St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

Saint Thomas Aquinas School
1 Church St, Winton, Southland, New Zealand
Telephone: (03) 2368261, Email: office@stthomaswinton.school.nz

"Our Vision is to provide a supportive environment, which empowers students to achieve personal excellence and to be successful citizens in our global community."

 

Principles at St Thomas Aquinas School

Principles are the qualities that underpin curriculum design and action

Our School

Principles to underpin the design of our schools curriculum

NZC

Curriculum practice throughout our school is underpinned by and consistent with the NZC through performing the following actions;


1) High Expectations

High expectations are set, so all students are motivated and supported to develop in the areas of academic, cultural and sporting arenas.

The curriculum supports and empowers all students to learn and achieve personal excellence, regardless of their individual circumstances.

2) Learning to learn

Students are encouraged to develop responsibility for their learning and be actively involved in the learning process.

The curriculum encourages all students to reflect on their own learning processes and to learn how to learn.

3) Treaty of Waitangi

The school embraces and supports the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa, New Zealand. All students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of Te reo Māori me ōna tikanga.

The curriculum acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, and the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa, New Zealand. All students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga.

4) Cultural diversity

The school embraces and supports cultural diversity within New Zealand.

The curriculum reflects New Zealand’s cultural diversity and values the histories and traditions of all its people. 

5) Inclusion

All students are provided with a fair opportunity to learn.

The curriculum is non-sexist, non-racist, and non-discriminatory; it ensures that students’ identities, languages, abilities, and talents are recognised and affirmed and that their learning needs are addressed.


6) Coherence


Review of our curriculum and teaching practice ensures quality and innovative learning experiences, which cater for all learners.

The curriculum offers all students a broad education that makes links within and across learning areas, provides for coherent transitions, and opens up pathways to further learning.

7) Future focus

Provide rich learning opportunities that are relevant to student’s futures.

The curriculum encourages students to look to the future by exploring such significant future-focused issues as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise and globalization.

8) Community engagement

School fosters positive partnerships with all those involved in the students learning.

The curriculum has meaning for students, connects with their wider lives, and engages the support of their families, whānau, and communities.

 

RESOURCES & LINKS

NEW ZEALAND MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

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NZ Curriculum online

ANY QUESTIONS

NZQA

DISCOVERY EDUCATION

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Encyclopaedia of New Zealand

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