Te Waka Unua School

Te Waka Unua School Values

Respect                Excellence            Integrity

Following consultation when Woolston and Phillipstown Schools merged, the following values were chosen to  underpin day-to-day curriculum implementation in Te Waka Unua School. It was decided that focusing on these three core values incorporated a range of other values that were identified as being important by our school community.

Students will be encouraged to value:

Excellence: Always do your best * Be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing * have a 'ready to learn' attitude * work towards your learning goals

Show excellence by aiming high and by persevering in the face of difficulties - for example, achievement; excellence; doing your personal best; perseverance; resilience; striving; competition.

Integrity: Be honest and kind * Always try your best * Own your mistakes and work to make them right * Stand up for your beliefs appropriately * Follow through with responsibilities * Care for equipment, belongings and the environment

Integrity involves being honest, responsible, and accountable and acting ethically - for example, responsibility; accountability; reliability; commitment; honesty; truthfulness; trustworthiness; being ethical; doing right; moral courage

Respect:  Be inclusive and understanding of others * Use positive, polite and kind words * Treat our environment, equipment, property and people with care

Respect themselves, others, and human rights - for example,  human dignity; personhood; individual rights; freedom; personal autonomy; human rights; compassion; aroha; consideration; concern; empathy; self-esteem; self-respect; self-belief, self-discipline; respect for property; mana; safety; physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional well-being; hauora.

These values should  be expressed in everyday actions and interactions within the school.

Te Waka Unua Core Skills

These are the skills we believe will support our community on its learning journey. The creation of these core skills is unique to Te Waka Unua, having been developed following whānau, community, staff and student consultation.

These Core Skills intertwine with our vision, values and learning areas to form our school curriculum.  

Our curriculum includes important aspects of: Learning how to learn - Knowledge building - Skills development & Character-growth.

We regularly add Core Skills posts through our School Management System, Hero, to communicate with whānau. These posts are intended to capture students displaying or demonstrating the Core Skills during their learning programme. 

We believe that our students, teachers and everybody will continue to develop and grow these skills throughout their lives.