Hunua School

About me: My name is Heather Frost and I'm proud to be the Principal of this unique little rural school. We have a focus on our environment and Education outside the classroom. I have a passion for skiing and the outdoors and as a result the children get the opportunity to explore our environment to learn about amazing weather patterns, volcanoes, a different outdoors from where we live and opportunities to learn about potential risks in many demanding environments.

We are now taking our senior students to different outdoor venues, with a key focus around environmental issues as we are now a Silver environmental school.

The school's cross country occurs on my property and the children learn how to take risks in a supported environment while having a whole lot of fun.

We hope you enjoy visiting our site and we are always very happy to talk to anyone about out lovely school.

The team have participated in the MindLab professional development programme that supports collaborative learning and Inquiry.  They are implementing their ideas in the classroom. Our two new teachers are now participating in the Mindlab programme too.

Our school has a keen interest in environmental education and we have a "discovery Pathway" underway where we are planning a 'weta hotel' and a 'lizard lounge.' We have been fortunate in being able to access a grant to support a project around eradicating pests from our school environment and have staff from Fisher and Paykel Healthcare supporting our learning in regard to this.

We are keen to have all children attaining at least the "At" status against the National standards in the very near future in reading, writing and maths.

 

There are three key objectives that will be our priority

in the next three years to ensure our success

 

EDUCATION

To empower the learners so that they challenge themselves to succeed, educationally, socially, emotionally and physically to reach their full potential.

  •  Teachers work in learning partnership with parents, whānau and community to ensure that Māori learners at Hunua School succeed as Māori.
  • School-wide strategies for thinking and learning skills encourage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and become self-regulated learners.
  • Develop authentic learning opportunities particularly in the local community.
  • Use the National Standards to effectively improve learning and achievement in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
  • Challenge Teachers to continuously improve their practice and promote leadership amongst the team in specific curriculum areas.
  • Develop the eLearning and Inquiry of the school to ensure we are a school of excellence in the next 3 years.
  • Develop and embed the Key Competencies into all aspects of learning and teaching at Hunua School.
  • Create and develop Discovery Time and Makerspaces /STEAM learning environments, (social, emotional and physical).

 

SOCIAL

To support learners to become responsible, caring and nurturing citizens.

  •  Promote our school-wide values of RiCH – Respect, i, Caring, Honesty.
  • Behaviour Management - Clear expectations of behaviour that everyone agrees to  (SWPB4L- School-Wide Positive Behaviour for Learning)  An effective behaviour management programme reviewed on an annual basis.

 

COMMUNITY

To build a learning partnership with the Hunua Community. 

  •  Further develop parents, family and whanau partnerships with the school (cottage meetings SWPB4L). 
  • To further include the Māori families and community in all aspects of school life.
  • Connecting to the local area and personnel (authentic learning and mentoring).
  • To have a well balanced budget that meets the needs of the learner.
  • Preserving the rural character of the school.
  • Develop strong and effective relationships with other schools to extend and enhance learning and teaching.
  • Promote the School throughout the Community and beyond in order to increase our profile in the education community as well as increase our roll number.
  • To ensure the schools physical environment is designed and maintained in a way that supports modern learning practices for the learners to succeed educationally, socially, emotionally and physically.
  • To ensure the Health and Safety of Hunua School learners and the wider school community we need to make the drop off / pick up of its learners as safe as possible.  The current situation is that the school buses compete with caregivers cars in a confined space.  Many learners have to cross the road in order to enter the school.
  • We are creating a drop-off zone for the safety of Hunua school families and friends.  There will be pedestrian access from the drop-off zone to the school buildings.  This development will involve learners in the landscaping design and encourage parent and community involvement in the concept of safety for our school community.