After school care– We offer on-site after-school care. Bookings can be made through the school office. This runs from 3-5: 30 pm.
Early morning drop off – Students can be dropped off at school from 8 am.
Wednesday Wekas – This is our transition to school program running from 1:30pm Wednesdays. This session focuses on relationship building and play based learning.
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.
Friday rotations – Each Friday all students participate in sessions of music, drama and te reo/tikanga Maori.
Play Is The Way – PLAY IS THE WAY® is a practical way of teaching social and emotional skills, using guided play, classroom activities and an empowering language. Play is the way website.
Bucket Fillers – All students nominate people who they have observed being bucket fillers. Bucket fillers explained.
S.T.E.A.M – We use this integrated approach to engage our students in authentic, relevant learning, with a focus on the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.
Chess club – This runs every Friday lunchtime.
Extension program – Students are selected by their teachers to join a program during Friday rotation time that will extend their learning in a variety of curriculum areas.
Chess club – This runs every Friday lunchtime.
Lunches – Tuesday- Sushi from Sushi Johnny. Friday- made at school (popular choice lunches). These can both be ordered in the office. Sushi by the end of Monday and Friday lunch by end of Thursday.
Cooking – Each Wednesday a group of students get the opportunity to work in a small group to develop food technology skills.
Pakiki – We are part of the gifted education program for Dunedin schools.
Milk for schools – We are part of Fonterra’s milk for schools program. We are a milk and water only school.
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.
O.W.L’s (opportunities for wider learning) -These are driven by students interests. Projects have a focus on personal growth, make a difference and young enterprise.
Enviro Schools – We are a Green-gold Enviro School. The whole school participates in a range of environmental activities every alternate Friday. Each day students complete specific enviro jobs after lunch. 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.
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.
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.