School visit options

Option 1 - Heading South

AM - Wakefield School

PM - St Pauls

Hauora Activity: WOW and Speights Ale House

Wakefield School

Wakefield School - New Zealand's oldest continuous school - is a year 1-6 rural school with around 250 students, serving the village of Wakefield and surrounding districts in the heart of the Tasman region. Two big ideas have occupied us in recent years: collaborative teaching and co-constructed/democratic learning. All our staff work in close collaborative teams, in a mixture of modern and traditional learning environments, and all our students engage in self-directed learning, with a focus on social action outcomes. Learning programmes are heavily influenced by our unique outdoor environment and strong partnerships with our parents, community and local businesses. See more at:

St Pauls School

Saint Paul's has a strong focus on children growing their learner capabilities (key competencies) within real-world experiences. We closely follow the research and work of Michael Fullan and others in the area of New Pedagogies for Deep Learning which is of course similar to Project Based Learning. We have a strong 'Theory of Pedagogical Practice' and when teachers are considering their context for learning and developing their learning programme, this is the benchmark they align with.

What visitors will see in our New Entrant / Year One space, is an environment that allows for such learning. The Teaching and Learning Through Play/Experience pedagogy has been developed in this area over a three year period and more recently the team in that area have worked with Sarah Aiono from Longworth Education, to ensure that best practice leads to great learning for our little ones. We are very proud of what has been achieved in this space.

Moving through the school the experiences alter in nature with deep learning activities being planned to challenge students for longer periods of time. The experiences allow students to grow their capabilities within the deep learning and we are currently strengthening our practice in developing rubrics that allow for self/peer/teacher assessment of these learner capabilities as well as for learning.

Our learning in faith is integrated across the curriculum and it has been exciting developing an integrated curriculum across the school.

Option 2 - Heading West

AM - Hope School

PM - Upper Moutere School

Hauora Activity: Mapua Wharf

Hope School

At Hope School, our motto is "a positive attitude is everything!" So when we can across Appreciative Inquiry it felt like there couldn't be a better inquiry model for our School. Appreciative Inquiry is based on the sound research-based field of positive psychology and is used widely in businesses and non-profit organisations around the world. We use Appreciative Inquiry as a model for appraisal, school review and achieving better outcomes for our learners. We can also share with you how we have built a local curriculum based on the key competencies and how we are working towards being a wellbeing focused school and community (related to the Positive Education movement).

Upper Moutere School

We are a U3 rural, full primary school. Five years ago we had the opportunity to develop two-thirds of our learning spaces to better meet the needs of our evolving teaching and learning approach. We explored numerous "LE's"… MLE, ILE and FLE ( or whatever is the latest from MOE) and came up with our CAFES (Collaborative and Flexible Environments.) Most of the environments we saw were new builds and we had an 80 + year old building and a conjoined prefab to bring into the 21st Century. We are very pleased with how our spaces enable us to teach and learn flexibly and collaboratively.

Option 3 - Heading North

AM - Hira School

PM - Clifton Terrace School

Hauora Activity: Free House

Hira School

Hira School is a U3 rural primary school just north of Nelson City. We are committed to developing local curriculum to respond to the needs and interests of our students while leveraging the local resources available to us. We are in our fourth year of implementing a play based programme in our junior classes. Play based pedagogy is being developed collaboratively within the school and through close connections with the neighbouring school and ECE providers. We look forward to sharing with you what we are doing.

Clifton Terrace

As a school by the sea we strive to expand our students horizons. Over the past couple of years we have begun to adapt our pedagogy to be more and more child centered. As a result of this we started a journey into play based learning in our junior school. As a school we are proud of our progress even though we are still very much learning and working out what this looks like for us and our tamariki. We are more than happy to share with you our flavour of play based learning and how we have grown over the past few years.

Option 4 - Heading East

AM - Hampden Street School

PM - Nayland Street School

Hauora Activity - WOW and Speights Ale House

Hampden Street

Hampden Street has led the way in the Nelson Region with the development of Innovative Learning Environments. Our 6 year journey has had it's bumps, twists and turns but we have created teaching spaces that support our student-led pedagogy, which we based on the 7 Principles of Learning developed by the OECD. All aspects of our school are led by this framework from classroom teaching to teacher inquiry to appraisal. The last two years we have been exploring cultural relationships for responsive pedagogy and have integrated it into our 7 Principle Framework.

Student-led Learning at HSS:

Nayland Primary

Our focus is a strong emphasis on Relation Based Learning (RbL) to lift outcomes for learners. As part of our Kahui Ako work we have implemented Impact Coaching and a Guiding Coalition to raise achievement. Voice data is used to show progress. Power sharing and rejecting deficit thinking are two areas of focus and we can share the changes we are making to embed this pedagogy.

Play-based learning is a part of our junior school programme and we have recently added deck areas to 7 classrooms to support collaboration.