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 Junior School curriculum is focussed on providing our students with the dispositions and skills that they will need to be able to be successful in the Senior School. This includes mastering areas of the curriculum that they require whilst providing opportunities to see links between subjects and areas of learning. We provide a responsive and dynamic environment for our students to work. Junior students are formally assessed through the AMPS [link to AMPS 2017 handout] programme where they, along with their teachers and whanau, can monitor their successes and achievement throughout their years in the Junior School. Alongside this sits the Junior Learner Journal which has been designed to help students, teachers and whānau monitor both academic and holistic progress. We really value the home school partnership process and working with whānau for the betterment of our students.
Both Year 9 and Year 10 teaching teams implement their programmes slightly differently. These are based around the needs of the students and the way each group has chosen to cover the curriculum. By the end of Year 10, students will have covered at least Level 4 and 5 of the New Zealand Curriculum. The majority of this learning will be covered through integrated learning. This means we do not separate for Science, English, Maths and Social Studies but find ways to cover all of these subjects through overarching themes.
During the week, in both Year 9 and 10, students have the opportunity to improve their Literacy and Numeracy, during allocated sessions, taught at the appropriate level. Students also have time allocated to passion based learning opportunities where they are able to explore something that interests them. We are working on students being responsible learners who take risks, are prepared to fail, can work in groups, work independently and can take charge of their own learning.
Learning in the Senior School
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 Vision
Paeroa College: Excelling as a courageous, innovative can-do community.
Excerpt from Charter:
Our vision – where we want to get to in the future
Paeroa College: Excelling as a courageous, innovative, can do community
Our strategic intentions 2018-2020 – how we will go about realising our vision
Our Learners will have thecourage, experience, passion and skill to engage in pathways that they can excel in.
We will serve, build and maintain positive reciprocal relationships with our community.
Our Teachers will collaborate and innovatearound a curriculum that focusses on the learners and what they need to succeed.
Values - the views that influence our actions
Whaia tōu mana motuhake ki tōna taumata! Pursue your uniqueness to excellence!
Mahi tahi kia kaha! Work together to become stronger!
We are a community! Through our collaboration and hard work we will improve our community, the wider community and individual outcomes within that.
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 are committed to the values and principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
We will support all students, staff, family, and whānau to feel a part of our College and community. We will develop our ability to be courageous, positive, innovative and we will always aim for excellence.
Our Individual Profiles
A Learner graduating from Paeroa College will:
- Be literate and numerate
- Know his/her passion
- Make considered decisions
- Have had a broad experience – and demonstrate willingness to try new things (courageous)
- Demonstrate resilience: be able to understand and respond to failure
- Have the tools they need to function independently to be healthy happy adults
- Be able to access the pathway they want to
A staff member at Paeroa College supports learning by:
- Visibly reflective, learning and adaptive
- Will be able to make learning relevant
- Builds strong culturally appropriate relationships with students and adults
- Organised, professional and prepared
- Committed to the principals of the treaty of Waitangi
- Committted to delivering the vision of the school