The aim of our Primary years at Mercury Bay Area School is to provide a safe, responsive environment that enables our students to grow into their best selves, socially, emotionally and academically.
Our strong school community is built on our shared values of Kindness, Achievement, Unity, Respect and Identity (KAURI) and our desire to be purposeful in our quest to “Grow Good People” and “Grow Good Learners”.
The importance of play and the provision of a school environment and classrooms that promote safe, creative play is a pivotal component of our educational philosophy.
Play is the ultimate in self-directed learning. When teachers respect and respond to the interests and curiosities stimulated by children’s play, an authentic platform for students to develop as self-directed learners is created.
Transitions are important, and we have a unique opportunity as an Area school to ensure that we manage these transitions carefully and compassionately. In our Foundation class we aim to blur the boundaries between our ECEs and ourselves, with lots of self-directed activity and teachers who are responsive to students' readiness and desire to learn the "formal" skills of school. As with all areas of our primary school, we are guided by the needs of the individual learner, academically and emotionally.
“There is no developmental cut-off at school entry age. During the early school years, the principles and strands of the early childhood continue to apply and can be interwoven with those of the New Zealand curriculum statement for schools” Te Whaariki, p21.
Philosophy for Children pedagogy is another pivotal component in helping us to grow good learners. It aims to develop students and teachers who are critical, caring and creative thinkers who work collaboratively to find the best possible answers to our own inquiries. This combined with our continued focus on guided inquiry will ensure our students will leave the primary school with the skills to question, research, act and reflect on issues that resonate with them.
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