Never Give Up!
We encourage children to take responsibility for their own learning, persevere if things get difficult, and never give up. At school assemblies during the year, we recognise children who are modeling values of perseverance, kindness, respect. At the end of each term, there is a special principal’s morning tea for children who have modeled these values.
Each week we award a Principal’s Award for making positive choices. During morning tea and lunchtime duty teachers give tokens to students that they see demonstrating positive behaviour, helping others, picking up litter etc. Each week our principal, Ms Johnston, draws one of these tokens at random and that student is awarded with a ‘Principal’s Award’ pencil and gets to host Geoffrey the Owl in their classroom for a week.
Anchorage Park School has a focus on sustainability. Interested children can join the dedicated environmental team, who are responsible for composting, worm farms and recycling and maintaining our bird feeders, weta enclosures, a lizard garden, and insect hotels.
Each class has a dedicated edible garden that they nurture and grow.
Through our waste-wise policy, our vegetable garden, and our worm farm, we teach children to observe and value our environment.
In July 2018 we became a ‘TREEmendous School, with the creation of an outdoor learning environment, which includes a native wetland, bird feeders, weta enclosures, a lizard garden, and insect hotels. This area gives the children amazing opportunities to engage with and learn about the natural world, as well as providing the opportunity for teachers to take their teaching outdoors.
We couldn't have completed our fabulous TREEmendous project without the help of our amazing sponsors including Howick Local Board, Southern Trust and Pub Charity Limited.
We are part of the ‘Travelwise’ programme, that focuses on encouraging active transport to and from school.
Digital Technologies Focus
Anchorage Park School boosts a variety of devices in every classroom, including iPads, MacBooks and Chromebooks. The use of these is woven through our classroom activities.
Digital Technologies enrichment opportunities are regularly offered to students, as well as our Digital Leaders Club held at lunchtimes.
Digital Leaders Club
To ensure that students gain maximum benefit from the Digital Leaders Club, we keep numbers limited. Open to students in Years 3-6, children may nominate themselves to join and are added to the waiting list until a space becomes available.
We are lucky to have the renowned Mrs Field on staff. She is well respected within the science community. Her passion for engaging experiments helps to boost the children’s interest in science. Mrs Field runs the STEM club and is the driving force behind our Treemendous Makeover outdoor learning environment.
Physical Education And Sports
We provide many opportunities to learn a range of sporting skills and to participate in inter-school tournaments; Auckland Rugby League, cricket coaching, YouCan2 Fun & Fit, netball, basketball, swimming softball, soccer, athletics, cross country and gymnastics.
To join a sports team, children can nominate themselves and then the coach will select the most appropriate players for each tournament. Practices for these sports teams are held at lunchtimes.
Visual Arts feature prominently in all our class programmes aligning with the New Zealand Curriculum and current learning inquiries.
Mrs Scott is currently our art specialist teacher, working with enrichment groups on Fridays to create art pieces for around the school and to nurture creativity.
We have a buddy reading programme where the younger students read with older students promoting tuakanateina relationships.
Mrs Soutar facilitates our Rocket Reading programme which runs before school with volunteers from the senior school reading alongside our younger readers.
We have a Reading Recovery programme for learners requiring additional help with reading. If your child is suitable for this programme a letter will be sent home to inform their parents.
The Mathematics programme at Anchorage Park School is uniquely diverse to suit the strengths of our teachers and the needs of our learners.
Mrs McCreanor is our Mathematics Specialist Teacher. She works with two groups of children each day who require extra support. She also provides professional development for our teachers to ensure our classroom programmes align with the New Zealand Curriculum and good practice based on research.
Accolades And Achievements
In 2015, Anchorage Park School (in partnership with Anchorage Park Kindergarten) was runner up in the Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards for our transition to school programme. Our transition-to-school programme allows four-year-olds who will be attending Anchorage Park Primary to make several visits to the actual classroom they will eventually join. These visits can commence 1-2 terms before children turn 5, and continue until the child is ready to start school. Please contact the office to enrol your child and organise their transition to school visits.
Anchorage Park School was one of the winners of the 2018 Treemendous Makeover competition, a joint initiative between Project Crimson and The Mazda Foundation, developing outdoor classrooms to teach children about the importance of caring for the environment.
STEM CLUB (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
The STEM club is open to all year levels and students nominate themselves to be considered for the group. The groups meets weekly at lunchtimes with Mrs Field. The focus is based on the interests and passions of the students relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In 2017 the STEM club made a successful application to Project Crimson to create a “Treemendous” outdoor learning environment at Anchorage Park School.
We have two kapa haka groups. Our senior group proudly represents Anchorage Park school in competitions, while the focus of the junior group is learning songs, having fun, and increasing confidence performing by at assemblies. Our Kapa Haka group is organised by Mrs Soutar and whānau are encouraged to assist.
Our enviro team is made up of students from every class and led by Mrs Govender. Some of the projects the Enviro team are involved in include; Trees for Survival, composting and caring for our worm farm. Other projects are in the planning stage.
To join the enviro team students need to let their teacher know they are interested and then teachers select their class representative.
After-School And Holiday Care
sKids (Safe Kids In Daily Supervision) operates after-school and holiday care on-site in the school hall. Care can be arranged for long or short term periods, weekly, specific days or emergency ‘one off’ occasions. For more information, please visit the sKids website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Enrolment forms are available from the school office.
Run with the help of volunteers, on Friday mornings from 8:15 until 8:45am. We serve a breakfast in the school hall. All children welcome. Contact the office if you would like to help.