Learning Values

Our Vision for our students
At the end of the junior school children:
  • Will be safe, happy and confident and show empathy and respect towards others (Belonging to a Special Place)
  • Will take an active role and express/show/develop a love of learning (Promoting Learning and Achievement)
  • Will be able to express ideas with creativity and confidence (Embracing Individuality)
  • Will demonstrate social skills such as fair play, sharing and co-operation (Encouraging Respect)
  • Will be responsible for belongings, the environment, actions towards others and learning (Promoting Respect for Our Special Place)
  • Will use initiative, take risks and show perseverance in all areas (Preparing Our Children for Their Future)
At the end of the middle school children:
  • Will feel safe and happy so they can develop a love of learning, will be fair, respectful and encouraging of others, and know the value and importance of friendship (Belonging to a Special Place)
  • Will be enthusiastic about and engaged in learning and have high expectations of themselves as learners (Promoting Learning and Achievement)
  • Will express themselves with confidence and originality (Embracing Individuality)
  • Will be responsible and contributing members of a community of learners (Encouraging Respect)
  • Will be aware and active in protecting and sustaining our environment (Promoting Respect for Our Special Place)
  • Will experience a balanced curriculum to ensure achievement to their full potential (Preparing Our Children for Their Future)
At the end of the senior school children:
  • Will feel happy and secure in themselves and be able to reach out to others effectively with the decisions that they make in their personal relationships (Belonging to a Special Place)
  • Will take responsibility for their own learning pursuing all round excellence (Promoting Learning and Achievement)
  • Will be innovative thinkers, able to take risks and persevere, rising to the challenge (Embracing Individuality)
  • Will be responsible citizens who are respectful, tolerant, empathetic leaders and role models (Encouraging Respect)
  • Will act responsibly towards the environment (Promoting Respect for Our Special Place)
  • Will have experienced a wide variety of learning opportunities catering for individual interests, abilities and strengths (Preparing Our Children for Their Future)

Our values & the things we value, underpin our school culture and philosophy. They influence our decision making and are expressed in the ways we think and act. These values along with the Learning Areas, and Key Competencies complement the New Zealand and Bayfield Curriculum. 

  • For Self – personal pride, integrity
  • For Others – show courtesy, understand that all people think, feel and act differently
  • For the Environment - care and sustainability
  • For our own learning
  • For our own actions and our actions towards others
  • To be a good role model and leader
  • Aiming high
  • Achieving personal goals
  • Celebrating successes in academic, music, visual & performing arts and sporting areas
  • Persevering through difficulties
We also value Diversity

Our Principles
Each Board of Trustees through the principal and staff is required to develop and implement a curriculum underpinned by the principles of the New Zealand Curriculum (Page 44 NZ Curriculum)

High Expectations & Excellence
At Bayfield School we have high expectations for all students to do their best.   The culture of the school is one where excellence is encouraged, valued and celebrated.

Treaty of Waitangi

Bayfield School recognises the unique position of Maori and the values in New Zealand society.  The school acknowledges that it must strive for partnership as a commitment to The Treaty of Waitangi through building relationships through consultation with the Maori Community. 

Te Reo and Tikanga Maori is made available for all children to participate in and Kapa Haka group instruction is available for middle and senior school children. 

The progress of Maori children, particularly (but not only) in literacy and numeracy is monitored and information is made available to the Board of Trustees as part of the review process.

Cultural Diversity
Our curriculum reflects New Zealand’s cultural diversity and it’s histories and traditions of its people.

We believe every child can learn and that they bring to school their own individual needs, talents and cultural identity which we share and celebrate. Our school has strong intervention, enrichment and extension programmes.  Within each class differentiated learning approaches are planned for and utilised.

Learning to Learn
We establish environments that foster learning conversations, encouraging children to self evaluate, set goals and know the next step in their learning. Learning how to learn underpins our pedagogy.

Community Engagement
Our parents, caregivers and members of the wider community are actively involved in the daily life of Bayfield School.  They are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of ways, bringing their talents and enthusiasm to support our children’s learning. 

Our curriculum offers all students a broad education that makes links within and across learning areas, provides for coherent transitions and opens up pathways to further learning. 

Future Focus
Bayfield School’s vision is “To Prepare Our Students for Their Future” – our students will be able to think critically, solve problems, communicate, collaborate, use technologies and be globally competent.

Key Competencies

The Key Competencies underpin our school culture and philosophy.  They influence our decision making and are expressed in the ways we think and act. Along with the Learning Areas, and Values they contribute to Powerful Learning. 

  • Being a reflective critical thinker open to new learning
  • Knowing what to do, when you don’t know what to do
  • Asking questions and challenging assumptions to think differently about ideas and information
  • Able to take risks and persevere
Language, Symbols and Texts
  • Can interpret and use words, numbers, images, movement, metaphor and technologies in a range of contexts
  • Use ICT confidently to communicate and access information
Managing Self
  • Able to set personal goals, make plans and have high personal standards
  • Show resilience and have strategies to meet challenges
  • Be reliable, responsible and independent
Relating to Others
  • Interact effectively with a diverse range of people in a variety of contexts
  • Demonstrate social skills such as fair play, sharing and cooperation
  • Creating opportunities to include others
  • Able to listen actively, recognise different points of view, negotiate and share ideas
  • Knowing when it is appropriate to compete and when it is appropriate to cooperate
Participating and Contributing
  • Contributing and participating in local, national and global communities
  • Being a good citizen at school and beyond
  • Having a go at new experiences and roles, and seeing them through