Schools play a crucial role in developing the character and values of their students. Having explicit values helps us create a positive learning environment while instilling essential life skills and ethical principles in our students. By promoting values such as honesty, integrity, respect, empathy, and responsibility, we contribute to the moral and ethical development of our students, helping them become responsible and compassionate members of society.
Clearly defined values create a positive school climate that promotes inclusivity, respect, and a sense of belonging for all students and staff.
Schools have a responsibility to educate the whole person, beyond academic knowledge. Values help our students develop character traits, such as resilience, leadership, and critical thinking, that are essential for navigating challenges, making ethical decisions, and contributing positively to their communities. By promoting values like social justice, environmental stewardship, and community service, we inspire students to become responsible citizens who are aware of their roles and responsibilities in society.
Because of the importance of values at school, Kaipara College recently developed the following set of enduring, strong values which will serve as a compass, guiding students in their personal growth, character development, and ethical decision-making. This will contribute to the overall well-being of our students and the creation of a positive and inclusive learning environment. It will also enable the students of Kaipara College to take their place as curious, connected, contributing citizens in their community, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the world Kaipara College School Values: Te WAKA o Kaipara
Whanaungatanga - Our People
We believe that strong relationships are vital to learning. We develop genuine connections with students, wh.nau, staff, and our wider community. We come together and share experiences, celebrate diversity, and foster family-like bonds by being intentional and inclusive. These bonds of whanaungatanga create for us a sense of belonging at Kaipara College.
Aroha - Our Way
We approach all interactions with kindness, caring and empathy. We have high expectations of others, and ensure that their mana is maintained with each warm and demanding encounter. We are accountable and responsible for our actions. We show respect for others, their cultures, their beliefs, and we act with integrity and humility.
Kaitiakitanga - Our Place
We take care of our learning environments, and are considerate in both natural and virtual spaces.
We protect peoplefs right to education, while understanding that some knowledge is a privilege to have, that we must care for with respect and gratitude. We look after our school, we look after the environment, and we look after each other.
Angitutanga - Our Success
We aspire to reach personal excellence in all we do. We value creative and innovative ideas, and solutions. We set challenging goals that motivate us as we strive toward success. We expect that our people will achieve, and we enjoy celebrating our accomplishments.