Learning at Paeroa College
Paeroa College offers a vibrant, exciting and student centred learning environment. We are proud of our school and work hard to provide the very best for our learners.
We provide a wireless network for our learners to join. We welcome students bringing their own devices and also supply mobile and fixed desktops at a ratio of around 1:3.
Learning In The Junior School
Learning in the Junior School at Paeroa College is exciting and aims to meet the needs of our students by providing relevant and purposeful learning experiences. Our students learn in a purpose built modern learning environment that allows for flexibillity and a personalised curriculum. The change to our environment in 2016 has been a key factor in changing how we are teaching and how we are learning and we are excited at the opportunities our teaching teams can provide for our students.
Our Senior School curriculum offers students the opportunity to develop their skills in areas that they are interested. We wish to provide the platform for every student to ultimately leave the school in a meaningful direction and our academic conversations are always around the ‘What next’ to ensure this. We offer a wide range of subjects from both the traditional academic areas to the more modern vocational pathways. If we don’t offer what a student wishes to study we will find a way to provide access!
Current subjects on offer include: Accounting, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Geography, Economics, Science, Mathematics, Calculus, Statistics, Physical Education, Health Studies, Cultural Studies, Music, Art, Gateway, Hospitality, Food Technology, Hard Materials, Tools for Work, Electronics, Digital Information Technology, Design and Visual Communication, Trades Academy courses, Early Childhood Education, Tourism, English, Employment Skills, Retail Courses, Agriculture, Legal Studies, Maori, Media Studies and Dance.
Students are offered a range of cultural activities including: Chess competitions, Music Tuition, Singing Lessons, Dance Lessons, Kapa Haka, Mandarin Lesson as well as our annual Ski Trip and exchange trip to China.
Paeroa College VisionWhere we want to get to in the future Our vision is to develop open-minded, successful, life-long learners who recognise and contribute positively to their community and the world beyond. Our learners will have the opportunity to experience excellence in everything they do.
Excerpt from Charter
Mission – how we are going to do this
We will focus on developing our Curriculum (what we learn), our Community of Learning (who learns and who supports our learning) and our Environment and Practice (how and where learning happens) to ensure that we are flexible, responsive, relevant and inspirational for our learners.
Values - the views that influence our actions
Whaia tōu mana motuhake ki tōna taumata! Pursue your uniqueness to excellence
We will meet the learning needs of our diverse groups of students. We will embrace the bicultural heritage of New Zealand and will develop a college that encourages all learners to experience success as culturally centred individuals. As a College we acknowledge the values of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Our learners will develop connections: right across our community. We will build bridges for our learners to cross enabling them to expand and grow in their learning. Every learner needs to connect with a pathway on which they will walk when they leave our school.
These pathways will offer each and every learner the opportunity to become confident and caring, eager to engage the world and to be responsible citizens.
Our learners will be courageous: prepared to take risks, embrace adversity, be resilient and try new things.
Our learners will be reflective: self-aware of their learning, their impact on the community and their ability to relate to others.
A Learner graduating from Year 10 into the Senior School will value learning by:
Being literate and numerate: have the skills, maturity and dispositions to access and embrace senior learning
Being assessment savvy – have an understanding of how to succeed in the complex world of qualifications
Having experience of a wide variety of learning contexts and curriculum and be able to make links between them
Having experienced success and learnt from failure
A Learner graduating from Paeroa College to the wider world will:
Have developed a sense of identity, purpose and independence
Have achieved a minimum of Level 2 NCEA that allows them to leave Paeroa College in a meaningful direction
Have the desire to continue to learn and potentially gain further qualifications
Have a connection to Paeroa College and Paeroa itself, whilst also seeing the bigger picture beyond