When meeting and talking to our students for the first time, many visitors to our school often comment on how confident, articulate and respectful they are towards others. These same observations are made by our students of their teachers:
“My teacher talks with me about my learning” • “My teacher wants my parents to have a say and makes it possible” • “She listens to my views and those of my friends” • “He shares his views with me and my mates” • “They care about what we think” • “She shares good news (and the not so good) with my parents and whānau” • “My teacher hears what my parents say, expect and want.”
Modelling as adults how we want our students to be as a collective is captured in our whakatauki:
Our school’s physical environment is attractive and provides pleasant learning spaces for students, staff and parents; with our extensive shaded areas (provided by our beautiful well established trees), an expansive playing field and neighboring park, two adventure playgrounds, a large astroturf courtyard area, kitchen garden complete with chooks and a wood-fired pizza oven, and attractive native and exotic plantings (numbering in excess of 1000); we are totally committed to continue protecting, sustaining and enhancing our learning environments.
During 2017, we introduced to our local curriculum the concept of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.
This year (2019) we are developing our local curriculum further after nearly two years of self-review and consultation with our learners and whanau, teachers and support staff, as well as the many community organisations who support our school.
Students and staff at Rhode Street Primary School will be encouraged to adopt and model the MANA Learning Values:
MANA Values and MANA Kids
The Rhode Street Primary School learning values are represented by the MANA acronym.
By being a ‘MANA Kid’ and demonstrating these values, children are actively living the Key Competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum and promoting the character and learning qualities desired by our school community.
The MANA acronym is explained below and it is connected to the learner dispositions and values that form the basis of the learner we aim to grow at Rhode Street Primary School.
Manaakitanga (Connected learners)- At Rhode Street School Connected Learners’ respect themselves, others and the environment. They value relationships and how these support their learning.
Awhi (Collaborative Contributors)- At Rhode Street School Collaborative Contributors know who they are and where they come from and are able to work with and support others to improve their learning.
Nga manukura (Resilient achievers)- Rhode Street Resilient Achievers’ are strong. They are able to be resilient and to confidently persevere and adapt as they strive for excellence in all things.
Ako (Inquiring minds) - At Rhode Street School ‘Inquiring Minds’ are curious and innovative. They ask questions, they reflect and wonder and they think critically and creatively.