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A closer look at charters

A charter is a key planning document that sets out a school’s objectives and targets. It guides teaching and learning programmes, and the activities of the school.

The links below show charters from four different New Zealand schools. Each one has its own style and emphasis.

Orewa Primary is a decile 8 school in north Auckland. Their charter includes their mission statement, guiding principles, cultural diversity, strategic plan 2013-2015, and an annual section outlining the four strategic aims. 

Hukanui School is a high decile, large primary in Hamilton. Their charter is an infographic with learning priorities, goals, strategic aims, and values placed in the school's tree logo. Special mention is made to priority learner groups.

Manurewa Intermediate is a large multicultural decile 1 school in South Auckland. The charter provides information on how it was developed and has a strong focus on cultural diversity and Māori culture.

Merivale School is a small decile 1 primary in Tauranga. "Our demographic profile is over 80% Māori ... It's all about Māori enjoying educational success as Māori learners and our desire as a school to provide innovative learning models that enhance what it means to be Māori."

Questions to consider

  • Is your charter accessible to your community?
  • Does it clearly reflect the ethos and direction of your school?
  • What processes do you follow to create your charter and who is involved?

Are you aware of other interesting school charters? Please email the URLs to nzcurriculum@tki.org.nz and tell us what is worth noticing.

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