The best you can be

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Ti­tahi Bay North School might not ex­pect per­fec­tion from its stu­dents, but it has high stan­dards for its own per­for­mance, which have been re­flected in a glow­ing re­port from the Ed­u­ca­tion Re­view Of­fice.

ERO re­viewed the decile two school in Au­gust and has praised stu­dents’ con­fi­dence and re­spect­ful at­ti­tude, teach­ers’ cel­e­bra­tion of stu­dent suc­cesses, and the school board’s en­gage­ment with fam­i­lies.

‘‘They ba­si­cally could find noth­ing in our school that was of any con­cern,’’ prin­ci­pal Steven Cald­well says. ‘‘It was very very good. ‘‘ We were re­ally pleased with how it came out.

‘‘It re­flected the hard work the school and board have done over the last three years.’’

ERO’s only rec­om­men­da­tion was that the school adopt National Stan­dards, but said ‘‘ teach­ers use an ap­pro­pri­ate range of as­sess­ment tools to col­lect de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about stu­dents’ achieve­ment and progress in read­ing, writ­ing and math­e­mat­ics’’.

The school’s 145 year 1 to 8 stu­dents learn in a safe at­mos­phere where they can take risks in their learn­ing and are not ex­pected to be per­fect all the time, Mr Cald­well says.

‘‘We’re not ex­pect- ing per­fec­tion but you be the best you can be, and that’s the best you can be.’’

Teach­ers work to stu­dents’ strengths and weak­nesses, and em­pha­sise the fun and rel­e­vance of learn­ing for life skills and fu­ture ca­reers, he says.

‘‘Kids can see a point to what they’re learn­ing, other­wise it doesn’t re­ally mean much.’’

The school’s two Maori lan­guage im­mer­sion classes were par­tic­u­larly praised by ERO, who said they al­low stu­dents to recog­nise their own strengths and cul­tural gifts.

‘‘They said we had some of the best Maori im­mer­sion units in the coun­try,’’ Mr Cald­well says.

Year 8 Maori im­mer­sion stu­dent Seren­ity Ki­tiseni could not de­cide on the sin­gle best as­pect of Ti­tahi Bay North School.

‘‘Every­thing,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s awe­some.’’

Cool school: Ti­tahi Bay North School has been praised by the Ed­u­ca­tion Re­view Of­fice for its ef­fec­tive and in­clu­sive school cul­ture. Pic­tured are prin­ci­pal Steven Cald­well with stu­dents Seren­ity Ki­tiseni, 12, Elius Te Moana-Lyttle, 5, Davida Skel­ton, 6, and Ra­mari Clay, 12.

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