Our School Charter and Strategic Planning for 2016

ST MARCELLIN SCHOOL CHARTER


MISSION STATEMENT 
A Quality Education In A Positive Catholic Environment 

VISION STATEMENT AND VALUES 
This is based on our Mission Statement, School Charism
and NZ Curriculum and School Core Values. 


AT ST MARCELLIN WE...
  • Live the Catholic Christian Values of Love, Compassion, Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Community 
  • Provide Quality in teaching and learning processes. 
  • Value Respect for ourselves, others, human rights and
    our planet. This includes all people within our school family – Students, Colleagues, Parents. Parish 
  • Provide a Secure and Positive Environment that will encourage independence and foster life long learning 
  • Foster Integrity which involves being honest, responsible and accountable and acting ethically 
  • Encourage Excellence by aiming high and by persevering in the face of difficulties 
  • Aim to meet The Needs of individuals and/or groups of students 
  • Believe in Fostering Personal Responsibility and making good choices

FOCUS:
Enacting our Mission Statement in an inclusive
and Catholic manner so that the children learn
in a culture which is 
a Place Of Unity And Equality For All and 
Where Everybody Is Somebody 

2016 PROFESSIONAL LEARNING FOCUS 
Whole School PD in “Positive Behaviour for Learning(PB4L). 
Rita Palmer – Writing Professional Development 
Personalized PD to improve Teaching and Learning Programmes.

SCHOOL PROFILE
St Marcellin School is a Roman Catholic Primary School
for boys and girls from Yr 1 to 8 offering education with a
special character.

The school is a multicultural, Decile 3 Full Primary School
drawing from a wide variety of cultures and socio-economic
levels serving the Holy Family Parish catchment area.

The school has a strong relationship with its parish.

The whole school community, through the general school programme
and in its religious education programme and observances, exercises
the right to live and teach the values of Jesus Christ.

The parents, caregivers and parishioners of St Marcellin
School acknowledge the Bishop as proprietor and as their
pastoral leader.

The parents and community of the school have a very high
interest and accordingly have high expectations for their
children’s learning.

St Marcellin School is supported by an active Board of
Trustees and PTA.

The School has a positive reputation in the Wanganui Area

St Marcellin School will ensure:
1. All students are successfully able to access the NZ
Curriculum, as evidenced by progress and achievement
in relation to the National Standards

2. National Standards are used effectively to support
improvement in student outcomes. Students have ownership
over their learning and know what to do to achieve National Standards

ST Marcellin School Procedural Information


HEALTH PROMOTION
Emphasis on health promotion through the
use of school gardens.


Parent and student health Committee to continue to develop health in the school.



ANNUAL CYCLE
St Marcellin School will lodge a copy of its 2014
Charter and 2013 Variance Report with the Ministry of Education in by the end of February, 2014.


CONSULTATION 
St Marcellin School consults our school community,
including the Maori and Pasifika communities, regularly
as a part of our cycle of self-review.

Consultation includes: -
  • Invitation to a meeting where review of previous
    year’s programmes and new programmes 
    and plans
    are shared.
  • Information sharing through school newsletter
  • Surveys and questionnaires
  • Informal meetings, discussions, phone contact
  • Meetings in regard to curriculum delivery and parent
    partnership in learning
  • Use of Newsletters for information and feedback

CATERING FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY
St Marcellin School acknowledges New Zealand’s
Cultural Diversity and the unique position of the
Maori culture [44% Maori students at The school]
We also acknowledge our Asian, Pacific Island and
other ethnicitys – who make up 14% of our roll. NZ European make up the remaining 42% 0f our roll.
This is demonstrated through:

  • School Policy and Curriculum Delivery
  • Consultation with Maori families
  • Kapa Haka and Te Reo learning


SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION
  • St Marcellin School Curriculum Delivery Plan
  • St Marcellin School 2014 Budget, Annual Plan and Charter, 
  • Special Character development Plan
  • St Marcellin School Self Review Programme
  • St Marcellin School Action Plans in Writing, Reading and Mathematics /Numeracy
  • St Marcellin School Action Plan to improve the achievement of Maori children
  • St Marcellin School Professional Development Programme
  • St Marcellin School Policies and Procedures including our Behaviour Management Plan
  • St Marcellin School Performance Management System
  • St Marcellin School Property Budget
  • St Marcellin School 2011 ERO Report
  • St Marcellin School 2012 Special Character Report
  • St Marcellin School 2014 Special Education Portfolio (SENCO)

 2014–16 STRATEGIC PRIORITIES
Our focus is to improve our children’s learning, achievement and outcomes

1. To enhance the positive Catholic Character by promoting our Charism that St Marcellin is a place of unity and equality for all. 


2. To strive for excellence in Literacy and Number, and vary the breadth and depth of learning according to MOE requirements, and needs of pupils, community consultation and strength of the staff

3. To promote the key competencies, sporting, social and cultural skills required for children to participate confidentially in society.

4. To enhance  children’s opportunities for achievement by attracting and retaining professional, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff.

5. To provide both resourcing and a safe and attractive physical school environment, which supports the staff/children in their teaching /learning opportunities

6. To promote community involvement and participation in St Marcellin School.

1. Strong partnerships between School and Parents, Parish and Community exist

2. The school’s Special Character is supported and nurtured, and the children’s catholic Values are developed

3. Students have good self esteem in a safe emotional environment

4. Redesign the school’s webpage on our Charism to make it relevant and meaningful to today’s world. Clearly state what being Catholic / Christian looks like.

1.Students have strong Literacy skills

2.Students have a sound knowledge of number concepts to support all other mathematical processes

3. National Standards are used effectively to support improvement in student outcomes.  Students have ownership over their learning and know what to do to achieve National Standards

4. Pupils at risk of not achieving or not achieving are monitored closely by teachers and management to identify additional opportunities.

1. Students have the skills to learn successfully and enjoy learning

2. Students have the opportunity to participate in a range of diverse experiences

All students are successfully able to access the NZ Curriculum, as evidenced by progress and achievement in relation to National Standards.

3. A sporting co-ordinator will help transition pupils into sporting teams not available at St Marcellin School.

4. Cultural groups such as Kapa Haka and the Pasifika group will be promoted to allow pupils to live and be proud of their cultures.

1.Excellent Teaching  and Support Staff are employed and retained

2.Appropriate Professional Development  opportunities are provided for all staff

3.Staff efforts and successes are recognized and affirmed.

 

1.Prudent Financial Management allows the school to meet staff, curriculum, property and resourcing requirements

2.The school’s safe physical environment supports and enhances learning.

3. ESOL / RTLB / GSE funding will be sought for pupils eligible.

1.Communities that are involved in their school have greater ownership and participation in their children’s learning.  St Marcellin School wants the community to be active participants in the wider life of the school.

2. Create opportunities to promote cultural events where different groups can showcase their talents.

 

Strategic Goals

1. Acknowledge that the parents are the foremost educators of their children, working in partnership with the school and church and to encourage strong links and support between all stakeholders

2. Provide support and guidance in the RE Programme to students/teachers/parents. Maintain strong liturgy and sacramental programmes and ties with Holy family Church. Have vibrant prayer pertinent to the needs of children

3. Foster Special Character development of each child particularly in the areas of Pride, Respect, Resilience and Honesty

Provide safe classroom and playground environments so children feel secure and nurtured

4.Provide equitable opportunities during schooling at St Marcellin

Develop and Enhance our Special Character by undergoing an internal Special Character review

5. Redesign the school’s website with an emphasis on promoting the Catholic / Christian / Spiritual aspect.  Make the special character unique and powerful.

 

 

1. To increase oral language development and improve listening skills.

To strengthen reading strategies, increasing independent reading and comprehension.

To improve the quality of written and visual language.

Improved assessment procedures for teachers and students. Students improve self-assessment

2. Confidently teach number knowledge and strategies.

Develop problem-solving skills and look at the role of Maths in everyday life, emphasizing money, time and measurement.

Provide adequate resources and ability group classes.

Improved assessment procedures for teachers and students. Students improve self-assessment

3. To provide talented students with appropriate opportunities of extension.

4.To provide children with a range of sporting/physical education opportunities including EOTC.

5.To provide appropriate programmes/resources and opportunities which foster student’s scientific skills.

6.Develop ICT skills for both staff and students of St Marcellin School. This includes digital I pad facilities in Year 7-8

7.To foster knowledge and appreciation of Maori Language (Te Reo Maori) and culture (Tikanga Maori).

8.Provide appropriate career education and guidance for all students in Yr 7 /8.

9.Develop and implement the teaching of a second language in Yr 7/8.

10.Enhance the inclusion of special needs children and provide learning support/motivation to children at risk of not achieving.

1. Teach the children the skills to become confident independent and risk taking learners that will set them up for life-long learning.

2. To provide the opportunities for children to take part in a range of educational sporting, cultural and social activities within their own and other communities.

3. Opportunities will be given to the students which embrace and reflect our cultural diversity.

1 Recruit high quality staff who will support the school’s Mission Statement, the school’s Special Character and strategic goals when staff vacancies occur.

2. To plan and implement professional development programmes, based on school/staff and individual needs and strengths, which will add value to the school’s programme. Emphasis on Lifting teacher capacity by being part of the MOE leading and Assessment  Contract and implementing National Standards and Reporting to Parents requirements.

3. To plan and implement professional development programmes, based on school/staff and individual needs and strengths, which will add value to the school’s programme. Emphasis on Lifting teacher capacity by being part of the Leading and Assessment   Contract and implementing National Standards and Reporting to Parents requirements

 

 

1. To plan and implement professional development programmes, based on school/staff and individual needs and strengths, which will add value to the school’s programme. Emphasis on Lifting teacher capacity through a personalized PD model.

2.  Emphasis and promote  improving learner engagement through the PB4L contract.

3.  Review classroom environment  and develop a plan / timeline on enhancing the physical aesthetics of learning ‘spaces.’

 

 


1. To provide an environment that allows community involvement.

2. Continue with the implementation of the SAF programme from 2013.

3. Continue with the ‘preschool’ 

4. 
Promote community involvement by implementing  programmes for community members such as:
  • Mainly Music
  • PMP
  • Learning to Read
  • Parents / whanau supporting programmes such as extension or interest programmes for learners.

2016 St Marcellin School Annual Plan for Quality Learning
and Teaching and Improved Academic Achievement

The focus for 2014 is to consolidate our inputs from our  Professional Development and develop these into our
learning and teaching. This would centre around our Assessment For Learning Contract [AtoL) and PB4L.

2016

Strategy

Actions

Who

Impact For Students/Staff

Goal 1:  To enhance the positive Catholic Character by promoting our charism that
St Marcellin School is a place of unity and equality for all.

Parent meetings and involvement did not happen

New Chapel not used as much as possible

St Marcellin Citizen needs further enhancement

Review the findings and recommendations of the Special Character Review (in 2012)

Provide sacramental programmes

Use of the Champagnat Chapel to enrich children’s understanding of the Marist Charism.

Enhance staff  culture and student culture

Further involvement of parents in RE programmes

Development of Sexuality programme based on church teachings

 

Palmerston North Catholic Education Office reviewed St Marcellin School in July 2012.  Areas were identified in which the Catholicity of St Marcellin could be further extended.  Action plans will identify strategies to further strengthen the school’s Catholic culture.

Baptism in Term 1 and 3, Reconciliation in Term 2 and First Holy Communion in Term 4. Parents requirements for all 3 programmes

Timetable for  use  for class prayer, liturgy, once a month Parish Mass

Utilise the “Year of the Faith” model developed by the Church to link the Church’s mission to our daily lives.

Develop values statements for staff, students and school.

Develop Excellence and Children of the Cross positivity awards

Plan to have 2 parent gatherings in Term 2 and Term 3 about the RE programme

Invite the Religious Orders to school events; morning teas and Catholic Masses or Liturgies.


All staff, BOT, Advisers [CEO} 






DRS and Tagged Staff 



Principal 


DRS, Principal 



Management


DRS, Tagged Staff

 

 

Special Character report is analysed and strategies implemented to raise the profile of the Catholic faith.

Children have opportunity to receive these sacraments as part of their faith Journey at our school

Students [and staff] become aware of what a sacred space is and how it can be utilized

Staff  and students develop and enhance a positive culture to work in

Parents have an understanding of the RE programme and the part they play.

Our whole school benefits from PD provided, enhances our Special Character and children’s understanding in this area.

Goal 2:  To strive for excellence in Literacy and Numeracy programmes and provide Extension programmes and vary the breadth and depth of learning in other curriculums according to Ministry of Education requirements [Including National Standards and Reporting to Parents], the needs of the pupils, the wishes of the community and the strengths of the staff.

1. National Standards


















Reporting


All students are successfully able to access the NZ Curriculum, as evidenced by progress and achievement in relation to National Standards. 

National Standards are used effectively to support improvement in student outcomes.  Students have ownership over their learning and know what to do to achieve National Standards


National Standards Reporting

All Reading, Written language and Mathematics assessments that are reported to parents are in “Plain Language” and use the terms defined promoted within the ‘National Standards’ reporting programme.

Students and Teachers identify next learning steps as teachers become familiar and comfortable with OTJs, learning intentions and success criteria.

Effective Pedagogy Performance Appraisal document will ensure teachers are aware of targets and will strive to achieve a lift in Teacher Capacity.

Learning is the focus of all teaching – teachers to have an awareness of this.


National Standards achievement reporting is shared with Parents/Caregivers twice a year. Year 1-3 have anniversary reporting completed at appropriate date

All Staff, 
Curriculum Leader, Principal and Management













All staff as required

Teachers are more capable, therefore students are provided with tools and skills to become independent and reflective learners. Teaches are reflective Practitioners.

Teachers are aware that targets need to be met, and that this is part of Performance Appraisal. Better balance of Strand coverage. Increased accuracy teacher moderation as seen achievement drop due to inaccurate assessment in previous years.   We can now better target student performance.











Parents are informed of their children’s achievement twice a year. Teachers will use National Standards data to both report to parents and develop ongoing monitoring strategies against the National Standards for each child.

Health & Sport Promoting School

Continuance of a Health Promoting School Philosophy and recognition of providing sporting opportunities for our pupils

Sports coordinator supports pupils with access to sporting opportunities.

School gardens continued

Public health Nurse, Parents and Students

Sports coordinator promotes sporting involvement opportunities for our pupils. 


Assessment Procedures

To develop consistency in the use of assessment tools   for reporting purposes between teaching staff

Assessment is based on the standardized use of tests.

Tests are administered as per the developer’s guidelines.

Data is used to inform the teachers, leadership team and Board of Trustees so that sound decisions can be made to promote teaching and learning.   

There is evidence that moderation between teachers varies and in 2014 a planned assessment procedure designed around moderation, accuracy and consistency will be developed.  This will ensure that accurate data is provided by teachers at all times and this data can be accurately used to develop strategies and purchase resources to promote teaching and learning. 


All staff

Assessment data is valid and can be used to inform decision making. 

Government Priorities

 

 

All children who live in the community are welcomed and encouraged to attend St Marcellin School knowing that they will receive an education that meets their needs.  St Marcellin School will personalize a child’s curriculum to allow full access and participation. This is based on Matthew 25.35-40 where the Gospel writer emphasizes the importance of accepting and looking after everyone in the community, not just those above or at the national standards.

Progress is measured and celebrated with the children and parents.

The SENCO will work with the teacher and external professionals to facilitate access to the curriculum with parents / whanau.

The ‘kawa’ of St Marcellin School will promote the pupil diversity in the design of artwork and murals.


All teachers,
SENCO,
Principal

All children feel valued and accepted at St Marcellin School.  St Marcellin School welcomes all parents / whanau in our community to enroll their children.

 

 

Goal 3: To promote the essential learning, sporting, social and cultural skills required for children to
participate confidently in society

Providing the skills to learn successfully and enjoy learning as part of our learning culture


Teach the children the skills to become confident, independent and risk taking learners that will set them up for life long learning


Teaching as Inquiry promoted to develop effective pedagogy

Children benefit from teachers historic involvement in the AtoL Contract.

Children taught skills of  self-assessment, peer assessment , my next steps in learning are, and presenting their achievement outcomes to parents.   This will be promoted within the ‘learning intentions, success criteria and use of curriculum matrices.

All Staff, AtoL Facilitator

 

 

 

 

All children are given skills from staff to become independent learners  who can reflect on what they are learning and recognise their next learning steps

 



Providing the opportunity to participate in a range of diverse experiences

To provide the opportunities for children to take part in a range of educational, sporting, cultural and social activities within their own and other communities.

Opportunities will be given to the students which embrace and reflect our cultural diversity

Students will have skills to set and assess learning goals and next steps through AtoL strategies

Student Leadership will be promoted across the school – Head students, House Leaders, school wide and class wide responsibilities

Be involved in Catholic and Wider schools speech competitions

Continue to involve the local community – family, friends, parishioners for a variety of purposes –sorting resources, small group work, grandparents day, sacramental programmes, sports team coaching and managing, clubs and hobby groups, health team, PTA Gala

Maintain  the excellent sporting opportunities which our students currently enjoy – interschool, out of school – involves– softball, tee-ball, volleyball, badminton, soccer, netball, basketball, rugby, rippa rugby, cricket, sailing, squash, flippa ball, Super 6 for Year 7 & 8, Contributing school sports, etc

Involvement of a Sports Co-ordinator for a interschool sports.

Personnel recruited to enhance/further develop Te Reo and Kapa Haka, Te Reo PD provided for staff on a fortnightly basis.

Marae visit in Term 1 or 2.

Hold a Celebration of Learning  in Term 3



All staff, Board of Trustees,


Staff, Students






Staff, Community
Staff, Expert Coaches




Management, BOT







DRS, Teachers, Staff, Community

Independent learners are developed.

Teachers and other staff have skills to develop this culture.

Leadership opportunities are available to our students across the school in many forms.


Outside expertise used to enhance school programmes for broader curriculum.

A variety of summer and winter sports are available for all our students.

Students develop knowledge and skills in sports other than mainstream ones.



Students have opportunity to play sports at levels commensurate with their abilities







Students develop greater awareness of our various cultures, develop greater ability in Te Reo, and develop a greater knowledge of our community, city, river and district .

Goal 4. To enhance children’s opportunity for achievement by attracting and retaining professional and enthusiastic staff

All staff , both teaching and support, have opportunity to be the best they can be.

Board of Trustees and School Management provide resourcing and opportunity for all staff in the forms of :

Professional Development,

Coaching, Mentoring,

Outside Agencies support  - to ensure our students have the opportunities to become independent and risk taking learners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The strategies developed in the AtoL and PB4L  contract will be embedded through the coaching and self-reflection programme.  A new approach will be trialed, involving sharing the learner’s voice with children and developing an ongoing coaching programme.

Teacher Performance Appraisal will be linked with learning outcomes of areas of concern and focus students.  The learners voice will be shared with teachers to develop the next steps in the teacher development programme.

Coaching and Mentoring will be part of our schools learning and teaching culture. PD will be provided for senior leadership to develop a programme based on raising teacher effectiveness through a monthly coaching model.

Teacher Aides will be provided with appropriate training in programmes such as Toe  By Toe, AVAILL, Talk to Learn.





SENCO will attend  SENCO PD  run by the Wanganui RTLB. Report back to staff

Staff new to Catholic schools will attend the New Teachers To Catholic Schools course in Term 1.

The Principal and DRS will attend appropriate Catholic Leadership courses .

All teachers will undergo each term RE workshops  as provided by the Catholic Education Office of Palmerston North

All staff will attend 6 x DRS led strand meetings over the year.

 

Management, Lead Teacher, All Teachers





Management, Numeracy Lead Teacher




Year 1-3 Teachers,





Management
Principal,
DP, Expert Teachers





SENCO, T/Aides


SENCO



DRS, Deputy Principal




DRS, All
 

Staff will develop greater capacity to assess for learning, analyse  assessments, use the information for next steps learning and be able to show students what their next learning steps will be.




Numeracy Model will be part of our school learning culture, Teachers are kept up to date with latest ideas in Maths and Numeracy teaching





Junior school area will have staff with up to date knowledge and skills.





More accountability will be required from all teachers for learning outcomes

Teachers can identify/have identified areas of need in their teaching

Teachers will become more aware of self -reflection as a way of growing their craft

Our Reading Recovery teacher is upskilled – Program is very effective


Upskilled T/Aides, students benefit from small group skills work



Up to date information provided for staff in areas of Teaching and Behaviour




Teachers have enhanced understanding of strands, Special Character, digital RE resource

Goal 5.  To provide both resourcing and a safe and attractive physical school environment, which supports
the children/staff  in their learning/teaching opportunities

In the past prudent financial management has allowed the school to meet staff, curriculum, property and resourcing requirements. A smaller roll means less MOE Funding but buildings and grounds are still the same size with the same requirements





The school has provided a safe physical environment that supports and enhances learning

Develop appropriate budgets that will provide sufficient resourcing to meet curriculum, property and equipment resources

Explore ways of obtaining additional funding to support school development.












Develop and maintain the school grounds and buildings in an attractive, safe and appropriate manner

Budget for, and employ sufficient teaching staff to ensure Management Release Time, Classroom Release Time and Reading Recovery tuition is catered for.

Ensure budget caters for whole school AtoL contract costs, other teacher PD and any costs associated with National Standards and any associated Classroom Manager upgrades

Ensure Banked Staffing is used on a needs basis –Overuse balanced

Budget to provide teacher aide support for focus students

Budget to purchase new resources and cater for depreciation including

Purchase of a new digital camera



Manage budget to ensure grounds and buildings are maintained, and caretaker/cleaner monies are appropriate  for position


Maintenance painting in Marist corridor

Playground Development in conjunction with PTA – maintain and upgrade – equipment, new sandpits

Recycle shed use development of school gardens

BOT, Finance Committee, Management


Principal, Management



Principal, Finance Committee










Principal, BOT, Caretaker



BOT/PTA

BOT/PTA





Caretaker, Principal, Teachers.

Teachers/all staff  have correct amount of release, feel valued and can prepare for teaching. Students have planned programmes and teachers prepared

Upskilled teachers provide high quality programmes for students, MOE regulations are met

School is staffed for best teaching to occur

 

New resources purchased, older ones replaced as required, resources match student needs











Grounds and buildings provide a safe and secure learning environment, support staff have resourcing to complete tasks

Playgrounds and concrete areas are user friendly and can be used by students at all times

New artwork / murals will reflect the cultural diversity of our pupils.




Students develop an understanding and culture of the bigger picture of recycling

School gardens are successful and provide for school and parish families in need

Goal 6.   To promote community involvement and participation in St Marcellin School.

St Marcellin School wants to enhance the ‘community’ pillar of our Marist founders and involve the community in all levels of operation; from asking what they want? Through to the implementation of the ‘community pillar.’

 

 

Allow community groups to have access to and use the facilities of St Marcellin School.

Implement programmes that will promote community involvement in St Marcellin School. For example; consideration to development of a preschool on school grounds, preschool groups encouraged to use the school’s library and grounds.

To promote learning opportunities for our children and develop home / school partnerships the school will apply to the Ministry of Education for assistance in delivering programmes such as ‘Read Together.’

Promote the school to local community groups.

Discus with Ministry of Education the  option of establishing a ‘playgroup / preschool’ for 2 – 3 mornings per week.

Meet with local preschool providers on a regular basis. Invite preschools to school events (plays, concerts etc etc) and to use the library and playground.

Meet with Ministry of Education staff and  promote an effective collaborative relationship.

Use Ministry of Education expertise to develop programmes that support community empowerment.

Facilitate community engagement and develop a curriculum based around the community profile.

 

All staff at
ST Marcellin School.

Community groups use our resources and the school becomes a deeper part of the community. Connections will allow more children and families to become part of the school community.

Ministry of Education support will allow the school to provide targeted support for our community; empowering parents / whanau to better support their children’s learning.

Website upgrade to reflect the Christian dynamic of the Catholic faith.

Community breakfasts.

Kapa Haka, Pasifika Group, Hindi / India Group.