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West Melton School Curriculum - Principles
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The Principles are the foundations of curriculum decision making and are evident in all aspects of the delivery of our school’s curriculum. The Principles apply equally to all schools and to every aspect of the curriculum. They embody beliefs about the nature of educational experience and the entitlement of students.

At West Melton School we are able to clearly demonstrate our commitment to the principles and to articulate how they are given effect in teaching and learning. We have placed the students at the centre of our school curriculum to ensure the development and provision of teaching and learning opportunities that are not only challenging and engaging for our students but also guarantee inclusion and celebrate their unique identity and culture.
The Principles
1. High Expectations
"The Curriculum supports and empowers all students to learn and achieve personal excellence, regardless of their individual circumstances”.
The New Zealand Curriculum

Ministry of Education (2007), p.9

At West Melton School we support and empower our students to learn and achieve personal excellence.
2. Learning to Learn
"The curriculum encourages all students to reflect on their own learning processes and to learn how to learn.”
The New Zealand Curriculum
Ministry of Education (2007), p.9

At West Melton School our curriculum encourages students to reflect on their learning process and to learn how to learn.
“The curriculum acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand.  All students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of te reo Maori me ona tikanga.”
The New Zealand Curriculum
Ministry of Education (2007), p.9

At West Melton School we acknowledge the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, by providing students with opportunities to acquire knowledge of te reo Maori me ona tikanga (The Maori Language and its Customs).
3. Treaty of Waitangi
4. Cultural Diversity
“The curriculum reflects New Zealand’s cultural diversity and values the histories and traditions of all its people.”
The New Zealand Curriculum

Ministry of Education (2007), p.9

At West Melton School, we celebrate cultural diversity and value our history and traditions.
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5. Inclusion
"The curriculum is non-sexist, non-racist, and non-discriminatory; it ensures that students’ identities, languages, abilities, and talents are recognised and affirmed and that their learning needs are addressed.”
The New Zealand Curriculum

Ministry of Education (2007), p.9

At West Melton School we provide our students with an inclusive learning environment that ensures that each student’s language, cultural, physical and learning needs are addressed and met.
6. Community Engagement
“The curriculum has meaning for students, connects with their wider lives, and engages the support of their families, whanau, and communities.”
The New Zealand Curriculum
Ministry of Education (2007), p.9

At West Melton School we engage our students, their families and members of the wider community in our teaching and learning programmes.
7. Coherence
"The curriculum offers all students a broad education that makes links within and across learning areas, provides for coherent transitions, and opens pathways to further learning.”
The New Zealand Curriculum

Ministry of Education (207), p.9

At West Melton School our curriculum ensures learning is linked, relevant to the learner, builds on prior learning and opens up pathways to further learning.
The Ministry of Education has given schools a clear set of Principles on which to base curriculum decision making

There are eight Principles that underpin all school decision making so that:

Students-
Are at the centre of teaching and learning
Experience a curriculum that engages and challenges them

The curriculum-
Is forward looking and inclusive
Affirms New Zealand’s unique identity

The eight principles are-

1. High Expectations
2. Learning to Learn
3. Treaty of Waitangi
4. Cultural Diversity
5. Inclusion
6. Community Engagement
7. Coherence
8. Future Focus
8. Future Focus
“The curriculum encourages students to look to the future by exploring such significant future-focused issues as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise, and globalisation.”
The New Zealand Curriculum
Ministry of Education (207), p.9

At West Melton School we provide opportunities for our students to look to the future by exploring such significant future-focused issues as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise, and globalisation.