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Mission Statement
“Pathways to Excellence”



Our Vision
An individual’s growth and development will be at the centre of all that we do.

Programmes will:
~ provide a challenging environment where purposeful learning and
  self-management skills are valued;
~ develop active learners who make a positive difference to self and others;
~ foster a climate of trust and growth where individuality is valued and encouraged;
~ provide a culture where people take responsibility for the choices they make;
~ utilise the strengths of individuals to create effective teams;
~ provide a diverse range of opportunities to develop potential;
~ encourage people to consistently strive for excellence in everything they do.



Our Core Values & Beliefs
At Glenbervie School we value building Relationships through:
Innovation      Fun      Diversity      Integrity      Courage      Leadership


Learners for Life embrace the philosophy that positive Relationships are the cornerstone to a successful life. They understand the value of communication; the necessity to be thinkers; the need to self-manage; and the importance of being confident citizens who strive for Excellence.

A confident Y6 Glenbervie student, leaving our school will be a competent thinker and problem solver who challenges assumptions and actively seeks, uses and creates knowledge.

They will:
~ be open, effective communicators who recognise that they can communicate through a range of media in a variety of methods;
~ be motivated to learn and will understand the importance of both resilience and perseverance;
~ have the ability to listen actively, recognise different points of view, negotiate and share ideas;
~ recognise their own strengths and weaknesses and reflect and act on these;
~ have a sense of community, be confident decision makers and be committed to the quality and sustainability of a range of environments;
~ value the importance of positive relationships in all they do;
~ be people of Courage and Integrity, and Leaders of the Future.



Statements of Strategic Intent

Promoting Learning
Our children will:
~ be dynamic in their thinking.
~ be adept in using a variety of technologies to access, process and communicate their learning outcomes.
~ be involved in opportunities outside the classroom through participation in authentic situations.
~ develop life skills to enable life-long learning, with emphasis on application, transference and adaptability.

Support for the Quality of Learning and Teaching
~ Classrooms will reflect a high level of involvement, access and skill in the use of Higher Order Thinking Skills (deep learning).
~ There will be a focus on involvement and development of learning opportunities for the whole school community.
~ There will be a culture of celebration, success and sharing.
~ Effective teaching practices will reflect – Alignment; Engagement; Success.
~ Programmes will reflect innovation and a partnership with the community.

Management Arrangements
(Physical and Financial; School Structures & Organisation)
~ Resources will be provided to ensure the school’s vision and goals are developed.
~ The school’s Property Programme will pro-actively address the roll growth/patterns and development of the school.
~ Ensure a Self Review programme is in place that enables quality decisions to be made.
~ Regularly consider the direction of the school in line with the Strategic Plan.



School Culture
We believe that the culture of a community is a major factor in shaping individual attitudes and behaviours.

Through the School's CHOICES programme we will see:
~ Our whole school pursuing common goals
~ Our school actively seeking community involvement
~ Planned whole school events
~ Programmes which promote caring relationships - school-wide, within the community and within the wider environment
~ Pupils displaying pride in belonging to our school
~ Opportunities for celebration
~ Approaches that enhance esteem
~ Whole school philosophy and approaches
 This will be evidenced by/through:
~ Commitment to the school CHOICES programme
~ Parent involvement
~ Parent, teacher, pupil discussions
~ Art exhibitions, productions, sports events
~ Sponsorship
~ Reward assemblies
~ Codes of Behaviour & Expectation
~ Assemblies where there are Awards & acknowledgements
~ Promotion of Te Roopu Kapa Haka Glenbervie
~ The wearing of the school’s uniform to specific events



Dynamic Approaches to Learning
We believe all people have the ability to learn and that there are many ways of learning and knowing.

We encourage and value:
~ Programmes which cater to all learning styles and intelligence traits
~ Programmes which incorporate accelerated learning techniques
~ Learning that develops higher levels of thinking
~ Programmes which empower thinking and questioning
~ Programmes addressing the whole person, recognising individuality
~ Programmes which nurture intrinsic motivation to learn
~ Children's natural sense of inquiry and curiosity extended
~ Pupils responding to challenges with purpose
~ Pupils actively involved in their own learning
~ Programmes that reflect e-learning and current trends

Evidenced by/through:
~ Use of Purposeful Learning models
~ Use of thinking tools & strategies
~ Modelling of different strategies by staff, pupils & others
~ Classrooms based on differentiated learning principles
~ Self regulated learning principles
~ A variety of assessment methods
~ Variety of presentation models
~ A variety of work settings used
~ Group structures & co-operative learning
~ Multiple resources
~ Articulation of goals



Professional Beliefs
We believe that education is a reflective practice.

We encourage:
~ A school community of life-long learners
~ High levels of commitment to staff development
~ Teachers with a sound knowledge of current NZ Curriculum and best practice teaching
~ Staff developing a broad knowledge of current research theory & methodology
~ An environment which encourages sharing of ideas and skills
~ Programmes which utilise theoretical knowledge gained to benefit student achievement
~ Dynamic and innovative programmes
~ Staff continually reflecting on personal & professional philosophies
~ Opportunities for risk-taking, exploration and experimentation.

Evidenced by/through:
~ Relevant professional development programmes
~ Classroom environments reflect awareness of effective 'conditions of learning'
~ Professional reading and reflection by staff
~ Effective performance management system
~ Shared understanding and approaches to solving problems
~ Development of a Leadership model for staff
~ Students taking responsibility and leadership across the school.



Change and Innovation
We believe that change and adapting to innovations is critical to future development, well-being and success.

We see:
~ Students and staff utilising appropriate technologies effectively
~ Staff, and children increasingly think from an I.T base
~ Classrooms inclusive of world wide information sources
~ Regular staff professional development and sharing
~ A mind set of risk taking and learning from our mistakes
~ Programmes requiring new skills and options
~ Regular ongoing review

Evidenced by/through:
~ A commitment to relevant, school-wide P.D
~ Increased use of up-to-date technologies
~ Trialling and evaluating different approaches and practices
~ Alternative forms of communication and presentation skills
~ Attitudes of forward thinking reflected in all we do
~ Professional learning with new and developing technologies