What we offer our students
Greenacres students are offered a daily fitness progamme and wide range of physical education and sporting activities throughout the year including football skills, tennis, gymnastics, cricket and swimming.
Students have the opportunity to compete at Tawa Zone events each year in Cross Country, Swimming and Athletics. Our students regularly represent Greenacres at the Wellington and Regional level.
School netball and hockey teams coached and managed by parents have become a regular feature in winter.
Each year a student council is elected to provide leadership and a student voice across the school.
Our student council models the values of service for others through planning activities that are of benefit to our school, community and the wider world including our annual Green Day!
They meet regularly with our Principal to plan and organise events, share information with learning teams and students and lead as ambassadors for our school.
An important feature of our weekly programmes is Inspiration Friday. This programme provides opportunities for choice and creativity beyond the traditional curriculum. It is also a vehicle for building partnerships with community members, who are encouraged to share their skills with us.
Students are offered the opportunity to take part in inspirational, small group learning activities of their choice.
The activities offered provide a range of engaging and diverse topics that may inspire them to explore interest in this area in the future. The strengths of community members, teachers, specialist teachers and support staff are combined to provide an exciting programme including Science, Digital Technology, Craft, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and much more.
A show case of the arts is performed annually by way of the school production or an arts display. This provides an opportunity for our students to share their talents in the visual arts, music, drama and dance.
Private music lessons are provided by experts visiting the school; please look out for messages about keyboard lessons and guitar lessons in the Newsletters, or ask at the Office. Extension music sessions are also provided with an excellent choir and music group for students who would like to broaden their skills.
As a school we regularly get together for singing, and are fully involved in large scale annual music productions at school and in Tawa including Tawa Goes to Town.
We run a managed network through the Ministry of Educations contracted provider - N4L. All our classrooms have up-to-date technology including short throw projectors in every room and a mixture of iMacs, iPads and chrome books for student use.
The school network has recently been upgraded to take advantage of ultrafast broadband with an excellent wireless system throughout.
Greenacres School has developed a digital citizenship model that educates our students about how to use digital devices safely. Students have access to computers throughout the day to supplement and extend their learning.
Each term we have learning team assemblies that family and whānau are very welcome to attend. Each assembly is hosted by a different learning team and is a great opportunity for our students to share the learning that has been taking place during the term.
At these assemblies RKMCs are awarded to students recognising their demonstration of our school values.
Dates of upcoming learning team assemblies are advertised in the weekly newsletter and can be found on our googlecalendar.
All students and staff are whānau grouped into four houses: Kowhai, Nikau, Pohutukawa, and Kauri. The houses meet each twice a term, fostering house spirit and allowing the students of all ages to have fun and learn together.
During these meetings, the students build up a positive relationship with key staff members assigned to their house, and the staff in turn provide pastoral care for the students. During the year the students strive to be the best they can in all aspects of school life so they can earn house points.