What we value: insights into learning at HPPS
When you walk through the doors into Hobsonville Point Primary school in Auckland's north-west, you enter a stimulating, inclusive learning environment.
You'll hear the buzz of active learners who are empowered so they can contribute confidentially and responsibly in our changing world. It is a safe space where we welcome diversity, encourage creativity and build strong and capable children.
Every child is unique, we all learn differently and possess different strengths, challenges and potential so it's important to provide a flexible approach to schooling. Our vision is to create opportunities for children to become confident and connected lifelong learners which they can only do through a curriculum that values learning about yourself as a learner and growing skill sets that are relevant now and in the future in this rapidly changing world.
We see, unlock and expand the potential in our children regardless of what that happens to be, beyond the traditional one-size-fits-all confines of an industrial style approach to education. We are interested in children's unique ways of seeing the world and most importantly what they can do with the new thinking, skills and the abilities they are developing. Through adapting learning in a personalised manner, children see the relevance to them and are able to apply their learning to the real world. We believe in a balanced curriculum, one that honours our vision and lives out the intent of the New Zealand curriculum thus providing a holistic approach to education caring for the social, emotional and broad academic development of each child.
Through building children's confidence by engaging in learning that is both appropriately challenging it sparks them into new areas of learning. Children are naturally inquisitive so we provide lots of different ways to develop their curiosities and get them excited about different learning opportunities through utilising our innovative learning spaces. With developing responsibility students have the opportunity to negotiate what their learning looks like which leads to higher engagement and better educative outcomes.
We welcome parents and whanau into our school to play an active role in the support and development of their education as we know that parents are their children's most important teachers. Collaboration is a key part of what and how we learn at HPP, so children and teachers alike can learn from each other. We provide lots of opportunities for children to learn and share their learning with and from each other. Our school is a derivatised environment where children learn what is appropriate for their stage rather than just age.
Our learning design model is underpinned through the principles of engaging the minds, heads and hearts of our learners so that they are involved in purposeful learning. We are a team of committed teachers who embrace future-focussed teaching and learning that allows students to have a say in what and how they learn so they can develop the skills in being life-long learners. We scaffold learning so that children dig deeper into learning rather than a shallow coverage of the curriculum. We are guided by modern research and our innovative learning environment provides us with the physical space in which we can differentiate our approaches to meet individual needs.
We believe in empowering our learners to be prepared for the future through exercising agency and equipping them with the important competencies they need to navigate life. Literacy and numeracy are still important but it doesn't drive everything we do at school. Most importantly children learn to understand themselves as learners, setting them up for life-long learning, through developing broad capabilities supporting to set them up for success for secondary and beyond.