Academic Cultural Sports

Accelerator groups – Groups taken either by a teacher or teacher aide designed specifically to support and accelerate a child’s learning. These groups are in the areas of literacy and numeracy and are open to whoever needs them. Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB), Resource Teachers of Literacy (RTLit), or other support agencies are utilised when necessary.

Talk to learn – This focusses on language development and social skills.

ICAS – International competitions and assessments for schools. These test the students in a variety of curriculum areas: computer skills, science, spelling, writing, english and mathematics. Parents may ask for their children to be involved or teachers may approach parents about a student. Entry fees are covered by parents.

Connections program – This program has been developed to cater for children’s specific interests and involves small groups working with experts in a variety of fields either at school or in the experts work environment.

Enviro Schools – The whole school participates in a range of environmental activities every alternate Friday. Education for sustainability plays an important role in all that we do.

Music lessons – The following instruments are offered for tuition during school hours (at parents expense). Ukulele, guitar, drums and violin. In addition to this each class receives half an hour of expert music teaching per week.

Polyfest – The whole school participates in this festival celebrating Pacifica cultures (biannually).

Ukulele jam – A small group of keen students are selected to attend and participate in the annual ukulele jam.

End of year show – At the end of each year we showcase the talents of our students. Each class performs an item as well as individuals and groups share their talents.

Drama – Tuition is offered through Marzzipan drama on Friday lunchtimes (at parents expense). In addition to this each class receives a block of specialised drama teaching.,

Dance – A specialist dance teacher works with each class. In addition to this a group of students is selected to participate in further teaching aiming to perform at the end of year show.

Youth art awards – Each year a group of enthusiastic visual art students work with a specialist art teacher (or local artist) to create a piece to enter in the youth art awards.

Wearable arts – This exciting event is held each year and is open to all students to create a stunning, imaginative piece of art they can wear.

Team sport – We offer teams for the following sports (depending on numbers and parent support), hockey, netball, t-ball, futsal and touch.

Physical Activity Leaders (PALs) – This is a group of senior children who run physical activities for the other students during lunchtimes. These children also lead jump jam and school sports games.

Daily fitness – As a school we participate in either skipping, jump jam, running or fitness stations.

West Harbour Sports Day – This event is held annually with the other schools on the west harbour. All students participate and compete in a variety of sporting events.

Running –  As a whole school we participate in a 4km fun run along the harbourside track annually. We also offer senior students the opportunity to participate in the North Zone cross country and the Otago champs. All students are invited to participate in the Childrens’ marathon run by the Caversham harriers.