ST JOSEPH'S SCHOOL

FEILDING

curriculum

VISION - Our students will be confident, connected, actively involved lifelong learners.

NZ has a national curriculum that guides what your child learns at school. Your child will develop a range of values and key competencies, or capabilities, that they need to succeed in life. These are all woven into the teaching of learning areas, or subjects.

The National Curriculum is the term used to refer to The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. These set the direction for student learning and guide schools and kura as they design and implement a curriculum that meets the needs of their students.

There is a big focus on reading, writing and maths in the primary years, as these are really important foundation skills that everyone needs in order to be able to do well in life. Children need strong reading, writing and maths skills to progress through the levels of the National Curriculum and be able to achieve NCEA Level 2 or above at secondary school.

Vision

The vision is for young people to be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.

Values

Students are encouraged to value:

  • excellence, by aiming high and by persevering in the face of difficulties
  • innovation, inquiry, and curiosity, by thinking critically, creatively, and reflectively
  • diversity, as found in our different cultures, languages, and heritages
  • equity, through fairness and social justice
  • community and participation for the common good
  • ecological sustainability, which includes care for the environment
  • integrity, which involves being honest, responsible, and accountable and acting ethically, and
  • to respect themselves, others and human rights

Learning Areas

There are 8 learning areas (or subject areas) in The New Zealand Curriculum:

  • english
  • the arts
  • health and physical education
  • learning languages
  • mathematics and statistics
  • science
  • social sciences
  • technology

The values and competencies in the New Zealand Curriculum are woven into these learning areas. They are designed to encourage enjoyment of learning and the ability to think critically, manage oneself, set goals, overcome obstacles and get along with others – the attributes students need to succeed as adults.

Key Competencies

Competencies are abilities and capabilities that people use to live, learn, work and contribute as active members of their communities.

The New Zealand Curriculum identifies 5 key competencies that it has a focus on children developing throughout their time at school:

  • Thinking - is about using thinking processes to make sense of information, experiences and ideas
  • Using language, symbols, and texts - working with, being able to understand, and making sense of the codes (languages and symbols) in which knowledge is expressed
  • Managing self - having self-motivation, a "can-do" attitude, and seeing oneself as a capable learner
  • Relating to others - is about interacting effectively with a range of different people in a range of different situations, including things like being able to listen well, recognise different points of view, and share ideas
  • Participating and contributing - being involved in communities, such as family, whānau, school, and be able to contribute and make connections with other people.

MISSION STATEMENT : St. Joseph’s School provides a Catholic environment where students receive an education that reflects their dignity and individuality and encourages them to reach their full potential spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically within the School Community.

St Joseph's School, Feilding. 2019