For our students:

At Sommerville School students with special needs will learn and grow in an environment where their needs are individually enriched, anchored in educational support with respect, tolerance and acceptance they will develop an awareness of themselves as successful learners.

In particular our students will-

  1. Develop knowledge, competencies (which will include skills and abilities), attitudes and values in ways that are relevant and appropriate to them within the context of their ability.
  2. Achieve their potential and participate fully in a society which is accepting of them.
  3. Be products of a seamless education from early childhood, through the compulsory education sector to adult education through well defined approaches to educating students with special needs.

(School Charter 2008)

For our school:

Sommerville School will continue to pursue the vision of becoming a dual purpose institution being a learning centre for students with special needs and a learning community for special education.

(Vision for the Future presentation to the MOE 2006)  




Our school and community value the attributes of:

  • Respect for self and others
  • Maintaining dignity
  • Tolerance and acceptance
  • Caring for others
  • Cooperation and fairness
  • Manakitanga (respect for position and recognised attributes)
  • Whanaungatanga (familial and interpersonal relationships)
  • Tohatoha (working together towards a shared vision and outcomes)

(School Charter 2008)


Students will be encouraged to value:

  • Excellence, by aiming high and by persevering in the face of difficulties
  • Innovation, inquiry and curiosity, by thinking critically, creatively and reflectively
  • Diversity, as found in our different cultures, languages and heritages
  • Equity, through fairness  and social justice
  • Community and participation for the common good
  • Ecological sustainability, which includes care for the environment
  • Integrity, which involves being honest, responsible, and accountable and acting ethically
  • Respect of themselves, others, and human rights

(The New Zealand Curriculum 2007)






·         Our mission is to provide the best possible learning environment for students with special needs, aged from 5 to 21.

·         We will staff the school with the most qualified and experienced staff to provide the expertise to expedite learning in this environment.

·         We will target resources and personnel in such a way as to work towards our vision, provide positive role models and demonstrate adherence to the school values as documented.