Our Young Learners
The typical Halswell child arrives at school each day ready to learn, and able to manage their own behaviour, therefore taking the maximum advantage of each day’s learning opportunities while ensuring those who they come in contact with are also able to succeed. While at school, they are encouraged to act in a caring, companionate and empathetic manner and challenged to do their own thinking. We are focused on raising student achievement (including social outcomes). We aim to ensure that when our young learners move on from here they are on pathways to actively participate as citizens of the rapidly changing world and to enjoy good health and a high standard of living.
Halswell’s children are encouraged to use their inherited and developed talents to become the best citizens they can, consistently applying themselves to learning, to learn and grow, while developing an inner determination to achieve. If we can help develop a positive attitude to all that we do and all with whom we come in contact with, then we are truly successful. Classrooms are further enriched by the availability of e-learning and a wealth of school-wide resources.
The young learners who attend this school are supported by highly effective teachers, teachers who have high expectations, display a wide range of skills and abilities, can create a learning environment where all young learners feel comfortable and are sure that they can succeed both academically and personally; teachers who act as a guide on the side, who select strategies to match children’s needs. The Board of Trustees, Parent Teacher Association and community, all provide great support to the school, and are committed to our direction and appreciative of our efforts. We appreciate feedback, suggestions and community assistance.
Families and the Community
The children come from homes that are supportive of their endeavours and willing to become active in the learning process. We are culturally enriched by a number of families who have emigrated from overseas. We also host fee paying International children.
Halswell School caters for the full range of primary school aged children, Year 0 to Year 8, who at the time of enrolling either lived in the Halswell community or have a brother or sister who currently or had previously attended this school. Due to having a closed enrolment zone, the majority of our pupils started this school while residing in the Halswell community. This makes this school relatively unique for a large urban school and provides tremendous pride in, and commitment to, a school that has traditional community based values.
Halswell School is on the main Christchurch to Akaroa highway, approximately 7 kms southwest of Christchurch City in a thriving residential community. It is close to a number of contributing kindergartens and is largely zoned for Hillmorton High School. The opening roll is usually close to 600 and annually grows to approximately 670 children.
There is a strong commitment to community inter-action within Halswell. This is a unique feature of this school. The school receives tremendous support from its parents who raise finance, parent help, make equipment, mend library books, assist with camps and sport, run a tuck shop, and supervise road patrol. It is recommended that all parents participate as fully as they are able to within the school. We have a highly effective and enthusiastic Board of Trustees and Parent Teacher Association. Their meetings are advertised in school newsletters with PTA offering a forum for discussion about pertinent and current educational topics. They also have an active fundraising role within our community.
The community values the environment of the school and has embarked on a programme of modernisation and upgrading the planting and landscaping. Three adventure playgrounds have been built and a new hall, and relocated and refurbished the library, using some local community raised funds. The school supports a well attended and highly successful OSCAR (Out of School Care and Recreation) Programme, coordinated by a separate committee and run by trained staff, both before and after school. After hours, foreign language teachers, dance, St John’s, Karate, a model plane group, and the Halswell Cricket Club children use our facilities, as well as a very strong local netball club. In turn the school utilises the facilities that surround it very well. Classes utilise the superb facilities of our nearby Halswell Quarry Park, and Halswell Aquatic Centre, while the Halswell Domain is sometimes used for sport.
Grounds and Facilities
The school covers 2.6 hectares in area and consists of an administration block, 5 permanent learning centres… It has a modern school stadium with an attached performing arts suite, library, resource room, a language room for E.S.O.L. and language enrichment, a sports shed and a number of caretaker’s sheds and other storage areas.
The school grounds consist of numerous asphalt areas, a grassed playing field, mature trees and newly planted native bush environments. There are currently two adventure playgrounds, both designated for a particular age group and…
Teachers and Other Staff Members
The staff comprises a non-teaching Principal and two Deputy Principals, up to 26 class teachers, three office staff and a number of part-time support staff who are involved in supporting enrichment programmes for individual and small groups of children, and in the library. The school employs a music specialist who provides all children with music tuition and teachers with release, reading recovery teachers, a special needs specialist, and an ESOL specialist. A full-time caretaker and caretaking assistants take care of the grounds, buildings and gardens.