Selwyn School - The Spring of Hope - Te Puna o Nga Tumanako

Kia ora and welcome to Selwyn School - Te Kura o Herewini.

My name is Peter Barker and I can proudly say that I am the Principal of this fine school. We are a community based, Decile 2e school, located in Selwyn Heights, Rotorua. Our dual medium school offers classes in English and total immersion Maori and is underpinned by our vision..... Together we are Responsible, Respectful and Right Into Learning

High expectations for learning exist and we enjoy celebrating our student's successes. 2017 sees us further developing our Future Focused Learning' approaches. This is about equipping our learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding for their future, not ours! Collaborating to create and share is central to this. Learning for our older students is in a 1:1 Chromebook environment. Our younger learners are supported with pods of iPads.

In an exciting development, 2017 will see three collaborative learning spaces commence. Te Koru - new life Learning Space will be home for our New Entrants and three teachers where the Learning Through Play kaupapa will develop. Te Whanaketanga - time to flourish, is our Year 4-6 Future Focused Learning Space for multiple students and three teachers. Te Matapuna - the source, will see a whanau-based learning space for all Level 1 Maori Immersion students. 

In 2014 The Education Review Office endorsed our focus on the learning and well-being of our students. Our priorities, as a school are simple - reading, writing and maths are key foundation areas of learning and ones that we prioritise. In response to our annual Community Survey (88% response rate in 2016), all of our students are engaged in structured and meaningful physical activity daily. Sport is of great importance to us and our students excel in local and regional competitions. Our kapahaka group is highly regarded. All students participate in waiata and haka and a place in our performance group is keenly sought.

Selwyn School is a school on the move where students are supported and nurtured in a whanau atmosphere. Many of our whanau have historical links with our school spanning the 51 years that we have been in operation - welcome to our kura.

Peter Barker MEd (UTAS)