Our school utilises both the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa as the guiding documents for all learning programmes.

Our graduate kete was arrived at after consultation with our local community through professional development programmes and focusses. It is what our community wants our students to have and become as they embark on the next stage of their learning journey. It is what we build our school curriculum around. The following provides more detail about each of the components in the diagram.

Confident in themselves / Positive in their own identity.

We want our children to be confident in their own ability, willing to take risks and learn from their mistakes. We want them to be positive in their own identity. Be proud of who they are and where they come from. In Te Whanau o te Kakano this also includes being able to speak, read and write Maori fluently. To be aware of and value their own whakapapa. To know and value the Whakapapa o ngo Atua. To learn, participate and experience all aspects of Tikanga Maori.

Respectful and courteous / Tolerant of others:

We want our students to show respect and tolerance for peoples cultural, ethnic, physical, religious and intellectual differences. They will acknowledge and value these differences. We expect our students to be courteous and polite to their teachers, other adults and peers.

Independent learners:

We will teach the skills required in ‘how to learn’. By equipping students with these skills we are encouraging them to actively seek knowledge, use it, manipulate it, and learn from it. We want to encourage our students to use these skills to become more independent in their learning process, i.e. to take responsibility for their own learning. These skills will stand them in good stead for the move into College life and beyond.

Be the “best they can be” in all areas of life:

We do not expect perfection from our students. What we want to instil into our students is the desire to be the best they can be in all areas of their lives. We want them to be proud of themselves and their achievements.

Lifelong learners:

We want to encourage in our students that learning is a lifelong process that does not finish when their formal schooling does. You never stop learning new things, skills and ideas. The skills they learn at school can be used for learning for the rest of their lives. The notion of showing children “how to learn” will be vital if we are to promote this ideal in our students.

Be aware of the Treaty of Waitangi/Know the history of New Zealand:

We want our students to know what the Treaty of Waitangi is and the part it has played in shaping Aotearoa/New Zealand. We also want our children to know how the Treaty impacts on today’s society.

Have received a balanced education:

While we place emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy, we also ensure that the children also have exposure to other aspects of the curriculum. These areas include, the arts, sports and physical activity, cultural experiences (both New Zealand and overseas) and Education Outside the Classroom. For Te Whanau o te Kakano there will be an increased emphasis on Maori culture, which includes a biannual Noho Marae.

High levels of literacy and numeracy skills:

We want our students to attain high levels of Literacy and Numeracy skills. These areas are the “tools of learning” and as such will have high importance in our school curriculum. Competency in these areas of learning will lead to increased levels of achievement in other areas of learning.