We honour the Treaty of Waitangi and Maori rights as tangata whenua. We recognise and celebrate the unique role of Ngati Hine in our community. Our school is a place where children, whanau and staff feel safe, and are strong and secure in their own cultural base and language. Our children have the right to high quality, innovative academic, social, and cultural learning opportunities and the responsibility to learn from these. Whanaungatanga is the basis of school organisation and practice . We will foster a climate of trust, honesty and mutual respect We will develop reciprocal relationships with our community which will be of mutual benefit to families and school and which will support our children’s learning. We believe that teaching is a reflective profession. We value our teachers and our support staff and will support them in their role and their professional development.
Education is at the core of our nation’s effort to achieve economic and social progress. In recognition of the fundamental importance of education, the Government sets the following goals for the education system of New Zealand.
1. The highest standards of achievement, through programmes which enable all students to realise their full potential as individuals, and to develop the values needed to become full members of New Zealand’s society.
2. Equality of educational opportunity for all New Zealanders, by identifying and removing barriers to achievement.
3. Development of the knowledge, understanding and skills needed by New Zealanders to compete successfully in the modern, ever-changing world.
4. A broad education through a balanced curriculum covering essential learning areas with high levels of competence in basic literacy and numeracy, science and technology.
5. Excellence achieved through the establishment of clear learning objectives, monitoring student performance against those objectives, and programmes to meet individual need.
6. Success in their learning for those with special needs by ensuring that they are identified and receive appropriate support.
7. Increased participation and success by Maori through the advancement of Maori education initiatives, including education in Te Reo Maori, consistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
8. Respect for the diverse ethnic and cultural heritage of the New Zealand people, with acknowledgment of the unique place of Maori, and New Zealand’s role in the Pacific and as a member of the international community of nations.
9. Access for students to a nationally and internationally recognised qualifications system to encourage a high level of participation in post-school education in New Zealand.
10. A sound foundation in the early years for future learning and achievement through programmes which include support for parents in their vital role as their children’s first teachers.