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Alexandra Primary School vision

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The Alexandra Primary School vision is inspired by landmarks around Alexandra, giving students a local and relevant context with which to view their learning journey. Students at Alexandra Primary School wrote and directed this movie to explain what their school vision means. The film and accompanying questions, supports schools to reflect on the relevance and suitability of their own vision.

Professional learning conversations

These questions and suggested actions encourage you to reflect on your own school context.

What we want for our young people

"Our vision is for young people:

  • who will be creative, energetic, and enterprising
  • who will seize the opportunities offered by new knowledge and technologies to secure a sustainable social, cultural, economic, and environmental future for our country
  • who will work to create an Aotearoa New Zealand in which Māori and Pākehā recognise each other as full Treaty partners, and in which all cultures are valued for the contributions they bring
  • who, in their school years, will continue to develop the values, knowledge, and competencies that will enable them to live full and satisfying lives
  • who will be confident, connected, actively involved, and lifelong learners."

The New Zealand Curriculum, p10

  • Alexandra Primary School has used the suggested NZC vision for learners and put it into a local context. How does your school vision relate to local knowledge and community values?
  • Challenge the students at your school to describe and present your school vision. Their response may prompt a review of your school vision as part of a curriculum design and review process.


We have a school banner to show what our school is all about on one big picture. It symbolises learning at Alexandra Primary School and includes some local landmarks. The symbols on the banner include a clock, which represents continuous learning, the river – pathway to your future, the bridge – making connections, and the learning rocks, which are learning to be, learning to know, learning to do, and learning to live together. And also the Leaning rock, which is the big key competencies rock.

On the hills it shows some of the learning strategies that we use: Habits of Mind, values, self regulated learning, child centred learning, and integrated inquiry.

The clock represents continuous learning. It tells us that anything is learning and learning never stops. You even learn after school and through out your life.

The Alexandra bridge plays a big part in our banner. The bridge represents making connections into our schools and with others. We make connections with the kindergarten and the high school and we believe we connect to our future.

These four rocks symbolise the ways of learning at Alexandra Primary School: Learning to know – using language symbols and texts, symbolises the different subjects we do. We also do multiple intelligences as part of our inquiry. Learning to be – relating to others. This rock symbolises our values. We know that being different is a good thing and we respect each other’s differences. Teachers help us become active learners towards our future ambitions. And make sure we are good citizens. Learning to do – thinking, managing self. This rock symbolises the different skills we have. Learning to live together – our final rock symbolises participating and contributing, learning to appreciate each other, ourselves, and the environment.

The leaning rock symbolises the key competencies. This is a landmark in Alexandra. We chose it for our key competencies rock because it is big and stands out. The key competencies rock ties our banner together because all the key competencies are developed in all ways of learning at our school.

Updated on: 24 Jun 2009