About East Gore School

SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

Kia ora and welcome to East Gore School.

East Gore School is a U3, Decile 3 contributing school in Eastern Southland.
Our students are predominately from the area of East Gore and some students travel into East Gore School from the local countryside.
Literacy and Numeracy is a priority area in the school, ensuring all students are given all opportunities to achieve to the best of their ability in these areas.
Our school is well supported by the Board of Trustees. We have a small, dedicated group of parents who run our Home and School (PTA).
Our school roll in December 2015 was 118 students with 35% of these students identifying as Māori.

Mission and Vision
East Gore School aims to empower children with:
 the skills, knowledge and attitudes to successfully meet all of life’s challenges,
 provide all children with the opportunity of reaching his/her full potential

PB4L Values
East Gore School incorporates the following values across all aspects of the students learning and development:

Responsibility yourself, others & property
Respect yourself, others & environment
Honestfor of with yourself & your work

Principles
The principles underpin all decision making at East Gore School:
High Expectations, Treaty of Waitangi, Cultural Diversity, Inclusion, Learning to Learn, Community Engagement, Coherence and Future Focus

Values
The values are deeply held beliefs about what is believed important or desirable behaviour. They are expressed in how people think and act. They are to be encouraged, modelled and explored at East Gore School…

Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Ecological Sustainability, Innovation, Inquiry and Curiosity, Community and Participation, Integrity, Respect

Beliefs

At East Gore School, we believe that our students need to:
• be confident
• have a good work ethic
• be responsible citizens
• have strong communication skills
• be problem solvers
• be a team player
• be life-long learners

We are committed to the achievement and success of all students in our care.

Cultural Diversity and the unique position of Māori

New Zealand’s Cultural Diversity

The school curriculum will encourage students to understand and respect the different cultures that make up New Zealand. We will ensure that experiences, cultural traditions and languages of all New Zealanders are recognised and valued. This will be done through a number of planned lessons and activities.

The achievement of all students will be monitored closely and trends within identified cultural groups will be analysed and changes made to teaching and learning programmes to reflect identified needs.

Cultural diversity brings strength to the school and the desire to learn and succeed has been identified in our new students. Regular Māori Consultation will take place with whānau. If a request is received from parents regarding tuition in Te Reo for their children, careful consultation will take place and an agreed programme will be put in place using available resources.

The unique position of the Māori Culture
When developing policies and practices for East Gore Primary School, every endeavour will be made to reflect New Zealand’s cultural diversity including the unique position of Māori culture.

The Board of Trustees
The BOT will take all reasonable steps to provide some instruction in Tikanga Māori (Māori Culture) and Te Reo (Māori Language) for students by integrating Te Reo into classroom programmes and naming classrooms after native trees. The BOT and staff will continue to build relationships with the Hokonui Runanga by inviting them to whā nau consultation meetings.
Curriculum reports will contain specific reference to the achievements of Māori students.

Pasifika / Asian

The school will ensure any student identifying with Pasifika or Asian origins be engaged in their learning and achieve educational success, with pride in their unique identity, language and culture. We will provide language support for students and their families, and create programmes of work that reflect the individual needs of each student so they can achieve success. Communication with and accessibility to providers of ESOL support resources will also be sought.

Special Education

Learners with special education needs are supported when they come to East Gore School. They will be encouraged to engage in all school activities with support. All students will achieve against all learning areas of the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aoteroa. To achieve this, all students will have an Individual Education Plan, written in consultation with parents and Special Education Services and achievement and goals will be regularly assessed and reflected on. Special Needs students are valued in our school, where they can learn from and teach other students.

Positive Behaviour of Learning (PB4L)

East Gore School is in our sixth year of Positive Behaviour for Learning.
Our target for 2016 is to begin moving into Tier Two. The school will be completing assessments of our current PB4L programme with the thought of moving into Tier Two in the second half of the year. East Gore School follows a termly action plan, so all staff know what is being taught during the term and everyone can be consistent when working with students.