Preparing learners for now and the future

Our Learning

Locally Grounded
Globally Aware
Lifelong Learners

The tuakana–teina relationship, an integral part of traditional Māori society, provides a model for buddy systems. An older or more expert tuakana helps and guides a younger or less expert teina.

At Pahoia, we value working together and recognise the benefits that such relationships have both on learning and in social interactions. Therefore, when a child transitions into our school, either from a kindergarten or another school, we aim to provide such an environment.

Experience has shown us that the children settle quickly and make solid connections with those around them.

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Learning Together

At Pahoia School we work together in innovative learning environments that have teachers working in teams and open learning environments to support the needs of their learners. Modern learning practices have developed over the years and we continually reflect on our practice to best support our children to be successful. Technology is integrated into the learning process to be a natural part of the environment.

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Vision for Learning

Our vision for the school is ‘To be a community of globally aware and locally grounded, confident, lifelong learners’. We hold a set of values and attributes for our children that unpin the qualities and skills needed to be an effective learner. These key areas influence our planning for learning and the way that we teach and engage with each other.

Being active in our learning is an important value for our community. We recognise that learning never stops and that connections need to be made between the formal learning process and the reality of the world our children live in. Every child brings so much to their own learning and to those around them. Learning from our experiences, successes and mistakes is important.

Without curiosity, risk and the willingness to get things wrong, learning can’t happen. We are deliberate in creating a high trust environment where children are enabled to explore, take risks, try new things, test their ideas and stretch their thinking.

Providing a foundation of key literacy and numeracy skills, along with the development of the attributes that make up a lifelong learner are what supports our children in being successful.

The motivation to learn and improve, and a willingness to problem solve and reflect underpins successful people. These are the qualities we are looking to develop as we work together for the success of our children.

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