Welcome to Awhitu District School
Awhitu District School is a well established full rural primary catering for students from New Entrants to Year 8.
Our motivating and engaging curriculum focusses on our individual learning journeys, our environment and our PRIDE values. We provide a quality education in a caring and stimulating environment.
We enjoy all the benefits of rural living and the best of innovative teaching and learning practices through Inquiry, a blended eLearning approach and personalised learning. Each classroom is equipped with either Chromebooks or iPads and interactive whiteboards.
Our school is well supported by an active Board of Trustees and PTA who are dedicated to help provide wonderful resources to enhance students learning and experiences.
PRIDE Values are very important at Awhitu District School as they form the basis of our school Vision, which is:
'Empowering students to care, adapt and succeed with PRIDE'
OUR PRIDE PANELS
Our amazing PRIDE panels are proudly displayed in the heart of our school. These all started some time ago with the development of the school Vision (Empowering students to care, adapt and succeed with PRIDE), by the school community as a whole. The PRIDE Values have been embedded within our curriculum and everything we do here at Awhitu. Over the last year the students and staff have been developing our PRIDE Matrix, which explains what is expected of each of us within each value, in each school setting. This Matrix provides the basis for our Values lessons each week.
During the design of our PRIDE panels our children identified animals, wildlife, trees and environments that are important to us, and that depict our PRIDE values. These ideas were then passed on to our talented designer Sasha Maya from ‘Sasha Maya Creative’ who has designed our PRIDE panels and school signage. Below is a description of some of the meanings and the story within our stunning PRIDE panels.
Moving from Panel 1 to 5 they move through from early morning to midday, to dusk, to night. Each of the panels represent a different part of the Awhitu environment:
Panel 1: The sea
Panel 2: Awhitu School pine forest
Panel 3: New Zealand bush
Panel 4: The foreshore (and Awhitu lighthouse)
Panel 5: The harbour
- Pukeko (panel 4) were known for their bold scheming and determination. They raided gardens for kūmara and taro.