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Philosophy - Rapunga Whakaaro

Children’s wellbeing is our priority and we achieve this through providing a nurturing and engaging environment.
We work together in partnership with whanau to promote responsive, reciprocal relationships as we believe this is the foundation for learning.
The natural environment is an important part of our curriculum. We enjoy the outdoors in all weather allowing children opportunities to explore, challenge themselves, take risks and learn to connect and care for our environment.
We nurture global citizens who respectfully walk the earth, mindful of the footprint they leave behind.

Te Kaupapa

We believe in fostering an environment which:

  • Embraces a key teacher framework for developing authentic, trusting, reciprocal relationships between kaiako, tamariki and whanau.
  • Encourages children to take risks, challenge themselves and build social competence in an environment where their interests and strengths are valued.
  • Respects and accepts diverse cultures and individuality.
  • Inspires tamariki to walk softly on the earth and connect with the environment.

We aspire to the concept of manaakitanga (care and hospitality) by creating a homely feel, where all are welcomed and valued. We believe this is fundamental for developing a respectful community of learners who appreciate and care for each other.

We recognize M‚ori as tangata whenua and acknowledge the Te Tiriti of Waitangi through protection, participation and partnership. We respectfully embrace Te Reo M‚ori and Tikanga M‚ori. We weave the concept of Turangawaewae (localized curriculum) throughout our planning to ensure the best outcomes for M‚ori to develop a strong sense of identity. Through this concept we also embrace diverse cultures and individuality.

We acknowledge our purpose as a community based centre and recognize the absolute need to work collaboratively, establishing reciprocal relationships and partnerships with whanau. Throughout our teaching and learning programme we weave aspirations of our whanau.

We are mindful of children’s mana and at the same time empower children to develop whakamana (prestige) by challenging themselves, taking risks and building resilience.

We treasure tuakana-teina relationship (older and younger learning together) and weave through our philosophy and practice the concept of ‘Ako’. Ako recognizes the reciprocal nature of all learning and enables teachers to build caring and inclusive learning communities where each person feels that their contribution is valued and that they can participate to their full potential. (MoE)

Our philosophy and kaupapa is reviewed yearly during our teacher only day. We align our values, strategic direction, parent aspirations and teacher philosophies to develop a statement we embrace and weave into everything we do here at Stepping Stones.

January 2020