We value the identity of our school as catholic and we strive to live by the Gospel values especially those of kindness, respect, consideration and caring of self, others and the environment.
Students are supported through this programme to grow and use their virtues every day. A new virtue is introduced at assembly each Monday morning with examples of how to live this virtue through speech and action. Parents are informed of the weekly virtue via the weekly newsletter.
Our behaviour management programme is based on this.
Children seen using these virtues are rewarded with “virtue” vouchers.
Three vouchers are drawn weekly and a small prize is given.
During class time, twice a term, students who live their virtues consistently, are rewarded with a treat.
Staff model the language of the virtues for positive affirmation and redirection.
Learning support programmes are provided for children with special needs and special abilities.
For a set period of time before their 5th birthday, New Entrants are invited to school each Wednesday from 2-3pm . Children experience a typical lesson in a new entrant class which may be in numeracy, written language, religious education or reading. Parents/caregivers are also given guidelines on ways to prepare their child for a successful transition to school. Once children turn five and begin school they have already settled in and are rearing to go!
This very successful initiative has been set up to allow the “blokes” the opportunity to be involved in their boy’s education. Once a term a fun activity is arranged for ‘boys’ and their ‘blokes’.
Our year six students are supported and encouraged to take on leadership roles in the school e.g library, patrol, ball room, wet day monitors.
To hook students into the inquiry focus each term, all students engage in a whole school fun activity. These have included : trips, drama, technology challenges, food.
Young Vinnies, Choir, Kapahaka, Guitar & Ukulele, Mathex, Interschool Sports Tournaments, swimming ( we have our own pool), sports activities ( netball, t-ball, cricket, touch, miniball, hockey), school and interschool cross country, Jump rope, gymnastics, athletics.
We are a community who care about each other. This can be seen in so many ways in the daily life of our school.We have a pastoral care committee who is there to support students or families when or if the needs arise. Together we can all help create a community where we live and care with love and compassion for each other.
Students have the use of a range of ICT tools for learning such as iPads, (1 between 2 students), desktop computers, WeDo 2.0 Lego technology, green screen for filming, a range of creative educational technology software programmes and Apps such as Seesaw Mathletics, Garageband, book creator, keynote, iMovie, dropbox, Reading Eggs, Sunshine Books online andEpic. Each classroom has a sound field systems.