Our Achievement Challenge model is a whāriki - a woven mat. Weavers use whenu - the vertical threads and aho - the horizontal threads to create the whāriki. The whāriki of our Achievement Challenge has three whenu and five aho.
The three whenu are the areas our collaborative research and discussion have identified as the most important for our students and teachers; well-being, effective teaching and learning, and innovation. While each of the whenu is an important area and could easily stand alone, we see that the strength of the model is in the interdependency of each strand of the whāriki - both the whenu and the aho.
OUR ACHIEVEMENT CHALLLENGES
Just imagine if all our students were resilient, had high attendance and transitions between schools were strong
Effective Teaching and Learning. J
ust imagine if all teachers provided personalised learning experiences, had strong collaboration, and had a relentless focus on quality teaching and learning.
Just imagine if innovation was collaborative, shared, met the needs of our learners, and that teachers and students had time to be innovative.
Te Aho Tuatahi - Culurally repsonsive practise.
Just imagine if if tangata whenua were directly involved in the schooling of their tamariki, that all teachers had a strong focus on mohio, and that all teachers and students learned to speak te reo.
Te Aho Tuarua - Developing Learner Agency.
Just imagine if all students took responsibility for their learning and all students were involved with designing their learning pathways.
Te Aho Tuatoru - Teaching as Inquiry.
Just imagine if every teacher was using TAI to explore their practise, and changes in student achievement were the result of reflective practise and inquiry by all teachers.
Te aho Tuawha - Transition.
Just imagine if all learners move smoothly through education settings and information sharing was beneficial to learning.
Te aho Tuarima - Competencies. Just imagine if all of our teachers have a shared understanding of what competencies entail, and all students confidently display the competencies.
TE ORO - THE GROVE
The Karaka Grove is thought to have been cultivated by Rangitāne, the mana whenua, more than 200 years ago. Currently the grove is marked by three pou arranged in the style of a pātaka (food store). It is a site of great importance and significance to the iwi. The grove is made up of many trees that have been deliberately planted together. This is representative of all of us who are deliberately coming together to enable a healthy environment where schools are able to work in partnership to nurture and unleash potential across all our schools. Each tree is separate in its own right just as each school operates in its own right to meet the needs of its students and communities. Just as trees come in a range of sizes so too do our schools.
NGĀ HUA - THE BERRIES
The berries of the Karaka tree were an important food source for Māori who ate the ripened outer flesh and the kernel. The kernel required a laborious process to render it edible where it was then consumed as a nut or ground up to make a bread. This is also representative of the work our Kāhui Ako will do to ensure we are empowering ‘future ready learners’.
NGĀ AKA - THE ROOTS
Although we commonly think of trees as competing with each other for resources, we now know from a number of studies that they share information and nutrients underground via their root systems. These nutrients often travel from the strong healthy trees to those requiring support or that need a boost. This is also one of the compelling roles within our Kāhui Ako.
WHO WE ARE
Te Oro Karaka Kāhui Ako is a community of 24 schools and 12 Early Learning Services (ELS). This is a large and diverse Kāhui Ako with schools ranging from two sole charge primary schools through to large secondary schools; half are in Palmerston North city with the other half located in rural communities surrounding the city, mainly to the south and west. More ELS providers are expected to also join the Kāhui Ako this year. People within and connected to our Kāhui Ako community include our students, principals, teachers and support staff, parents and whānau, iwi and hapu, and local employers and community groups.
OUR MEMBER SCHOOLS
College Street Normal School
Winchester School | Te Kura o Te Haonui
Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School
Monrad Tirohanga Intermediate School
Glen Oroua School
Linton Camp School
Oroua Downs School
Te Kura o Wairau
Palmerston North Boys’ High School
Palmerston North Girls’ High School
Queen Elizabeth College
Early Learning Services
Awapuni Kindergarten, Building Blocks 2, Camp Street Kindergarten, Cloverlea Kindergarten, Hokowhitu Kindergarten, Linton Kindergarten, Milverton Kindergarten, Riverdale Kindergarten, Somerset Kindergarten, Takaro Kindergarten, The Cubby House Child Care Centre, West End Kindergarten
In early 2016, a number of schools in Palmerston North began conversations about forming a Community of Learning, with shared goals for student achievement.
The Kāhui Ako has structure and agreed direction. Leadership is provided by two Lead Principals, 8 across-school Leaders (ASL) and Within-School Teachers (WST). Principals meet regularly to progress the Kāhui Ako.
With Achievement Challenges now endorsed by the Ministry of Education, focus has shifted to embedding roles and developing a sense of community.