In Ahuriri we aim to provide programmes that build on the Early Childhood Te Whariki Curriculum. We focus on developing foundation skills in literacy and numeracy while encouraging the children to develop the skills they will need to be successful lifelong learners.

  • Run a play based learning programme – promoting creative and critical thinking, resilience, language skills, and self-motivated learners.
  • Develop ‘Growth Mindset’ beliefs within our learners.
  • Promote the Halswell School Values of Whanaungatanga, Kaitiakitanga, Kotahitanga, Manawanuitanga and Manaakitanga.
  • Complete tests in the first few weeks in reading, writing and numeracy in order to plan appropriate learning programmes.
  • Invite you in for an interview after about 6 weeks to discuss your child’s start to school and how you can help at home.
  • Have an open door policy and see communication between home and school as an integral part of your child’s learning.
  • Offer a daily reading programme with groups based on the children’s current learning needs.
  • Run a writing and phonics programme based on children’s learning goals.
  • Provide a mathematics programme based on problem-solving.
  • Integrate Information Technology across all subject areas.
  • Support children with a wide range of enrichment and extension programmes.
  • Acknowledge New Zealand’s bicultural heritage by integrating tikanga and Te Reo into our learning programmes and by providing regular Whānau Afternoons.
  • Run a varied Physical Education programme, which include ball skills, swimming, Run, Jump & Throw and PMP (perceptual motor programme).
  • Value the arts – we encourage children to explore their creativity through dance, drama and visual arts.
  • Participate in a range of learning experiences outside the classroom.

Aruhiri is one learning studio (T1, T2 and T3 later in the year).