Finding our WHY?
In mid 2017 we started on a journey at Waitara East School to find our WHY. This was based on an idea by Simon Sinek and follows a simple model that operates on three levels: what we do, how we do it, and why we do it. We found that most of our community could tell us what we did as a school and how we did it, but very few could deeply articulate why we did what we did. So we started to work on developing our own WHY using Sinek’s Golden Circle Model.
The Waitara East WHY
The Tamariki of Waitara East School! This is our WHY!
Through collaboration with staff, students, whānau and the community, we developed a student profile that everyone felt best described what we wanted our tamariki to be when they left our Kura. Our Student Profile is made up of 3 areas: Tū, Ora and Ako. Each area has attributes that we want our students to grow their understanding of during their time at Waitara East School. All of these things are underpinned by our Kura’s values Manaakitanga, Angitu, Ngākaunui and Aroha (MANA).
Our Belief Statement
After we had consulted with our community and established the Student Profile, we reviewed our Mission and Vision Statement, and again through collaboration and consultation our belief statement of Kei te Tū, Kei te Ora, Kei te Ako was developed. We felt this helps us express our WHY in a way that when read, you knew it related directly to Waitara East School. These headings are explained below:
Tū: Our tamariki will stand confidently in their environment (wherever and whenever that might be)
Ora: Our tamariki will understand the importance of emotional, mental and physical health to ensure they are healthy.
Ako: Our tamariki will have knowledge and skills that ensure they are ready to face the challenges of the 21st century.
Kei te Tū, Kei te Ora, Kei te Ako.
Our Guiding Principles
The Waitara East School curriculum is conceptual in nature, inquiry based, future focused and promotes self-efficacy that results in student initiated action. It is learner centred, draws on and adds to parent, whānau, and community knowledge while developing and exploring student identity, health, language and culture. Waitara East School believes and implements the Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) philosophy.
Leaders, teachers and learners transform information into actionable practices by collecting, analysing, interpreting and communicating all types of data (qualitative and quantitative) to help determine next steps in the learning process. We combine our understanding of data with curricular knowledge and pedagogy to inform how we can support children to learn best.
Internal and external communication at Waitara East School is clear, inclusive, accurate and timely.
Leadership and Collaboration
Teachers and leaders at Waitara East School collaboratively involve themselves in planning, coordinating and evaluating the curriculum and teaching. Leaders, teachers, support staff and students together attend to the relationships, structures and processes that promote equality. We are committed to working collaboratively and engaging in professional conversations to continue the development of our own professional capability.
Whānau and Community Connections
We regularly, effectively and proactively identify, and draw on community resources and expertise to increase learning opportunities to enhance student achievement and well being. Parents and whānau are the primary, ongoing influence of the development, learning, well being and self-efficacy of their children. Te Atiawatanga beliefs, values and practices are strongly reflected and connected to the inherent identity, language and culture of our learners and whānau.
Ngā Ingoa o Ngā Kopa
Te Kāhui O Ngā Mātā Raukura (dual medium/bilingual unit yrs 0-6)
Te Mātā Mokopuna - Juniors - Whaene Erina
Te Mātā Tipuranga - Middle - Whaene Linda
Te Mātā Puawaitanga - Seniors - Matua Luke
Te Kāhui O Ngā Manu Hīhiri (Year 4, 5 and 6)
Tōroa -Whaea AJ and Whaea Erin
Tui - Whaea Lestine
Kōtare - Whaea Vicki
Te Kāhui O Ngā Tipu Atawhai (Years 2, 3 and 4)
Pohutukawa - Whaea Danielle
Kowhai - Whaea Mel
He Pōkai Tīeke (Years 0 - 2)
Te Whatu Rau o ngā Pīwakawaka - Whaea Denise
Te Puna o ngā Korimako - Whaea Hayley and Whaea Kate
Toutouwai - Whaea Kim