How We Learn

AS ONE OF AUCKLAND’S OLDEST SCHOOLS, WE HAVE BEEN EDUCATING CHILDREN FOR 165 YEARS AND WE ARE PROUD TO BE ON THE FOREFRONT OF MODERN TEACHING TECHNIQUES.

Reaching Potential

Our collaboration with other schools and organisations as part of the Manaiakalani cluster, Kiwi Sport cluster provides opportunities for our pupils to develop and reach their potential through academic, cultural and sporting endeavours.

Manaiakalani

We are part of Manaiakalani, an education programme achieving significant improvement in student achievement outcomes for 12 schools in the Auckland suburbs of Glen Innes, Pt England and Panmure. By offering students full digital citizenship, the Manaiakalani Programme is not only achieving improved educational results, but also realising the potential for enhanced employment and life outcomes for our students.

To make digital citizens of our students and their whānau, we enable them to access their learning anywhere, anytime and at any pace. We do this by providing access to a personalised netbook and wireless internet access at home and school and by supporting Manaiakalani teachers in their continuing pedagogical innovation.

From Year 5, St Patrick’s pupils own their own netbook.

Cybersmart

Our CyberSmart programme is an important part of our curriculum and goes hand-in-hand with our approach to learning and our commitment to Special Character.

We teach our students to take responsibility for their safety online with a comprehensive curriculum addressing what it means to be smart online and we also have resources to inform ‘Smart Parents’ who can support positive online behaviour.

CyberSmart education starts in Year 1.

Sport

Our children participate in a wide range of sport.
A full-time sports coordinator funded by Sport Auckland organises a wide range of sports activities for our children.  Through this activity our children often get involved with club sport and after school activities.  In recent years, students have had the opportunity to participate in:

  • Golf
  • Skateboarding
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Dance
  • Orienteering
  • Get, Set Go (Movement skills)
  • Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Taekwondo.

Special Programmes

To complement our academic programme we run a series of special programmes to ensure our pupils reach their full potential:

  • Remedial groups for individuals
  • Extension group
  • English as a second language
  • Reading assistance
  • Language development.

Health & Safety

Keeping our students safe and healthy is always a priority and we promote ways to build their resilience through the following programmes:

  • Positive Behaviour programme
  • Cool Schools mediation programme
  • Keeping Ourselves Safe programme
  • Public Health Nurses visit regularly
  • School Social Worker
  • Year 7 and 8 pupils organise and participate in Senior Outdoor Adventure Activity Days
  • CyberSmart programme.

Culture

Te Reo and Tikanga are integrated into all subject areas at St Patrick’s School. Across the learning strands, students have opportunities to learn about  the rich and diverse cultures of our school family and use this understanding to deepen their learning.

In addition, each year we explore a range of activities with our students.

  • Senior pupils participate in the World Vision Kids for Kids Concert
  • We have cultural and educational presentations by visiting groups
  • Class trips to enhance learning.
  • Use of digital technologies to communicate and learn from experts.

Class Blogs

EVERY CLASS AT ST PATRICK’S SCHOOL HAS A BLOG, WHICH YOU CAN VIEW HERE.

In each of the above class blogs, you will find links to our children’s individual blogs.