Our Learner Attributes

At Pillans Point School we believe school and learning should be seen as an Adventure that is ongoing and never ending.

 

'Adventurous Learning' guides our school strategic direction as well as our school curriculum. We believe it is a vision that is aspirational, inspirational and achievable.

 

Through our 'Adventurous Learning' we are wanting students and teachers to 'Seeking new opportunities while challenging ourselves to develop and grow as learners'.

 

Seeking New Opportunities

It's about everyone trying new things in our learning that engage and motivate us to want to learn. We consider research and development in the educational field as part of new opportunities.

 

Challenge Ourselves

This is asking questions about what we are doing and why we are doing it. It is seeing learning as an inquiry process where we look and evaluate what we are learning and our next steps.

Develop

These are the skills needed for specific teaching and learning tasks. These are the deliberate acts of teaching and learning so we can move on in our learning. For teachers and leaders this is our professional learning, what we need to learn to become better teachers and leaders.

 

Grow

This is where we learn, refine and apply. We have developed skills and abilities and we begin to apply these as we work and learn.

 

Learners

This is what we are wanting to achieve. We want our school community to be learners. As learners we will want to Seek Opportunities, while Challenges Ourselves as we Develop and Grow as people

Meanings behind our images

 

 

Our Logo

 

The Pillans Point School logo features a koru design that represents the the letter 'P' and the location of Pillans Point at the entrance of the Waikarero Estuary. Symbolically the koru means new beginnings, harmony, growth, strength and life.

Our Learning Model

 

The Pillans Point School Learner Model aims to develop open minded children who, recognise their individuality and identity while developing the attributes and abilities that enable them to interact with people successfully in every day situations. Courageous, Communicator, Team Player, Connected and Explorer are cross competency attributes which were developed from the Key Competencies in the NZC.


 

Adventure Time

 

Adventure Time is a time in our school week that caters to the abilities and  curiosities of our students as well as enriches the curriculum opportunities we can offer our children.

 

Adventure time is an innovative programme that allows for further personalisation of learning across the curriculum. Opportunities for students to be engaged in adventure time occurs once a week across the whole school.

 

Adventure time caters for all students and gives them the opportunity do develop further our school learner attributes (Cross Competency Skills). It teaches the students how to be proactive in managing and taking responsibility for their learning. Learning opportunities in other areas such as learning a second language, creating a mural for the school, training for a sports or cultural event, and pursuing personal passions and interests are encouraged during this time.

Adventure time meets the needs of students, and is based on their interests.  As such, it is flexible in nature and scope, and students can have input into its design.  The programme allows the school to make full use of the strengths and interests of teachers, other staff, and members of the wider community.

 

As a parent with a passion or an interest that you would like to offer please contact school and you too can be part of Adventure Time.

School Blogs

 

Check out what's happening in the PPS class rooms and around the school...

 

Latest Posts:

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Our charity-Foster kids

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Bike artwork

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Waimarino stop motion

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Trying Tennis

Today room 4 are playing tennis with players from the Tauranga tennis club.They are teaching us how to play tennis and the skills you need t... read more

 

eLearning

 

eLearning at Pillans Point School is used purposefully and effectively to help promote quality learning. Students and staff regularly work collaboratively using a wide range of ICT tools. Computers, laptops and ipads are used to supplement traditional ways of teaching. Our aim is to connect the students to experiences beyond the classroom and equip them with the skills to be successful global citizens.

 

 

 

 

Extract from the New Zealand Curriculum Document.

 

E-learning and pedagogy

Information and communication technology (ICT) has a major impact on the world in which young people live. Similarly, e-learning (that is, learning supported by or facilitated by ICT) has considerable potential to support the teaching approaches outlined in the above section.

For instance, e-learning may:
• assist the making of connections by enabling

students to enter and explore new learning environments, overcoming barriers of distance and time;

• facilitate shared learning by enabling students to join or create communities of learners that extend well beyond the classroom;

• assist in the creation of supportive learning environments by offering resources that take account of individual, cultural, or developmental differences;

• enhance opportunities to learn by offering students virtual experiences and tools that save them time, allowing them to take their learning further.

Schools should explore not only how ICT can supplement traditional ways of teaching but also how it can open up new and different ways of learning.

School Houses

 

Our school houses begin from New Entrants through to Year 6.

Thanks to the support of Classic Builders all children enrolled at

Pillans Point School in the first term of each year will receive a

free house tee shirt. This tee shirt will be the property of each

child and will not have to be returned to the school. After this

date children will be able to purchase new house tee shirts as

they grow out of their gifted tee shirt.

To help with the hype and excitement around school houses all

families are in the same house. All staff are also part of a

school house. Throughout each term students will have many

opportunities to participate in house events and earn points for

their house. At the end of each term and school year, the

school house shield will be presented to the winning house.

Through their involvement in these groups, children will have
fun and learn about how to further develop the school competencies
in a variety of different contexts across the New Zealand curriculum.

Extra Curricular Sports

 

The following extra curricular sporting activities are being offered at Pillans Point School during 2013. Notices for each sporting code are sent out to interested pupils.

 

All teams require a parent coach or a parent manager who is responsible for each team before we can enter a team.

 

Please see the teacher in charge for any more information.

 

Term 1 & 4

SPORT
YEAR
DAY SPORT IS PLAYED
VENUE
REGISTER
Volleyball
Year: Yr 3-6
Day sport is played: Friday afternoon/evening
Venue: QEYC
Register:

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Rippa Rugby & Quick Rip
Year: Yr 1-6
Day sport is played: Tuesday afternoons
Venue: Fergusson Park, Matua
Register:

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Flippaball
Year: Yr 3-6
Day sport is played: Tuesday afternoon/evening
Venue: Memorial Pools
Register:

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Kiwi Tag
Year: Yr 3-6
Day sport is played: Monday afternoons
Venue: Mitchell Park, Seymour Place, Otumoetai
Register:

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Cricket
Year: Yr 1-6
Day sport is played: Saturday mornings*

*If your child is a Yr 1-3 and hasn't played before please contact Lianne at liannec@pillanspoint.school.nz to get more information about 'Superstar Cricket Academy'.
Venue: Various
Register:

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Term 2 & 3

SPORT
YEAR
DAY SPORT IS PLAYED
VENUE
REGISTER
Netball
Year: Yr 1-2
Yr 3-4
Yr 5-6
Day sport is played: Tuesday afternoons
Wednesday afternoons
Saturday mornings
Venue: Harbourside
Register:

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Hockey
Year: Yr 1-2

Yr 3-4

Yr 5-6
Day sport is played: Thursday afternoons

Saturday mornings

Saturday mornings
Venue: Pillans Point School

Tauranga Hockey Centre (THC) Blake Park

THC and some local schools
Register:

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Miniball
Year: Yr 1-2

Yr 3-4

Yr 5-6
Day sport is played: Monday nights

Tuesday nights

Friday nights
Venue: QEYC and ASB Arena

ASB Arena

ASB Arena
Register:

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