Mangonui School Curriculum Principles aligned with NZC Principles

Requirement: The school’s curriculum is underpinned by and consistent with the principles on page 9, NZC

Principles are the qualities that underpin curriculum design and action


Curriculum practice throughout our school is underpinned by and consistent with the NZC through performing the following actions.

Mangonui School

The Curriculum Principles are evident when the following is seen in our practice


The curriculum supports and empowers all students to learn and achieve personal excellence, regardless of their individual circumstances.

High Expectations

  • we know our learners as people
  • our learners successes are celebrated
  • we inquire into our practice and seek feedback from our learners
  • we hold high expectations, that are well scaffolded for our learners

The curriculum encourages all students to reflect on their own learning processes and how to learn

Learning to Learn

  • is an active intentional process that needs to be specifically taught
  • belief in one‘s own efficacy
  • teachers are no longer the main source of information

The curriculum acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the bi-cultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand. All students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of te reo Maori me one tikanga.

Treaty of Waitangi

  • Authentic, genuine relationships with whanau including strong connections are built with whanau
  • Te Reo Maori will be given status and be integrated in every curriculum area
  • A meaningful inclusion of tikanga Maori will be integrated into the culture and life of the school
  • We are aware of what our iwi (muriwhenua) hold as aspirations for their tamariki

The curriculum reflects New Zealand’s cultural diversity and values the histories and traditions of all its people

 Cultural Diversity

  • Students are encouraged to research their identity through their pepeha
  • We celebrate an international language week each year
  • We encourage a strong relationship with our families to support our understanding of their cultures

The curriculum is non-sexist, and non-discriminatory; it ensures that students’ identities, languages, abilities and talents are recognised and affirmed and that their learning needs are addressed.


  • Valuing all students and celebrating success at all levels
  • Our kura provides opportunities for everyone to participate, we remove barriers.
  • Access to specialist teachers
  • We have a lot to learn from children with special needs

The 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.


  • We provide a trusted safe environment that supports all learners, building on their talents and strengths

The curriculum encourages students to look to the future by exploring such significant future-focussed issues as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise, and globalisation

Future Focussed

  • Personalised learning, the system is built around the learner
  • Culture of continuous learning, through collaborative inquiry
  • Creating new kinds of partnership

The curriculum has meaning for students, connects with their wider lives, and engages the support of their families, whanau, and communities.

Community Engagement   

  • We listen to our community and to what is important to them