Innovative learning spaces
The design of our teaching spaces allows us to use them in a flexible way to cater for all styles of learning, promoting collaboration and allowing space for independent study. We also make good use of our decks as extra outdoor learning spaces.
We are extremely proud of our large outdoor space, it is a great place to play sports and explore. At the front of our school we have a soccer and cricket pitch, an adventure playground and a scooter track. We also have a rugby field, a pump and bike skills track and two netball/ basketball courts. We are currently developing our native areas, orchards, gardens and outdoor learning areas.
Our indoor pool is heated by a heat pump and this allows us to offer daily swimming lessons in Terms 1 and 4 each year.
This year our two large halls are being renovated. Our sports hall will be a space for indoor sports such as basketball and gymnastics. The performing arts centre is used for assemblies, learning celebrations, school productions and weekly kapa haka. We also actively promote both spaces as a hub for our local community.
The area where our school is located has a significant and rich history, it was highly prized by early Māori settlers for its plentiful resources, defensive sites and historical associations. Established as the Town School in 1873, our school has undergone many changes over the years, the latest being the addition of our new classrooms in 2015.
There are many opportunities for our students to learn and practise leadership throughout their time at our school, including being on our student council. In addition, our Year 6 leaders take on special responsibilities for cultural, sporting, environmental and house leadership.
Tuakana teina is an important part of our school culture, our older students regularly buddy up with our younger ones for reading and other activities. We highly value our Māori cultural heritage, it is integral to our weekly routine including whole school kapa haka and student-led powhiri to welcome new families and guests to our school.
Education Outside The Classroom
We love getting out into our environment and learning from local experts – Kaikōura is our classroom and we seize every opportunity to use the rich learning experiences in our local environment to engage our students in their learning. Each year all our students have the opportunity to experience being part of a school camp. For the last few years we have also been part of the University of Canterbury’s study of the new reef created by the 2016 Earthquake.