St Thomas Aquinas School
Principles are the qualities that underpin curriculum design and
Principles to underpin the design of our schools
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
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.
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
4) Cultural diversity
The school embraces and supports cultural diversity within New
reflects New Zealand’s cultural diversity and values the histories and traditions of all its
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
Review of our curriculum and teaching practice ensures quality and innovative
learning experiences, which cater for all learners.
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
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
The curriculum has
meaning for students, connects with their wider lives, and engages the support of their families, whānau, and