Our School's VisionCapable, Caring, Confident Children Contributing to our Community
In fulfilling our school's vision, St Clair School recognises the following:
Capability: Personal capability is centred on the ability to ‘do things’ with competence. In promoting student capability, the school will:
· provide quality, differentiated learning which emphasises the acquisition, and use of, literacy and numeracy skills in rich learning experiences that encourage student engagement and agency
· provide a rich and varied learning context which values academic, cultural, social and physical learning where both intellectual and emotional development is valued.
Caring: Caring involves the display of kindness and concern for the needs of others. In promoting a culture of care, the school will:
· actively promote a clear set of school values; Kindness, Caring and Manners (KCM)
· model, through staff interactions, a positive model of interaction with students, parents and whanau
· utilise positive approaches to student discipline that avoid the use of power, in favour of relationship and accountability
· encourage and facilitate active caring for the school and wider environs.
Confidence: Confidence grows out of competence in one or more areas of life. In promoting student confidence, the school will:
· provide a rich set of opportunities (academic, physical, cultural, social) for children to develop personal competence and capability
· support all students as they speak and perform in public settings
· support social development through a classroom culture of care and inclusion as well as explicit social skills development programmes and counselling options
· affirm personal identity through educational success (including success for M?ori students, and other priority learners, through affirmation of identity, language and culture).
Contributing: Giving of ourselves to others affirms the giver and benefits the recipient. In encouraging students to contribute to those around them, the school will:
· actively promote the positive values associated with KCM
· utilise cross-level buddy groupings and class-based buddy programmes
· make extensive use of student ‘monitor’ roles to meet class and school-wide needs
· look for opportunities to extend student inquiry based learning (IBL) into resolving community-related problems or issues (environment issues etc.)
· encourage student-body involvement in wider social and environmental issues through Student Council initiated projects.