design, monitor and assess learning.
  • Leveraging Digital – Accelerating access to knowledge beyond the classroom and cultivating student-driven learning through the use of powerful digital tools.


4. We will use these “drivers” to enable and support powerful teaching and learning:


  • Collaborative Teacher Efficacy –  Building teacher efficacy in collaborative ways of working.
  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogy  – Recognising, honouring and building wide cultural acceptance and appreciation.
  • Learner Agency – Developing learner agency.
  • Powerful Learning Connections – Strengthening learning connections with parents, families, whānau, ākonga and teachers.
  • Powerful Community Connections – Developing a local curriculum utilising the context provided by the local community, and economic opportunities.