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We celebrate our place: our historic school site, our unique environment, our school values and how we contribute to our world. These concepts underpin everything we do.
At Worser Bay School, we strive for excellence in achievement. We have high expectations for our children who are encouraged to make decisions about how our teaching and learning programme is shaped. Students and teachers share the ownership of what happens in the classroom.
“Student achievement is high. Positive relationships and interactions are evident between teachers and students. Children actively engage in their lessons, taking increasing responsibility for their own achievement and contributing to in-depth learning conversations. Teachers affirm and build on students contributions."
Our school promotes an engaged community, both within the school and the community. Our children all know each other; all the students, throughout the school, have the chance to work with each other – and all of the teachers. We make the most of our neighbourhood, children spend time outside of school, be it making the most of the beautiful Worser Bay Beach or visiting nearby attractions or facilities. We have a strong and loyal parent community and encourage all parents to initiate involvement with the school.
“School values, tone, climate and culture and community relationships provide a strong foundation for sustained student learning. ”
Professional development for our teachers is key; we provide an environment where highly effective teachers are encouraged to strive for excellence. We are all learning and we are constantly looking for ways to improve what we do and how we do. Teachers are reflective and work together to question how we can add value to student learning.
“A team approach to planning and organising the cooperative teaching classrooms allows for flexible grouping, consequently making the most of teaching time for students with similar learning needs and strengths.”
E te hihi o te rā e kōkiri kei runga e,
The kūaha makes reference to these, to the left the moon, marama, to right the stars, nga whetū, and te rā, the sun in the centre.
Today, we can still observe the passing of stars, sun and moon, just as they did many hundreds of years earlier from this same site.
The kuaha, our special entrance to the school was completed in 2009 with the assistance of Dean Whiting - conservator, artist and former parent in our school community.
You will also see that our spaces are named after stars:
Mahutonga: Southern Cross
Matariki: Seven Sisters
Tautoru: Three stars of Orion's belt