Ponsonby Primary School

Ponsonby Primary School: our school motto is ‘Steadfast and True’, ‘Kiau Kia Pono’. It is depicted by a symbol of the Pegasus. Both of these elements of our school are 13 9 years of age. Annually the school reaches 377 students, and it is graded in size as U5. The school is classified decile 10.

The School Mission Statement is “Together we will encourage, challenge and inspire each other towards a life-long love of learning. Our children will be individually valued as they strive for personal excellence within a secure and happy environment.”

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Projects 2011

Marking Race Relations Day 2011
Treaty of Waitangi

Making the Treaty of Waitangi is an integral part of school life. The students make class treaties at the beginning of each year as a starting point to understanding the Treaty. There is school wide study of the Treaty, with special focus in Year 6.

Te reo Māori

Making te reo Māori is an important part of school life. Each week in the newsletter and assembly there is the expression of the week in te reo. Every Year 1 and 2 student has 30 minutes of te reo per week and there is an enrichment programme available to all students in Years 4-6. These are funded solely through parent contributions. With the use of active boards in every room the staffs is able to access programme that speak to the students in te reo and helps up skill the staff.
There is a focus for 201 1 to have staff speak other languages to the students.

Kapa haka
Culture days

Culture days – elders from different cultures come and work with the students at celebration times – Diwali, Mātāriki, and Chinese New Year. The school has a longstanding connection to the Chinese community whose ancestors had market gardens on the site on which the school is built. There are occasions when this connection is marked and acknowledged. Mātāriki is being marked with disco and grandparent day. The school has noted a real shift within the parent community – one example is that they are asking for the Māori words for the national anthem to be provided at special events so they can sing a long with the students.

Pasifika week

Pasifika week is a bi annual celebration- Next to be held in 2012 and is all about valuing diversity

There is a big focus on respecting and affirming cultural diversity. The school tracks the academic results of Māori and Pasifika students and finds they are sitting in the same place as Pākehā students. They have adopted the Māori focus for the new curriculum as they feel it is more holistic.

Contact person: Anne Malcolm, AMalcolm@ponsprim.school.nz

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