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30 Waiora Road, Auckland
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Stanmore Bay School, 30 Waiora Road, Auckland

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Special Features and Programmes

Accelerated Learning Programmes

Stanmore Bay School has been involved in the Ministry of Educations initiative Programme for Students (PfS), comprising:

-Accelerating Learning in Literacy (ALL)  a short-term (15-week) intervention to accelerate the progress of students below or well below the National Standards for reading and/or writing, before expanding the intervention throughout the school. This intervention is in addition to effective classroom teaching

-Accelerating Learning in Mathematics (ALiM) a short-term intervention to accelerate the progress of students below the National Standards for mathematics, before expanding the intervention throughout the school. This intervention is in addition to effective classroom teaching.

-Mathematics Support Teacher (MST) a specialist teacher working with small groups of students who are well below the National Standard for mathematics, before expanding the intervention throughout the school. This intervention is in addition to effective classroom teaching.

In 2017 these initiatives will be implemented through our Community of Learning (CoL). For more information about PfS, please see the Ministry's website here.

Chess Club
Our school chess club operates during lunch times and the children have the oportunity to take part in interschool chess tournaments on a regular basis. The benefits of playing chess are huge: it improves problem-solving skills, teaches planning and foresight, improves memory and stimulates both sides of the brain.

Gifted and Talented Programme
What is the definition of giftedness?
"...those with exceptional abilities relative to most other people.  These individuals have certain learning characteristics that give them the potential to achieve outstanding performance. Giftedness and talent can mean different things to different communities and cultures in New Zealand, and there is a range of appropriate approaches towards meeting the needs of all such students.  Schools need to develop multicatergorical approaches to giftedness that are flexible enough to include the many characteristics that are typical of gifted and talented learners.” (Ministry of Education, 2002, p.2)

We identify children for own Gifted and Talented programme through analysis of test results, teacher observations, student interviews and by parent survey.  Differentiation of planning occurs in the normal classroom programme to help cater to the needs of all our students, however a withdrawal programme operates to give those identified students, a wide variety of extension activities Visit the Ministry or Education website for further information and articles about Gifted and Talented Progammes. If you have any questions regarding our Gifted and Talented programme please contact our GATE Coordinator Robyn Bennett.

Enviro School
Our school has continued to develop as an Enviro School. With the guidance of their teachers and our Enviro leader our students have taken part in discussions, decision making and idea development towards making our school a more sustainable, healthy and caring environment. Through activities such as seed-to-table learning through class gardens, making signage, maintaining and beautifying our orchard, promoting power saving measures, taking part in community cleanups, and learning about Māori perspectives, and engaging with our wider community, we all contributed to our new status as a Silver Enviroschool. Many of our children were members on the Enviro team but also took part in the presentation to the council during the Reflection day.

As an EnviroSchool we take care of our people, our school and the environment around it. We also have different sustainable systems in our school to help reduce and recycle.
- Worm Farm Bins in every class room
- A Worm Farm. We use the worm tea and castings to put on our plants to help them grow
- Paper Recycling Bins in every classroom
- Paper 4 Trees. We earn Native Trees for our Paper and Card recycling efforts
- Compost Tumblers- We use these to tumble compost for our gardens
- A fruit tree orchard
- Vegetable Gardens
- A PET/Green Wall
- A gardening club
- Rubbish Busters
- Solar Panels - click here to see the power we are generating

Five main principles guide the Enviroschools Programme
The Guiding Principles are derived from emerging understandings about how environment, ecology, education, society and culture each contribute to creating a sustainable world. We are encouraged to develop these principles and continually check for signs that they are growing and visible. Guiding principles of Enviroschools are people, physical surroundings, programmes as well as curriculum and processes. The idea is that pupils will think about the environment and will take their ideas home with them. The vision is "creating environmental leaders committed to preserving and improving our environment for future generations."
Our goals are:
-To have an Enviro Team we work with on projects.
-To get the BOT, staff/teachers, parents/community and students all on the same side.
-To empower syutdent to make decisions about how we care for our environment and to want to do jobs, not be made to. It is teacher-guided but student-led. (Instead of us saying you should weed the garden, or plant this tree, students make the decisions themselves. They lead and it is things they want to do).

Te Reo Māori Me Ona Tikanga
Since 2014 our students and teachers have been involved in learning te reo Māori me ona tikanga (Māori language and customs) through the successful and recently award winning, Te Reo Tuatahi programme that has been implemented in forty other schools across Auckland. A kaiāwhina reo delivers a Māori programme that is enjoyable - a mixture of learning te reo, waiata, traditional stories, concepts and traditions that reflect our country’s unique heritage.  The teachers who are working alongside our tutor receive valuable professional development and build their confidence to teach the language and customs in their own classroom programme. As well as this type of professional development, twelve staff from our school have undertaken a 12-month study called ‘He Papa Tikanga,’ through Te Wananga O Aotearoa. This is important learning for the teachers, as the Ministry of Education’s focus is to develop teacher capabilities in cultural competencies through Tātaiako and the Practising Teacher Criteria.

Our annual Matariki celebrations have been a highlight of our school calendar, and helps to bring our community closer together. Our school kapa haka roopu rehearse once a week and perform at community events, and take part in the local kapa haka festival each year.