East Gore School incorporates the following values across all aspects of the students learning and development:
- Responsibility (Hoepapa) – yourself, others & property
- Respect (Whakaaute) – yourself, others & environment
- Honesty (Pono) – of with yourself & your work
Play Is the Way
This programme supports students to develop strategies when facing a range of situations in their school life, empowering them into the next stage of education.
The key components of this programme are:
- Be brave – participate in progress.
- Have reasons for the things you say and do.
- Treat others as you would like them to treat you.
- It takes great strength to be sensible.
- Pursue your personal best no matter who you work with.
The principles underpin all decision making at East Gore School: High Expectations, Treaty of Waitangi, Cultural Diversity, Inclusion, Learning to Learn, Community Engagement, Coherence and Future Focus
New Zealand’s Cultural Diversity
The school curriculum will encourage students to understand and respect the different cultures that make up New Zealand. We will ensure that experiences, cultural traditions and languages of all New Zealanders are recognised and valued. This will be done through a number of planned lessons and activities.
The achievement of all students will be monitored closely and trends within identified cultural groups will be analysed and changes made to teaching and learning programmes to reflect identified needs.
Cultural diversity brings strength to the school and the desire to learn and succeed has been identified in our new students. Regular Māori Consultation will take place with whānau. If a request is received from parents regarding tuition in Te Reo for their children, careful consultation will take place and an agreed programme will be put in place using available resources.
The unique position of the Māori Culture
When developing policies and practices for East Gore Primary School, every endeavour will be made to reflect New Zealand’s cultural diversity including the unique position of Māori culture.
The Board of Trustees
The BOT will take all reasonable steps to provide some instruction in Tikanga Māori (Māori Culture) and Te Reo (Māori Language) for students by integrating Te Reo into classroom programmes and naming classrooms after native trees. The BOT and staff will continue to build relationships with the Hokonui Runanga by inviting them to whānau consultation meetings.
Curriculum reports will contain specific reference to the achievements of Māori students.
Pasifika / Asian
The school will ensure any student identifying with Pasifika or Asian origins be engaged in their learning and achieve educational success, with pride in their unique identity, language and culture. We will provide language support for students and their families, and create programmes of work that reflect the individual needs of each student so they can achieve success. Communication with and accessibility to providers of ESOL support resources will also be sought.
Learners with special education needs are supported when they come to East Gore School. They will be encouraged to engage in all school activities with support. All students will achieve against all learning areas of the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aoteroa. To achieve this, all students will have an Individual Education Plan, written in consultation with parents and Special Education Services and achievement and goals will be regularly assessed and reflected on. Special Needs students are valued in our school, where they can learn from and teach other students.