What's happening at Greenacres School
Greenacres School has an awesome Kapa Haka roopu. They get together each week to enhance their waiata, te reo and tikanga Māori. Additionally they represent us with pride at the annual Tawa Kapa Haka Festival, and at pōwhiri and special events.
Each year a Student Council is selected to provide leadership opportunities and additional student voice. Our Student Council is focused on taking action to enhance the school.
They model the RKMCs for others through planning activities that are of benefit to our school and the wider community. An example of a recent project is facilitating Pink Shirt Week where it was reinforced that Greenacres is an Anti Bullying place.
They meet regularly with the 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 IF - Inspiration Friday. This programme provides opportunities for choice and creativity beyond the traditional curriculum.
Students are offered the opportunity to take part in inspirational, small group learning activities of their choice.
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.
IF is also a vehicle for building partnerships with whānau and community members, who are encouraged to share their skills with us.
The Arts and Choir
A showcase of the arts is performed annually by way of the school production or an arts display. This provides an opportunity for our tamariki to share their talents in the visual arts, music, drama and dance.
Keen singers can opt into our choir. Our choir performs beautifully at special events; as well as enjoying singing together regularly.
As a school we regularly get together for singing, and participate in large scale events such as Tawa Goes to Town.
We run a managed network through the Ministry of Education’s 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 the safe, responsible and effective use of digital devices. These are tied into our RKMCs. Students have access to computers to support 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: Kōwhai, Nikau, Pōhutukawa and Kauri. The house groups meet each term, fostering team spirit and allowing the opportunities for tuakana teina with tamariki of all ages learning from each other and having fun.
During these get togethers, tamariki also build up a positive relationship with key kaiako who are assigned to their whānau, 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.