Learning is the focus of everything we do at Pakuranga College. To this end, we have developed a 'learning charter' ... a statement about what we believe makes and supports learning.
In 2009, students and teachers reviewed the original learning charter and came up with the first part of a new learning charter. This year we introduced a series of posters that identify what makes learning happen for students. These posters are up in all classrooms through the school and says, in language that students developed and understand, what needs to happen for students to learn.
Read the information below to get an idea of what we believe needs to happen for learning to occur. Click on any of the images below to open a larger, better quality image of each poster.
Learning happens when we strive for our personal best. To learn, we must set goals both within our subjects and beyond school. We must then challenge ourselves to work hard and achieve those goals, and never give up.
Learning happens when we make connections between what we are learning and what we already know, or between different subjects that we are studying.
We make these connections by being curious and so making discoveries for ourselves. We also make connections by participating in various opportunties to learn, and by stepping outside of our comfort zone.
Learning happens when we build positive relationships - not only with other students, but also with our teachers and whanau.
As we show respect for ourselves, others and the environment we enjoy a better learning environment. We then feel safe and feel like we belong. In turn, this helps us to work together in our learning.
Learning happens when we reflect and think about what we are learning. We do this by discussing what we are learning with others, asking questions and knowing how to improve our work.