Our Philosophy

Celebrating Diversity - Te Whakanui i te Rereketanga

We are committed to upholding the Te Tiriti O Waitangi through partnership, participation and protection.  These principles are inter-woven within our values and our everyday teaching (Tangata Whenuatanga).

We believe that in today’s New Zealand Te Tiriti O Waitangi extends beyond Māori to all cultures.  We celebrate and embrace the diversity this brings.

Respect and Nurture - Te Whakaute me te Atawhai                                                                             

When treated with love, respect, and understanding, children develop a sense of belonging and feel safe and secure to explore their environment (manaakitanga and whanaungatanga).  Children’s wellbeing is nurtured, and they are given support and guidance to build their resilience, emotions, communication, independence and empathy.  Children are empowered and supported to nurture and be responsible for their younger peers though tuakana/teina relationships.

It takes a Community to Raise a Child - Ka Whakamahia e te Hapori Tetahi Tamaiti

Relationships are everything to us.  We build strong reciprocal relationships with our families/whānau, schools, and other agencies, and work in partnership to ensure a holistic approach to learning is achieved (wānanga).

Children develop warm loving relationships with their teachers and are given consistent expectations and boundaries. This supports and enhances their developing social skills, communication and friendships. (whanaungatanga )

Nurturing Inquiring Minds – Te Poipoi i nga Hinengaro uiui

Here at Active Explorers Leeston we believe an inquiry approach to learning supports the necessary dispositional life skills children need to flourish. We use the environment as the third teacher and together with teachers scaffolding children’s learning, enhances curiosity, problem solving, decision-making, working theories, and self-expression (ako). The natural world is full of wonder!  Children are capable learners who are encouraged to enjoy, take risks, investigate and care for our spacious environment.

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