The Gardens School Strategic Plan. 2019-2024

Our Vision: Education that prepares learners for their future and challenges them to continually strive.

Our Mission: To develop independent, life long learners with strong foundations of literacy and numeracy through real, student driven, inquiry learning, using ICT as a tool.

Our Community

The Gardens School is an established subdivision in Manurewa, Auckland. The Gardens area includes the Botanic Gardens, developed over 20 years ago and Totara Park, which includes a large bush area. With the development of the school 17 years ago, a unique community in the heart of South Auckland has evolved.

The Gardens School is a decile 8 school that has grown steadily to a roll of around 600. Parents of students predominantly both work and there is an increasing cultural diversity, with immigrant families moving into the area. The school staff has a wide range of backgrounds, ages, ethnicities and religions. Increasingly, staff are joining the school with a variety of first languages and this matches the changes in the community.

In 2013, the school was identified as a leaky building and subsequent demolition has meant significant upheaval for students and staff. For several years, the students were housed in a temporary school and co-existed in a split site, whilst the new school was built. At the beginning of 2018, the school moved in to a brand new, purpose built collaborative teaching space that is truly representative of 21st Century teaching and learning.

The school has a heavy emphasis on digital learning and is increasingly looking at creative approaches to deliver a STEAM inquiry based curriculum to students. Foundations of literacy and numeracy are key to this and student achievement remains strong. Our staff take their professional commitment very seriously and strive to remain at the forefront of educational innovation. This is supported by the Board of Trustees, who have made sound use of operational funding, to provide students with an excellent environment and resources.

Key Drivers: during our school rebuild, the Change Team explored the elements of our school culture that were most important to us. We attempted to narrow down these down to the attributes typifying our culture. This feather was designed to show these:

Our Key Values: In an effort to articulate our key drivers, the Change Team considered what values we believed were necessary for children to develop throughout their formative years. These are now used in teaching and learning programs.

Te Ao Maori

The Gardens School will take all reasonable steps to provide Te Reo and Tikanga Maori within the school. We aim to implement programs of learning that reflect and include reference to New Zealand's unique cultural diversity including knowledge of our heritage and history. Our programs recognise the Treaty of Waitangi and the traditional Maori roots of our country. The Gardens School will:

• Provide staff with professional development in Tikanga and Te Reo Maori

• Identify local and regional history and liaise with Manurewa Marae

• Celebrate both Maori and English versions of our national anthem

• Observe and reflect on commemorative/celebratory days e.g. Waitangi, Matariki

• Use Te Reo when planning and delivering teaching programs

• Encourage use of Te Reo in the day to day interactions

• Work alongside VLN to provide Kapa Haka and Te Reo

• Continue enrolment with Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu

• Maintain our school Pepeha so it is part of the fabric of The Gardens School

Written by Brody Panoho and Amber Beazley, 2019.

Key Competencies and The Gardens School Curriculum

Using the Key Competencies and focusing on the skills our student need to be successful in the 21st Century workplace, The Gardens School will develop our students to become:

Alfriston Kahui Ako

The Gardens School is a member of the Alfriston Kahui Ako, working alongside 6 other local schools. The Gardens School commits to support our Community of Learning and to participate as fully as possible in the development of schooling across our network.

Annual Key Actions

NAG 1: Curriculum

Close monitoring of curriculum delivery across all areas

Strong literacy and numeracy classroom programs and support programs

Growing emphasis on visual language and multimedia presentation

Development of STEAM throughout the school

Continued future focus on e-learning, IT, coding and robotics

Focus on Physical Education and developing future habits for fitness and health

Careers education and developing employable skills in our students

Provision for students with second languages to access excellent programs to support their learning and progress through school

Development of Key Competencies

Rich focus on cultural recognition of all students and a clear focus on New Zealand, our difference and the place of Maori within our country

Environmental education and deep connections with the Botanic Gardens, Totara Park, Waicare and other positive environmental groups.

International connections, sister school programs, exchanges, and online collaboration

Second language programs, Spanish, Chinese and genuine opportunities to share

Musical and performing arts programs, choir, band, cultural groups etc.

NAG 2: Documentation and Self Review

Regular and ongoing review of school policies and procedures using TGS SchoolDocs account

Regular and ongoing monitoring of students achievement information using Linc-Ed platform.

Teacher appraisal and teaching as inquiry recorded through Interlead Appraisal. An ongoing and developmental focus on staff appraisal.

Continued review of systems to support continuous improvement

Community consultation and analysis of feedback and trends.

Strong emphasis on communication with parents. Use of the school App, Linc-Ed, Bulletin information, team newsletters, Instagram, blogs, wikis and visual presentations. On-going parent workshops and information opportunities.

Nag 3: Personnel

A stable and contented staff

Commitment to fully collaborative, 21st Century teaching and learning

Focus on whole school, targeted professional development.

Recruitment, induction and retention programs that attract and keep quality staff and allow them to be ready for our vastly different teaching styles

Continuation of Collaborative Release to Assist Planning and provision of specialist teachers to ensure a wide variety of opportunities are available to students

Providing opportunities for staff to present at Professional Development, conferences or workshops.

Apple Distinguished School status along with 407 other schools in the world and all the opportunities this provides for our staff and students.

Leadership opportunities for staff through the Alfriston Kahui Ako and through curriculum lead roles.

Nag 4: Finance and Property

Management of the redevelopment of the TGS site following our rebuild

Ongoing planning for roll growth

Explore the develop spaces in the new school to cater to specific programs.

Continue to purchase furniture and equipment suitable for the collaborative teaching spaces

Annual Accounts and accounting programs monitored and maintained

Ongoing applications for charitable grants to further develop the school grounds.

NAG 5: Health and Safety

Positive Behaviour Management Program

Leadership opportunities and peer mediation

Health and Safety systems and programs

Documentation relating to new build and 10 Year Property Plan

Safe physical and mental environment for students and for staff

Healthy food plans and programs.

NAG 6: Legislation

Board of Trustees made aware of any changes to legislation that may affect the governance of the school

Policies and procedures meeting Legislative requirements

Documentation in line with requirements of the Treaty of Waitangi

Enrolment scheme legislation adhered to

Annual Plan accepted by MOE

Expected Outcomes from Key Actions

Board Directives and Delegated Responsibilites

Anywhere, any time learning.

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