Academic & Personal Excellence
Learning is founded in the New Zealand Curriculum and aims to create learning experiences that are relevant to each ākonga (student). Learning is designed to empower ākonga (students) to be connected,
collaborative and community minded. This is achieved through collaboration, whanaungatanga, personalised authentic learning experiences, creativity and innovation.
Our curriculum model is made up of three connected elements: Advisory, Learning Modules and Impact Projects. This model offers each ākonga (student) engaging learning opportunities to achieve academic and personal success. It provides a range of opportunities for authentic demonstration of learning, development of deep thinking and inquiry skills and tools for learning success.
Our kaupapa (purpose) in our Advisory Curriculum is to foster the holistic development of ākonga (students), to empower them to be
connected, collaborative, community-minded citizens inspired to soar.
Relationships and whanaungatanga are at the centre of everything we do. Traditional ‘form teacher’ systems face numerous challenges ranging from the large size of groups, to a primary focus on administration and discipline.
At RSHS we embrace the building of relationships and mentoring to further learning.
“Effective partnerships between school, parents and whānau ensure strong support for all students. The structure of the pastoral care system - iwi, kaiārahi and kaihautū, provides a multifaceted approach to supporting students. There are extensive opportunities for parents and whānau to engage with the school on the learning and progress of their child.” - ERO Report 2017
Learning is delivered through integrated specialised subject Modules that provide coverage of the New Zealand Curriculum learning areas. These are delivered collaboratively by specialist kaiako (teachers) at the ppropriate curriculum level. Ākonga (students) select a range of modules that provide the depth and breadth of curriculum and wider topic coverage.
Learning Modules integrate two curriculum areas around a linked key concept or skill so that learning is enriched through connected disciplines with transferable skills. Ākonga (students) choose modules in negotiation with their Kaiārahi (Advisor) to ensure core skills and curriculum coverage. Ākonga (students) will use inquiry and design thinking processes to ensure high level thinking and complex problem-solving skills.
“Students have a high level of learner agency. Teachers actively seek student feedback, and use achievement information to inform planning and course design to better meet the needs and strengths of students.” - ERO Report 2017
Project based learning involves real world, authentic, integrated learning. The learning in projects starts with the hooks and passions of students to drive the learning process.
Students are supported by staff and are guided through the learning process.
Students will use skills such as, problem solving, critical thinking, financial literacy, communication skills and interpersonal skills. All of these are skills required by future employers. In developing these skills, learning will be transferable and be meaningful. Projects will make a difference to others and society.