Piwakawaka

Piwakawaka

Piwakawaka

Kia ora and welcome to the Piwakawaka Hapori!

 

Kia ora and welcome to the Piwakawaka Hapori!

Our Piwakawaka shared vision for our students is that ‘children will find school a happy and safe place where they will have the confidence and skills to overcome learning challenges, with integrity, whilst developing a positive self identity.’ 

We are comprised of approximately 150 Year 5 and 6 students, operating within and across our five smaller whanau which are led by six teachers with the support of two teacher aides.  We enjoy working collaboratively in our learning space, which is on the third floor (“Ohunga” meaning branches) overlooking the native bush of Totara Park. Within our space we have some little nooks and crannies to quietly complete work independently, specially designed furniture and layouts for when we need to collaborate with others, spaces for workshops, as well as breakout rooms.  We also utilise other spaces of the school, as needed, for our learning.

Our Hapori begins the BYOiPad journey at TGS and we use a range of technology, apps and websites to compliment our learning.  Each student also has their own blog and Hero account where they share their learning and have a chance to reflect on what we have been doing in class with their peers and wider whanau.

Our learning focuses on the traditional school subjects of Literacy, Mathematics and Science, however, we also strongly believe that education is about developing the ‘whole child’ and as such we give equal importance to all other curriculum areas. Students will have opportunities to learn in a cross-curricular way through Inquiry and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) and interwoven into our learning are the key competencies, life values and self-management skills.  Our students work towards the words on their WINGS badge: ‘Wonder, Innovate, Nurture, Growth and Succeed’, to inspire them and their learning.

At our level, we are continuing to develop the skills and dispositions needed to become Self-Directed Learners (SDL).  We have many opportunities within our programme to analyse our assessment information and, with teacher guidance, we are learning to make choices about our next learning steps and then use these to sign up for relevant and appropriate workshops.  We are also learning how to make smart decisions for our learning such as when to work alone and when to work collaboratively, how to minimise or avoid distractions and time management skills to name a few.