We are a friendly and welcoming school with a holistic approach to education. Focused on celebrating, and providing opportunities to meet, the unique needs of every child whether these be academic, sporting or artistic.
GEMS – Our Key Principles
He Taonga a tatou Tamariki
Our Children Are Our Treasure
At Birchville School we are passionate about helping people discover and achieve their potential.We recognise that people come with different values, culture, strengths and needs and as a staff, together with our community, we are committed to celebrating diversity and providing a quality education that meets the needs of all students.
Learning at Birchville
We believe that all of our tamariki / children are similar to Gemstones in that they are small but precious, they are diverse and unique, and they take time within the right environment to develop, grow and reach their potential.
Teaching at Birchville
As educators at Birchville School, we see our role as helping our children shine. We do this through genuine relationships, meaningful opportunities and a rich, holistic curriculum which challenges, engages, promotes and celebrates learning for all.
Our purpose is: Love to learn. Learn to Love. Aroha ki te ako . Ako ki te Aroha.
This is our shared vision and purpose for all of us who work at Birchville School.
It is what we strive to achieve, promote, model and expect.
We feel that this vision captures two key ideas about us as a team.
Our commitment to learning and our commitment to the well being of ourselves and others.
Our GEMS are embedded within: Love to Learn (Growth) and Learn to Love (Empathy, Mana and Self Belief).
We feel that the first part relates to knowledge (Ako and Wananga) and the second part is about relationships and humanity. (Whanungatanga, Manaakitanga and Tangata Whenuatanga)
We feel that learning to love is about finding the things that make us happy, that excite us, our passions and aspirations and that the more we learn the more likely we are to live full, happy lives. It is also about valuing each other and a culture of high trust, acceptance of diversity and a commitment to the team.
To us this statement captures what it is that drives us to do the job we do.
Ahakoa he iti he pounamu
Although it is small, it is greenstone
Our Social Skill focus for Weeks 5-6, Term 2 2017
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Teaching and learning - Our approach