Students also have multiple opportunities for service and leadership. Our school council are elected by their peers and run a number of school initiatives like Pink Shirt Day. In 2020 they initiated and led us in an Appreciation Day for our Essential Workers. This saw our school take time to show our thanks for these people who worked hard supporting our community during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdowns.
Needless to say we are very proud of our students for their participation, achievements and successes and our staff who are committed and hard working. They give willingly of their time to ensure our children are given every opportunity to enjoy their schooling and develop their talents and skills building confidence and self esteem.
We create multiple opportunities for students to learn about the cultures that make up our wonderfully diverse school. We celebrate all cultures in our school and the language weeks where we encourage students to wear their traditional dress to our Friday Assemblies.
2021, is a milestone year for us, marking the opening of our bilingual classes: Ako te reo Māori and Le Gagana Samoa.
Chinese language is also an option at our school through the Confucius Institute. In 2019, we were the proud recipients of two awards in the Confucius Student Film Competition - Best Idea and Best overall. The focus was on the use of Chinese language in the film.
We have a Pacific and Indian dance groups and Kapa Haka.
We have a school choir led by our wonderful Mrs Netta Wylie.
Our choir performs at the APPA choir festival every year and we do multiple performances for our school and community.
We have a ukulele club and other music opportunities in the classroom.
2021 has seen us start passion projects where students have the opportunity to work with a different teacher pursuing an area of their choice.
We take a hands on approach, making learning fun through science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. These are central in our classroom programmes alongside reading and writing that we integrate across the curriculum as core subjects.
We are actively engaged in the revitalisation of our local park Onewnerowhero / Brains park on the Whau River. To do this we are working closely with Eco Matters.
Students at our school have multiple sporting opportunities. Classroom programmes include, swimming, athletics, gymnastics and ball skills. There are also opportunities for students to participate in sporting events, competing against other schools in our area and across Auckland.
Over the years we have been the proud winners across multiple sporting codes including Rugby, Touch rugby, Basketball, Netball. Recently we placed 3rd at our inter school swimming competition and were overall winners of the Rugby League tournament.