Head ◊ Heart ◊ Hands
From the Kindergarten through to the end of the Lower School (Primary)
years, the education gently moves from concrete experiences to the
abstract. The vivid world of wonder and physical discover is translated
into numeracy and literacy skills.
‘Reading’ begins later than other schools and, rather than
disadvantaging the child, gives them an imaginative colourful world
from which later rich writing and reading emerges.
PAT (progress and achievement testing) and the NCEA results demonstrate
the advantages to a slower beginning. Thinking is enhanced by rhythm,
by imagination, by problem solving and by hands on work, like handwork
and numerous technologies.
Emotional (Heart/Soul) Life
Our students learn history through the ancient art of story telling;
through the aspirations, tragedies, life and death of people who did
courageous things that changed the world.
They express their work through colourful painting and drawing and
stories filled with rich vocabulary. They relive the events through
poetry and drama, play music and move to the flowing rhythm created
through the topic.
Within the children’s soul is woven an inner tapestry of colour and
emotion that expresses itself later as soul filled, moral and