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These snapshots provide examples of ideas and approaches some schools are using to strengthen their local curriculum. They are grouped into primary and secondary stories. 

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Arrowtown School – Lighting up minds through project based learning
Year 7 and 8 students from Arrowtown Primary School designed and created illuminated ski suits for a competition run by the school in collaboration with NZ Ski. Teachers Grant Hammond and Joe Bailey explain their journey in implementing “Illuminate” – a project that has lit up the minds of their senior students and the slopes of Coronet Peak.

Menzies College – Localised learning at Mimihau Stream
Year 12 students from Menzies College have been catching and tagging trout in Mimihau Stream, sharing their findings with Fish and Game New Zealand. By gaining a more accurate picture of life in this waterway, students have challenged the assertion that Mimihau Stream is dead.

Primary snapshots

Amesbury School – Celebrating Diwali
Staff and students at Amesbury School recently celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. During the five day festival, students took part in learning experiences that built on their understandings of cultural diversity and students of Indian heritage shared their knowledge and customs.

Arrowtown School – Lighting up minds through project based learning
Year 7 and 8 students from Arrowtown Primary School designed and created illuminated ski suits for a competition run by the school in collaboration with NZ Ski. Teachers Grant Hammond and Joe Bailey explain their journey in implementing “Illuminate” – a project that has lit up the minds of their senior students and the slopes of Coronet Peak.

Children.

Cambridge East School – CamEast TV and the KCs
Students at Cambridge East School have set up their own successful TV show, CamEast TV. The school embarked on the project as part of their ICTPD contract, and have taken delight in watching their students succeed and grow as they learn.

Clendon Park School – Māori achieving success as Māori
This school snapshot explains what Māori achieving success as Māori looks like at Clendon Park School. 

Clifton Terrace Model School – Moving towards digital fluency
This snapshot explains how teachers at Clifton Terrace Model School are embedding the use of digital technologies across the curriculum. 

Hororata Primary School – Discovery learning
Marty Gameson, principal of Hororata Primary, shares how discovery learning aligns with their school vision and explores how it can be applied to improve learning outcomes.

Kaimai School – Play based learning 
Kaimai principal Dane Robertson shares his findings about play based learning and Kaimai School’s journey so far to put this into action.

 

Lyall Bay School – Benefits of a radio station
After nearly ten years of radio broadcasting we catch up with staff and students at Lyall Bay School to learn how Maranui FM has helped to build learner agency, key competencies, and community connections.

North East Valley Normal School – A new environment, a new outlook
North East Valley Normal School explore how well they take into account the needs of the significant number of Māori children and whānau at the school when developing curriculum.

Oakura School – Homes for penguins
Oakura Community and the Department of Conservation (DOC) had a project to do and needed some assistance. So they went to the obvious place for help and approached the children at Oakura School.

Omarumutu School – New opportunities through an old tradition
Students at Omarumutu School in Opotiki harnessed the annual agricultural day to develop key competencies.

Papakowhai School – Celebrating Samoan Language Week
Jo Henderson is a teacher of year 5 and 6 students at Papakowhai School. In this snapshot, Jo describes an integrated art and social sciences project that she planned for her students for Samoan Language Week. Find out how Jo demonstrated the NZC principles of cultural diversity and community engagement through this sequence of learning activities. 

Papakowhai School – Using the MASAM framework
Papakowhai School use the MASAM self review framework to help ensure they are delivering a culturally responsive curriculum. Principal Mark Smith explains how the framework has supported his school’s journey in enabling Māori students to achieve success as Māori.

Rangikura School – Pasifika parent group leads learning
During Sāmoan Language Week the staff, students, parents, and wider community of Rangikura School came together to enjoy an array of activities and celebrations which were organised by the school’s Rangikura Matua Pasifika Parent group.

Children.

Roslyn School – Our approach to the KCs
Teachers and students at Roslyn School designed and produced a set of five posters, for use across the school, to highlight what each key competency meant to them.

St John Bosco School – Learner agency
This snapshot describes how teachers at St John Bosco School are supporting learner agency in older prefabricated classrooms. 

Target road school children.

Target Road School – Financial capability and whānau engagement
In this school snapshot, Christine Templeton, Deputy Principal of Target Road School, describes how and why they have drawn their community into learning about financial capability.

Tawa Intermediate – Student voice
Tawa Intermediate teachers asked their 21st century learners what they want from their 21st century school.

Te Akau ki Papamoa School – Cultural inclusiveness
Principal Bruce Jepson shares his kura’s vision and journey in becoming one of New Zealand's leading mainstream schools in normalising the delivery of te reo Māori and cultural competencies and the positive impacts on student achievement, school, and community culture.

Tomarata School – Developing our leavers’ profile
Learn how the community of Tomarata School has created a school leavers’ profile by exploring and defining what a future oriented learner looks like.

Wairakei School  – Working in partnership with Ngāti Tūwharetoa
Schools in the Taupō area, including Wairakei School, have worked in partnership with Ngāti Tūwharetoa to ensure students learn about their iwi, its history, places, and stories. 

WAPA 2020 cluster – STEAM in the junior school
Heather Kluit, Flanshaw Road School, leads a TLIF project across a cluster of seven schools, supported by Anna Watkin, junior school leader, and Nicola Smith, junior school teacher, from Massey Primary. Heather, Nicola, and Anna share their learning through supporting collaborative innovative STEAM inquiries with their junior school colleagues, across their schools and other schools in the cluster.  

Children.

West Melton School – KC kids
Julia Cider wanted a way to make the key competencies more meaningful to her students, so she transformed them into a set of child-friendly characters for her classroom – the 'KC Kids'.

Secondary snapshots

Fraser High School – Curriculum integration
Teaching and learning has been revitalised at Fraser High School through curriculum integration and the use of authentic contexts.

Howick College – The innovation stream
Learn how teachers at Howick College have adopted a new integrated approach to learning in a mainstream secondary setting.

McAuley High School – Community problem solving
McAuley High deputy principal Louise Addison shares her own and her students’ experiences with community problem solving and how this links to the high expectations principle. 

Menzies College – Localised learning at Mimihau Stream
Year 12 students from Menzies College have been catching and tagging trout in Mimihau Stream, sharing their findings with Fish and Game New Zealand. By gaining a more accurate picture of life in this waterway, students have challenged the assertion that Mimihau Stream is dead.

Ormiston Junior College - Designing graduate profile badges
Kat B. Liu-Asomua, Associate Leader of Learning at Ormiston Junior College shares the school’s journey to design their graduate profile badges.

The Catlins Area School – Aviation studies
Students at The Catlins Area School are working towards exciting new career opportunities in the aviation industry.

Whangarei Girls’ High School – Being an enterprise school
Anne Cooper, the principal of Whangarei Girls’ High School, believes taking an Education for Enterprise approach to learning begins at the strategic level. Identifying the values and school culture you want to develop, and having specific goals for the development of an enterprise culture within these, are the first steps.

We are always looking for new stories to share. If you think you are doing great things at your school please get in touch. 

Email us at nzcurriculum@tki.org.nz

Updated on: 22 Dec 2019


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