At Stanley Bay we believe our children learn best in an environment where they feel safe, secure and valued as an individual. By developing positive relationships with adults and their peers students will develop self awareness and a strong sense of self worth.
Stanley Bay provides a curriculum that is personalised, integrated and future focused.
Personalised learning recognises the unique and different ways in which everyone learns. At Stanley Bay students take responsibility for their own learning, taking ownership and setting goals. They understand what they are learning and why and they play an active role in constructing the curriculum and learning environment.
Our curriculum is integrated. Each term has an inquiry focus into which the traditional subjects are woven. Research shows that the best learning takes place when students make authentic connections to and between what they are learning. All areas of the curriculum are enhanced by specifically designed programmes where the STEAM subjects of technology, science and the arts are the driving themes.
At Stanley Bay we provide a curriculum that is designed to best suit the needs of the modern student. The current generation are growing up into a future that is uncertain, unpredictable and different from the one we grew into. We can not manage knowledge and in the modern world the ability to acquire and analyse information is more important than being able to recall it. To best meet the needs of our students all of our units of inquiry are concept and skills based. Units of inquiry will focus on a concept such as change or function rather than predefined historical or scientific knowledge. Students will use and learn skills such as social, thinking and research developing new knowledge along the way. Our future focused curriculum is student centred, promotes student agency, encourages problem solving and develops 21st century skills.
By the end of their time at Stanley Bay School we want our students to demonstrate the attributes of our graduate profile – to be connected, to think critically, to show creativity and to be confident. All students at Stanley Bay are encouraged to behaviour in a manner that upholds our values of respect, resilience and integrity. By aiming for this in all students we hope to produce students who are socially responsible with an awareness of their community both local and global.
Teachers at Stanley Bay encourage students to follow their interests, develop new interests and be continually curious – growing into enthusiastic, lifelong learners.
A key part of learning at Stanley Bay is around the development of skills and dispositions. We have four characteristics that we focus on - our 'graduate profile'. We hope that when students leave Stanley Bay they are:
Confident learners: Take risks in their learning. Ask questions and actively seek new knowledge and understanding, they share new ideas, have their own opinion and discuss it with others. They make good decisions about when and why they access digital media
Creative learners: Find new ways to solve a problem and always search for different solutions. They enjoy sharing their learning in new ways and apply existing knowledge to new situations. They are able to use a range of digital devices to enhance their learning
Critical thinkers: Challenge ideas and are comfortable to be challenged. They think about why things happen and the way it affects different groups. They reflect on their learning, set goals and understand there are things they can not do yet. They are able to evaluate the authenticity of learning online
Connected learners: Understand the importance of their actions in the school, community and the wider world. They collaborate with others, share new learning and show the skills of an active listener. They use digital technology appropriately to access and provide information and communicate with others
At different points during the year students will focus on the skills and attributes that will enable them to display these dispositions. By teaching our students to behave in these ways we are helping them develop important 21st century skills and the key competencies laid down in the New Zealand curriculum document.