Tātou Moemoea – Our Vision:
FAITH IN ACTION : TE WHAKAPONO ME ANA MAHI
We do what Jesus wants us to do
We see a need and do something about it
We live out our faith with actions not just words
We love others
We show empathy, acceptance, forgiveness, kindness and caring
Tātou Whakapono – Our Values:
Kindness – Atawhai Integrity – Tapatahi Determination – Hiringa Unity – Kotahitanga
Tātou Mahi – Our Goals:
aligns with the New Zealand education curriculum (NZC) in the following ways:
Key Competencies: Mindfulness brings an experiential element to learning which foster the key competencies of the NZC as outlined below.
Learning Areas: The Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences and Science learning areas are clearly linked with each lesson of Pause, Breathe, Smile
Te Whare Tapa Whā: An eloquent model of hauora (holistic wellbeing) from a Māori perspective is incorporated within Pause, Breathe, Smile.
Teaching Teams (Hubs)
St Patrick’s school is set up in three teams or hubs. Our teaching teams are set up around the age groups of children.
All our students have the opportunity to participate in Kapa Haka. We have two Roopu that practice regularly and attend the Tuwharetoa Kapa Haka festival annually.
Learning Through Play
The Koru Hub (Timata, Rooms 1, 2 and 3) teachers are focusing on children’s engagement in their learning. To do this we are investigating learning through play, and this learning is child focused and uses their interests to promote engagement. Literacy and numeracy skills are still taught in small groups as well as through play based activities.
STEAM is an approach to teaching and learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. It has four guiding principles; it is challenge based, has subject integration, teaches 21st Century skills and involves real world connections. Within STEAM we use a range of tools that help to reinforce the knowledge and skills that we teach, such as Sphero, micro:bit, Osmo and building materials.
Enviro students meet every Friday lunchtime. Parents and a grandparent take turns working with the students. The children weed, plant and harvest in the vegetable gardens. They mulch around the fruit trees and in the bush walk. We have a worm farm that needs to be fed and the worm wee is used as fertiliser. Food scraps are collected to feed pigs and they are responsible for ensuring classes have a recycling system. We have flower and pumpkin growing competitions and have even been on an overnight camp.
Kids Greening Taupo
We have 10 students who represent our school in Kid’s Greening Taupo. These students meet every Friday with Rachel (the education coordinator) as we begin our restoration project. The students are leading our school in developing our bush walk so it becomes a green corridor that will attract birds.
Our school houses begin from New Entrants through to Year 8. To help with the hype and excitement around school houses all families are in the same house. All staff are also part of a school house. Throughout each term students will have many opportunities to participate in house events and earn points for their house. At the end of each school year, the school house shield will be presented to the winning house. Through their involvement in these groups, children will have fun and learn about how to further develop the school competencies in a variety of different contexts across the New Zealand curriculum.
Year 7 and 8 – Intermediate at St Patrick’s School