Our Learning

"The New Zealand Curriculum is a statement of official policy relating to teaching and learning in English-medium New Zealand schools. Its function is to set the direction for student learning and to provide guidance for schools as they design and review their curriculum." (NZC)

At Ngakuru School we aim to implement the NZC in an integrated programme keeping the individual needs of our students at the forefront. Our teachers know our students really well and small class sizes mean that there is really no way that will not achieve in all areas.

"Recent professional learning and development for teachers has focused on accelerating children’s learning. School strategic documents clearly identify children at-risk of not achieving and prioritise learning support. Data over the past three years shows most children including Māori have consistently achieved well in reading, writing and mathematics." Ngakuru School ERO Report 2017

To foster an Exciting, Motivating and Positive Learning Environment for all students to excel in is our mission!

Our Vision is to develop:

Confident learners who…

· pursue their own lifelong learning journey

· are resilient and resourceful

· foster a growth mindset

· use their special gifts and abilities

· enjoy coming to school

Actively involved learners who value…

· getting involved to make a difference

· diversity and cultural competencies

· the natural beauty of our school and the sustainability of it

Connected learners who…

· use inquiry and thinking skills to deepen learning

· are effective users of communication tools

· create and communicate using Future Focused Skills

· think locally but act globally

Ngakuru Student Inquiry planning

Guided Reading Programme

Focused,small group learning

The future focus themes of Citizenship, Sustainability, Globalisation and Enterprise provide the context for our learning.

The school Values below are modeled daily.

▪ Respect / Whakaute - Be respectful to yourself, others and property.

▪ Responsibility / Kawenga - Be trustworthy and accountable for your own words and actions.

▪ Leadership / Hautūtanga - Be a positive role model at all times.

▪ Excellence / Hiranga - Be the best you can be and persevere to achieve your goals.

NZ Curriculum Key Competencies

The Key Competencies are key to learning in every area. These are built into our learning programmes and are assessed at the end of each term.

The New Zealand Curriculum identifies five key competencies:

Click on any one of these above for an explanation of what they are.


Official Languages

English, Te reo Māori and NZ Sign Language have a special mention in the NZC. All children learn a basic Te reo Māori and Tikanga programme and staff will soon undergo PD in Ka Hikitia and Tātaiako. Our National Anthem is sung at every assembly and we use the Sign Language version.

Additional Language

We are lucky enough to have a Chinese language assistant at our school. We learn Mandarin culture and conversation.