We live in a fast changing technological world. It is our students’ world and we have had to adjust to make connections on every level. At RRS we understand this and together with our students we are all learning to navigate the digital moana. Part of that journey is using the internet to supplement traditional methods of teaching in fun and innovative ways.
The Key Message of our New Curriculum
The journey or HIKOI represented in the imagery above outlines the different components which must come together in order to achieve the RRS motto which is to Aim High. Together we fly. The TOREA (Pied Oyster Catcher) bird is symbolic to our RRS culture – characteristics of staying focused, digging deep, knowing who you are and growing in one’s identity throughout their journey at RRS helps in successfully completing the learning journey.
Because kura is one of the most important stages of a child’s journey in life, this mural entitled HIKOI explains the importance of staying focused, digging deep, knowing who you are, and being yourself on your journey.
A Mangere local and inhabitant of Manukau Moana. We expect to see the key traits of the Torea in our students on their HIKOI.
3 Key Strengths:
Creativity – students and teachers are being creative in their thinking and are able to think outside the square.
Critical thinking – students and teachers making reasoned judgements that are logical and well-thought out. It is a way of thinking in which you don’t simply accept all arguments and conclusion, but rather have an attitude involving questioning such as arguments and conclusions.
Community minded – being culturally responsive in terms of planning and delivering our learning programs to students, and encouraging families, whanau and the community to engage with the school and with the curriculum.
Inclusiveness – Providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all learners and their families that is emotionally, socially and physically safe for all. We ensure that curriculum recognises and affirms the identities, languages, abilities and talents of all students.
Four strands of learning:
The values are the roots of our learning which are respect, relationship, service. These provide the foundation for our learning.
Bilingual education is an important feature in the RRS learning culture. We value our students’ heritage languages and this is reflected in our Samoan Bilingual Unit Puna O le Malamalama (Fountain of Knowledge). Our unit caters for Years 1 to Year 8 which allows for the continual growth of language culture throughout a student’s time at RRS.
Literacy (English) enables students to enjoy and use spoken, visual and written language effectively for a range of purposes and audiences. Students will develop their ability to read, listen and view critical messages from television, film, the computer and other visual media. The Literacy Programme at Robertson Road School is structured and planned in accordance with the New Zealand National English Curriculum and The Literacy Learning Progressions (LLPs).
The curriculum document for English consists of two strands:
- Making Meaning- including Reading, Viewing, and Listening
- Creating Meaning- including Writing, Presenting, and Speaking
These strands are interdependent. Their purpose is to facilitate communication. Teachers plan programs that integrate language learning within a ‘language rich environment’.