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Our Initiatives

There's a lot more to us than meets the eye! These are a few things that make up a special part of the culture of our kura/school. Don't just read about it, come and see for yourself!

Innovative Learning Journey

Nau mai, haere mai. Welcome to the Kaurilands Innovative Learning Journey.

We use the word ‘journey’ because we’re still not at our destination, if you could even say that one exists in the educational sphere. We are kaiako in Innovative Learning Spaces, who are taking steps toward identifying a 21st Century learning model that is as differentiated as our learners.

This is an exciting, challenging and thought provoking time to be in education. Norms are being challenged, there is a paradigm shift in the educational sphere. There are shifts in the ways in which knowledge is created and acquired and this changing landscape requires different skills from our learners; we must change what skills we value as educators and society as a whole. We are striving to build these skills in our learners so that they are enabled to think with agency, collaborate effectively and be curious about their passions and the world around them. By building differentiated curriculum opportunities for ākonga we are giving them the greatest gift; to take ownership of their own learning journeys.

In the classroom we work alongside ākonga, to help them make informed choices about their learning; we support them to use their own assessment information to identify their learning gaps. They then attend targeted workshops to address these gaps. The ākonga are able to demonstrate or present their learning in a variety of different ways. We aim to provide opportunities for each individual to build on their passions and interests, while they develop their understanding of themselves as a learner.

Our Seesaw blog (coming soon!) is just as much a voice for our tamariki; a space where they can share their learning with you too. You will find posts from our ākonga that will show you how we encourage student voice in both the creation and reflection on curriculum and learning. Please feel free to comment and ask questions. We’d love for you to join us on our journey.

It is our hope that every learner leaves Kaurilands with the ability to: collaborate with their peers, innovate and create, think critically and creatively about the world around them and demonstrate citizenship in the communities they belong to. We call these our Graduate Learner Dispositions and they are integrated into all aspects of teaching and learning at Kaurilands. You will find posts on the ILP Seesaw blog related to these four focus areas.

We love visitors too so if you’d like to come and see the work we are doing and how our spaces work, you are more than welcome!

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Māori / Pasifika

We maintain a strong connection to our whenua, our land and greatly value the connections created with Māori and Pasifika whānau. Students hear Te Reo everyday, during class lessons, the Daily Tui language clips, our school values and signage. Te Reo is woven throughout our curriculum.

Our annual Matariki celebrations are a real highlight in the school calendar, bringing the whole community together over stories and kai. We will be celebrating together this year on Thursday, June 29th. It's not to be missed, pop it in your calendar now.

The whānau hui/fono is a special time of sharing ideas and vision for our kura. Dates for 2017 are to be announced via email and newsletter later this year.

Senior Kapahaka is under the expert guidance of Matua Gary and Becks Va'ai teaches Senior Pasifika. Performances from either group or not to be missed! Check out our calendar to find out about when practices and performances are and talk to your teacher if you are keen to join up.

This year we are developing the role of Māori student ambassadors who will promote all things Te Reo and Tikanga throughout Kaurilands School, including the creation of the Te Reo Daily Tui clips.

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Enviro School 

Vision Statement: To have the school community totally engaged in and taking responsibility for looking after the environment, and to adopt sustainable practices.

With such beautiful grounds to look after it's no wonder we are a certified Enviro School. 

This means we recycle and compost as much of our waste as possible and promote litter-free lunch boxes as part of the Waste Wise programme. Our worm bins produce rich and pungent worm wee which you can purchase at any time from Room 17. 

We also work with our local council to plant native plants and keep our stream as a healthy home for all its inhabitants. Richard, our Enviro Schools Facilitator comes to educate both staff and students regularly on best sustainable practices. 

If you visit us in the afternoons you will also see our Kaitiaki Warriors zipping around the school collect waste for our hungry tiger worms. Over 1000 of them live behind the junior playground. 

Visit the Enviro Schools Website to find out more.

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What is PB4L - School Wide Positive Behaviour for Learning

PB4L is about teaching behaviour just as we teach other subjects.

We teach behaviour through the use of our School Values.

By teaching and rewarding expected behaviour this assists with the prevention of inappropriate behaviour. Students are helped to remember our behaviour expectations by targeted teaching and through our PB4L signage situated around the school.

Our classroom and playground reward system is three tiered. Every student has a sticker chart. Stickers are given out by any staff member to reward positive classroom or playground behaviour.

  • 25 stickers – students earn a class reward
  • 50 stickers – students earn a values wrist band, a certificate and their photo appears on the school TV in the foyer.
  • 100 stickers – students earn an end of term reward and a certificate given at a whole school assembly.

For more information on PB4L visit the Ministry of Education’s PB4L web page: http://pb4l.tki.org.nz

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Dig In! 

One of the first things you will notice at our school is the beautiful gardens and native forest. Our "Dig In!" programme is where students learn more about making the most of what grows at school and also taste it for themselves! Come and check out our beautiful vegetable beds, talk to our caretaker Sandra Fletcher about taking some produce home with you or get a worm bin tour from Whaea Jill, our Enviro leader. 

Children explore the gardens and forest during break times, including getting their hands dirty in our stream, home to kõura, fresh water crayfish, eels and Mokoroa, our kaitiaki taniwha, or guardian of our manga/creek. You will also spot Mokoroa on our school logo, keeping an eye on all of us!

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Student Leadership

Our student leadership programme offers students the opportunity to lead their peers and make decisions for our school.

Peer Mediators

The role of a peer mediator is problem solving by students with students. It is a process by which children who are having problems in the playground can work through with a peer mediator to find a solution. This role will assist duty teachers in supporting and ensuring all children feel safe and secure in our school environment.

Student Councillors

The student council helps share students’ ideas, interests and concerns with teachers, the principal and our school as a whole. The student council work together to voice the opinions of our Kaurilands students and will be part of organising school-wide activities, discussing community projects and helping solve some ‘big issues’ around our school.

Student Ambassadors

On of the roles student ambassadors have is to welcome visitors to Kaurilands School. They are in charge of taking groups of adults for tours to showcase all of the amazing things happening in the different spaces.  Student ambassadors often speak to whānau groups at different events about life as a student here at Kaurilands. The ambassadors are confident talking about their learning and answering questions when asked.

Māori Ambassadors

Our Māori Ambassadors meet with Kristin Joy fortnightly to learn Te Reo and Tikanga Māori. These students create videos which are shared on the Daily Tui (morning news) to help the rest of us learn these skills as well. 

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