In conjunction with the board of trustees, MOE, teachers, parents and students, Te Huruhi school has developed a School Charter to clarify our intentions both currently and going forwards.
At Te Huruhi we are Confident, Connected and Creative Learners.
- Confident – I am … positive in my own identity; motivated with a ‘can-do’ attitude; resilient; and a contributor (Resilience)
- Connected – I take part, I participate; I relate well to others; I am an active learner; Turangawaewae … I have concern and feeling for the land, its people and the environment. (Reciprocity)
- Creative – I am … imaginative; expressive and productive; a thinker – critical, reflective, and independent. (Resourcefulness)
- Learner – I am … literate; numerate; a seeker, creator and wise user of knowledge; developing the skills and habits needed for lifelong learning. (Reflectiveness)
Ahakoa he iti he māpihi pounamu / From small things big things grow
The Te Huruhi Way is underpinned by five core values – The Five Cs:
- In celebrating and improving student learning opportunities we will work:
- To celebrate and value the diversity on our island where cultural and social boundaries are more easily crossed.
- To maintain open and transparent practice that values and welcomes parent and community involvement in the education of our children.
- To utilise the resources, taonga and talents of the wider community to support students’ learning.
- To nurture and promote Maori language and culture throughout the school.
- To support the development of the Nga Purapura Akoranga immersion unit for any students wishing to participate.
- To provide each year, increasing opportunities for students to develop their E learning skill and capacity.
- To celebrate the diverse heritage and culture of students within our school.
Cultural Diversity and Special Character
Waiheke Island is a unique location with a diverse community. Te Huruhi School aims to reflect the culture, heritage and diversity of our school community in all of it’s practices, and to leverage the talents and taonga that we have available to us in supporting our students’ learning.
All cultures within the school are valued and celebrated. This is achieved through modelling, teaching, and the active promotion of the Te Huruhi Way and the 5Cs. Staff members will ensure that students from all cultures are treated with respect and dignity, and will support each student to develop their own identity and reach their full potential. Te Huruhi School will maintain open and transparent practices that value and welcome parent and community involvement in the education of our children.
Te Huruhi School aims to uphold Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori for all students through inclusive learning practices. The school will support and promote the aspirations of Māori, particularly through offering Māori medium education through Ngā Purapura Akoranga. Parents from any cultural background may apply to enrol their children in Ngā Purapura Akoranga and become part of the whānau. Te Huruhi School will include whānau and the wider Māori community in the education of our tamariki.
Te Huruhi School will ensure that all policies, procedures and school practices reflect the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi in particular, and the diversity of cultures in New Zealand more generally. Te Huruhi School aims to follow the principles outlined in The Māori Education Strategy: Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013 -2017. The school will develop strategies for developing links to whānau/families to assist with understanding the needs of each individual child and promoting their success.
Strategic Goals 2019 To 2021
The following 4 statements are the cornerstones of our Strategic Goals. They form the basis for our decision making at all levels of the school organisation:
E manawanui ana mātou ki te kura o Te Huruhi ki te whakatairanga i ngā āhuatanga whaitake mā ngā ākonga katoa kia tū māia, kia tū rangatira.
At Te Huruhi School we are committed to all students experiencing meaningful learning in a personalised, differentiated way that promotes confident and independent learners.
Ka puta atu a mātou tamariki mai i te kura me te mātua mōhio ko wai rātou, nō hea rātou, kia tū pakari ai rātou ki roto i te hāpori, otirā i te ao whānui.
Our children will leave our school knowing who they are and their sense of place in the local community and the world.
Ka matatau a mātou tamariki ki te pupuri i ngā pūkenga ako ā-reo, ā-tuhi, ā-pāngarau, ā-pūtaiao, ā-toi hoki.
Our children will be Literate and Numerate with lifelong learning skills in Science, the Arts and Te Reo.
He mea hirahira ki te ahurea o tō mātou kura, taiao me te marautanga hoki kia tautoko i ngā tamariki katoa ki te whakarangatira i te reo māori, ōna tikanga me te hītori o Aotearoa.
Support all learners to value, recognise and be inclusive of Te Reo, Tikanga Māori and the history of Aotearoa as important aspects of our school culture, environment and curriculum.