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Charter- 2016 “Learning Skills for Life” Waiau Pa School MOE Number: 1547

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An introduction to Waiau Pa School Location: Waiau Pa School is attractively situated in a semi-rural location, 21 kilometres from Pukekohe and Papakura. The rural setting contributes to the culture of the school which remains focused on positive social interaction and education of the ‘whole child’. History: Waiau Pa School officially opened in October 1890, in an unlined shed built by the first settlers. By 1900 the roll numbers had increased and the tiny shed became inadequate. A larger building was built on the Waiau Pa – Kingseat Road, which had then become more central. Once again in 1915 the roll growth exceeded the size of the building and the school was moved to its current position on Waiau Pa Road. Since this time the school has continued to rise to its present level of approximately 320 students. Features:     The environment continues to be semi-rural and the grounds are spacious. A sense of community is important with the parents supporting their child’s learning. The school ethos incorporates a rural school approach where students look after and support each other The school operates 14 classes from New Entrants to Year 8’s At Waiau Pa School… “Students are very engaged in their learning. They confidently contribute to classroom discussions and support each other by providing feedback about their ideas, successes and areas for improvement.” “Students are confident, capable learners. They have a strong sense of their identity and make decisions about how they can contribute to the life of the school. Students represent and advocate for themselves and others. Teachers support students to develop skills, knowledge and social capabilities in their academic, sporting, social and cultural endeavours. The school’s set of values and learning traits are well understood by students and are used to support their learning.” Education Review Office Report – 2015

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Our Vision Learning skills for life! ‘Three Shells’ LearningWānanga CommunityHapori Understanding Mātauranga Waiau Pa School is about creating life long learners. Our aim is to develop people who are Powerful Learners, who contribute positively to the community with their RICH values and their Deep Understanding of the core skills as well as the world around them. The "Three Shells" encapsulates our vision for our school and consists of 3 key aspects – Learning -Wānanga, Community – Hapori, Understanding Mātauranga. Our Mission “To develop life long powerful learners who make a positive contribution to our community”

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What makes us Waiau Pa The Waiau Pa School community believe the following features make us unique; Calf Club Calf Club is an important event on the school calendar. Students from Year 4 and above are expected to compete with a calf, lamb, goat, chicken, garden or project. There is a large involvement from the wider community in the judging of the indoor section of the Calf Club as well as contributing to the Event. Education outside the classroom School camps are viewed as a valuable part of the wider school curriculum. It is an expectation that the classes from Year 5 and above experience an overnight camp each year. Excellence We want students who aim high and persevere in the face of difficulty. There are high expectations from the school community. Parents want their children to extend themselves and reach or exceed expectation for their age. Culture of caring for others Waiau Pa School is determined to retain the ethos of small rural school where students show care and respect for each other. Students are given responsibilities to enable them to feel connected to the school. The school promotes our RICH values through all aspects of daily life. Digital Learning Tools The use of digital tool for learning is an integral part of life at our school. Digital technologies are blended into the normal classroom programme to enhance and support learning programmes. All classrooms have a range of digital tools avaibale. Students in Rimu & Kauri syndicates being able to bring a school approved digital device. This is made possible through the support of the Apopo Educational Trust.

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Vision: Learning Skills for Life Mission: To develop life long, powerful learners who make a positive contribution to our community My Learning: Wānanga My Community: Hapori My Understanding: Mātauranga Belief: We believe that students empowered with the skills of learning will become life long learners. Belief: We believe in developing a strong sense of community in order to make a positive difference in our lives and lives of others. Belief: We believe a sound understanding of the core skills will allow us to understand & investigate the world around us. Powerful Learners: Students Make Connections, Reflect, Take Risks, Persevere, Ask Questions Sense of Community: Numeracy: Literacy: Deep Learning: Art / P.E / Music: RICH Thinking Creatively: Children will be given experiences to develop & display their creativity of thought & actions throughout all areas of learning Positive Difference: Powerful Learners: Staff Peer Mediation / School leaders Technology: To develop a broad technological understanding that will equip them to participate in a global society

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Learning - Wānanga Learning Wānanga “We believe that students empowered with the skills of learning will become life long learners” Waiau Pa learners are ‘Powerful Learners’. To be a powerful learner students will ;      Make Connections between their past experiences and knowledge and be able to transfer this to new learning. Ask Questions to clarify understanding and to think creatively about solving problems. Take Risks with their learning to move out of their comfort zone. Reflect on what has worked and how we can do it better. Persevere, keep trying in all situations. These five features make up a shared language which is incorporated into all aspects of school life. Learning – Wānanga in a Maori Perspective AKO At Waiau Pa ako means that we are all learners and teachers. NGATAHITANGA At Waiau Pa ngātahitanga means that we learn together and collaborate to improve

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Community- Hapori CommunityHapori “We believe in developing a strong sense of community in order to make a positive difference in our lives and lives of others.” This programme is based around our four core values which are; Respect Inclusion Caring Honesty Some features of this structure are;     Peer Mediation- Students are trained in the Cool Schools mediation process. During break times Peer Mediators are actively involved in the mediation of minor playground disputes. Student Leadership- Senior students are given responsibilities and leadership opportunities throughout the school. They are encouraged to be part of making a positive difference for others. House Structure- The school is divided into four houses named after four families from the Waiau Pa area, Cole, Clark, Millen and Matheson. Houses compete against each other in sporting events as well a house point system. PTA- We have an active PTA who create a positive link between home and school. The PTA is actively involved in fundraising for the school as well as being a source of consultation with the community. Community- Hapori in a Maori Perspective WHANAUNGATANGA At Waiau Pa whanaungatanga means strong connections with each other and our whenua. MANAAKI At Waiau Pa manaaki means to support, take care of others and the environment and show our RICH values.

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REFLECTING THE CULTURAL DIVERSITY AT WAIAU PA SCHOOL We will embrace all cultures. The school curriculum will encourage students to understand and respect the different cultures which make up New Zealand society. It will ensure that the experiences, cultural traditions, histories, and languages of all New Zealanders are recognised and valued. Our plans and policies will be implemented in ways that are sensitive to the cultural backgrounds and values of individual children and their families. We will cater for cultural diversity by:  Being aware of and empathetic toward the range of different cultures and groups within the school .  Ensuring school programmes take into account the cultural differences of the school community. REFLECTING THE WAIAU PA MAORI COMMUNITY We recognise and value the unique position of Maori in New Zealand society. The views and needs of our Maori community, including tikanga Maori and te reo Maori, will be considered through continued consultation. The school curriculum will acknowledge the importance to all New Zealanders of both Maori and Pakeha traditions, histories and values. Waiau Pa School will take all reasonable steps to incorporate tikanga Maori and Maori culture into the school curriculum, which could include:  A school wide programme of Te Reo for all students  EOTC programmes which include cultural activities Instruction in Te Reo Maori for full time students whose parents request it. If a whanau requests a higher level of tikanga and/or te reo that is presently being offered, the Board of Trustees, Staff and family will discuss the following options, depending on appropriateness, cost effectiveness and feasibility:  Further extend existing programmes  Provide a Te Reo programme in the school for all students  Consider what support the local iwi can provide within the school’s programmes and organisational structures to address expec tations  Explore other schools which may offer programmes closer to their expectations. Waiau Pa School will discover the views and concerns of the school’s Maori community by:  Developing, maintaining and supporting a Whanau group in the school.  By ensuring formal meetings are held to discuss concerns, areas for improvements, celebrating success and ways forward  Ensuring that school management take responsibility for the fostering of positive relations with the Whanau.

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Kaupapa for Learning at Waiau Pa Learning- Wānanga Wānanga at Waiau Pa looks like…. AKO At Waiau Pa ako means that we are all learners and teachers. Ako is shown in...  Buddy classes  Te Reo buddy classes  Sharing My Learning Evenings  Classroom experts  Star of the day / Class leaders  Powerful Learner traits  Teaching as Inquiry - Plenary sessions with children  Wikipage reflections/Blogs  Student agency - what is learning? How do I learn best? Who helps me with my learning? NGATAHITANGA At Waiau Pa ngātahitanga means that we learn together and collaborate to improve. Ngātahitanga is shown in...  Treaty at beginning of the year  Whole class rewards  RICH Celebration  Person to person bonding  Greetings / Mihi in morning ritual  Whole school term focus  Sharing Community- Hapori Hapori at Waiau Pa looks like…. WHANAUNGATANGA At Waiau Pa whanaungatanga means strong connections with each other and our whenua. Whanaungatanga is shown in...  Enviro Schools programme  Maori legend - Papatuanuku and Ranginui  Classroom practice  Strong, respectful relationships with learners, their whānau, hapū, iwi and everyone in between.  Te Reo buddy classes  Sharing My Learning, Parent Interviews  Know your students backgrounds  Involving parents and whanau with learning  Cooperative learning structures  Community feedback MANAAKI At Waiau Pa manaaki means to support, take care of others and the environment and show our RICH values. Manaaki is shown in...  Peer mediation  Buddy classes  Houses  Monitors—Road Patrol, Office Duty etc  Inclusion sports Understanding- Mātauranga Mātauranga at Waiau Pa looks like…. WHAKAPAPA At Waiau Pa whakapapa means having a strong sense of identity and knowing who they are. Whakapapa is shown in …  Enviro Schools programme  ‘Identity’ Deep Learning topic  Involving parents/community in school events (Calf Club, Friends of Waiau Pa meetings)  ANZAC celebrations and memorial on school grounds  Grandparents Day - sharing our learning with our extended family  Calf Club - rural community and tradition at Waiau Pa WHAKAMANAWA At Waiau Pa whakamanawa means being confident and in control of themselves and their learning. Whakamanawa is shown in …  Sharing goals and next steps for learning.  Leaderships and duties roles around the school.  Goal setting and co-constructing steps with students to achieve their goals so that students are confident in their way forward.  Celebrating and sharing stories and successes.  Achievers badges and points.

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Understanding Mātauranga Understanding - Mātauranga “We believe a sound understanding of the core skills will allow us to understand and investigate the world around us.” The priorities for Waiau Pa are; To explore relationships in quantities, space, and data and express these relationships in ways that helps them to make Numeracy sense of the world around them. Literacy Reading Writing Oral Language Deep Learning Thinking Creatively Technology Literacy in English gives students access to the understanding, knowledge and skills they need to participate in their environment and the wider world. To be successful participants they need to be effective oral, written and visual communicators who are able to think critically and in depth. A deep understanding about the world around them will be gained through meaningful, authentic and engaging concepts. Children will be given experiences to develop and display their creativity of thought and actions throughout all areas of learning. To develop a broad technological understanding that will equip them to participate in a global society. Understanding – Mātauranga in a Maori Perspective WHAKAPAPA At Waiau Pa whakapapa means having a strong sense of identity and knowing who they are. WHAKAMANAWA At Waiau Pa whakamanawa means being confident and in control of themselves and their learning.

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CHARTER UNDERTAKING In accordance with Section 64 of the Education Act, the Waiau Pa School Board of Trustees undertakes to take all reasonable steps to achieve the purpose, aims and objectives in this Charter which have been approved by the Board following consultation with the community in terms of Section 61 and 63 of the Education Act, and to take full account of the National Education Guidelines and all the statutory obligations. The Board has accepted this charter as its undertaking to the Ministry of Education. This charter will be submitted to the Ministry in Term 1 2016. This charter and its annual goals will be reviewed in December 2016. Chairperson Board of Trustees: ________________________________________ Date_________________________________

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