Programmes

Academic

Academic:We are a Visible Learning School. We are working alongside the team at Visible Learning Plus to grow good teaching and Learning based on the research of John Hattie(2010, 2011, 2012).

We work inside Hattie’s 8 Mindframes for teachers:
·         I am an evaluator / activator
·         I am a change agent
·         I am a seeker of feedback
·         I use dialogue more than monologue
·         I enjoy challenge
·         I have high expectations for all
·         I welcome error
·         I am passionate about and promote the language of learning.
·         We reserve our mornings for Literacy and numeracy (These are often blended with    our study contexts).

 Our teachers are professionally trained to meet the learning needs of the variety of children in front of them.

. We are a learning community and the teaching and support staff take very seriously the education of your child. We encourage risk-taking as an important part of any real learning.

. We inquire into what we are doing and how we can do better as a result of this inquiry. 

. We are evidence driven and look to make a difference across the curriculum. All teachers are numeracy trained and work together to build classrooms that incorporate experiential techniques designed to encourage talking and so conceptual growth. Oral language is the basis of learning in reading and writing. Because many of our learners are speakers of other languages we strive to ensure they have excellent spoken English models. Children achieve well here.

 

Assessment:

Assessment:We incorporate the latest thinking around assessment of students but also of teachers. We use e- AsTTle for senior assessment in reading and PROBE to triangulate Overall Teacher Judgements (OTJ’s).
We use digital wedge graphs to track junior progress (Y0-3, weeks 0-120) in reading every five weeks.

We moderate writing across the school each term to ensure consistency and to ensure all teachers understand the progression of writing from juniors to seniors.

We use GLOSS and IKANs to assess Numeracy and triangulate for an Overall Teacher Judgement (OTJ) of your child’s achievement.

We incorporate rubrics into the assessment of our Inquiry work to make sense of the progress the children are making in integrated studies and to track development in the understanding and living of school values.

We assess progress as well as achievement using Hatties(2010) “effect size”. This is a measurement of the progress made between one set of assessments and another. We want to know that all children are being challenged to learn and effect size allows for this where achievement does not necessarily. An oversimplification of this concept is that an effect size of greater than 0.4 means the child is achieving accelerated progress.

 

Sports:

Sports:Sporting prowess takes time and practice. Because we are committed to academic achievement students practice and are coached in their lunchtimes and after school. We believe it is absolutely necessary to balanced schooling to have all children engaged in fitness and sporting opportunities.

We are very active in the local inter-school cluster and attempt to have the kids entered into all sporting fixtures. Because we are a smaller school this means your child gets lots of opportunities to participate, to excel and to lead. We often are in the leading three schools in these competitions: Rugby, soccer, netball, touch, tag, gymnastics, swimming, athletics, cross-country.

We encourage any parents that would like to help coach to approach us so that we can offer your children the best opportunities in as many sports as possible. Netball and Waterpolo (Flippaball at primary levels) especially require input from parents for these competitions to happen well.

We have a good size swimming pool (120,000L) that we are very proud of and that is used constantly over T1 and T4. This pool is available for community use over the summer break. We teach swimming skills and water confidence as appropriate.

 

Cultural:

Cultural:We want all of our children to be able to express their own and be familiar with the dance and song of many cultures. We have Maori kapahaka, and Pasifika cultural performance groups.

As we are able to we offer alternative cultural dance opportunities. We believe it is absolutely necessary to balanced schooling to have all children engaged in dance and other cultural opportunities.

We have a hip hop and have had in the past and hope to have again a Mandarin Chinese performance group to supplement the Mandarin Language classes your child can be part of.

The children learn the folk dances of the European cultures as part of school PE lessons. Every year we create a whole school dramatic performance in term three.  At the end of every term we construct a Celebration of Learning that the whole community is invited to.  This Celebration is a creative way of pulling all the different threads of our Inquiries together and can take whatever form is most appropriate to the topic being studied. In the past we have had ‘masterchef’ competitions, character parades, international food fairs as well as science fairs and multi-media performances. Every alternate year we have a Camp for the senior students (y4-6) and on the other years a Marae visit and overnight stay.

Because we are committed to academic achievement students practice and are coached in their lunchtimes and after school.

 

Tuakana / Teina:

Tuakana / Teina:We believe in living out our values: The school is organised physically in tuakana / teina pairs. An older class and its teacher is paired with a younger classroom and its teacher.

These two classes will often interact across the school day to reinforce or build confidence, cooperation and competence and nuture the relationships of the older children with their younger peers.

We have the occasional bully like all schools but this is dealt with quickly in our restorative justice style and our playgrounds generally are very safe.

 

The Use of Technology:

IThe Use of Technology:t's not the tools but the way they are used that counts.

We are leaders in the use of the Interactive whiteboards and where it is useful integrate computing with learning. We are ICT rich at Fruitvale. We are in the lucky position of having a benefactor that allows us to run and maintain excellent systems and resources.

 We have been SNUPPed for Fibre optic cable and we are a wireless environment. We have a Digital Opportunities class that has 1:1 devices and ubiquitous use of iPads and Google Chromebooks.

We are developing blogs and Facebook pages for every class in the school so that you can see what it is that your child is engaged in with their learning.

We are developing our use and integration of 3D printing and robotics.

We have two or three computers in each room and are Interactive white-boarded across the school. We have a TV station and a web group.

Our Web presence is highly interactive and once your child is in the school will become a real resource for them here and at home. We have major plans for the further integration of ICT and learning.

 

Inquiry:

InquiryIt's not the tools but the way they are used that counts.

We are leaders in the use of the Interactive whiteboards and where it is useful integrate computing with learning. We are ICT rich at Fruitvale. We are in the lucky position of having a benefactor that allows us to run and maintain excellent systems and resources.

 We have been SNUPPed for Fibre optic cable and we are a wireless environment. We have a Digital Opportunities class that has 1:1 devices and ubiquitous use of iPads and Google Chromebooks.

We are developing blogs and Facebook pages for every class in the school so that you can see what it is that your child is engaged in with their learning.

We are developing our use and integration of 3D printing and robotics.

We have two or three computers in each room and are Interactive white-boarded across the school. We have a TV station and a web group.

Our Web presence is highly interactive and once your child is in the school will become a real resource for them here and at home. We have major plans for the further integration of ICT and learning.