Children shine academically when they are happy. Every aspect of life at Carncot is aimed at nurturing individual potential through a differentiated curriculum, with extension or support as required. We offer children a wide range of academic challenges and competitions to make the learning fun and rewarding. The results are amazing and really do speak for themselves.
We love to see children thriving on the field as well as in the classroom, so we actively encourage participation in sport. Our sporting achievements belie the fact that we are one of the smaller schools in our region. Our students consistently win places in representative teams, we are the only school to offer gymnastics badges and our swimming results are at the top of the national scale. Students are coached by representative players as well as committed parents.
Outside the classroom, you will see Carncot children taking part in a host of different activities. It’s something we actively encourage and we invite children to share their experiences with their peers in the classroom and their family at home. The craft, garden, ICT, maths, gymnastics, drama, dance and science investigators clubs all offer the opportunity to enrich and extend our students’ lives. Everyone has the opportunity to take part and sometimes students rotate their activities in order to sample as many experiences as possible. All classes are taken on a camp each year and regularly participate in an ‘education outside the classroom’ programme. Throughout the year, children also enjoy field trips and the speakers who are regularly invited to the school.
We find that our international students settle quickly into Carncot’s multinational community. Eleven different ethnicities are represented in the school, giving us a colourful multicultural feel. While we are growing our profile within the international community, the students themselves enjoy exactly the same opportunities as our New Zealand students. This includes leadership positions in the intermediate school, membership of sports and cultural teams, and positions on committees.
Our ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) teacher, Helen Thomson, quickly forms a professional yet fun relationship with our international students. When the full diagnostic testing is complete, Helen works with the classroom teacher to plan and regularly review suitable academic programmes and pastoral support.
Carncot School has been a key part of the Palmerston North community for well over a hundred years. We have seen many changes, but we have always remained steadfast to our principles of respect, responsibility, honesty, integrity and caring. Every aspect of life at Carncot is aimed at nurturing the individual potential in each child, whether academic, sporting, cultural or social. This has been our ethos and a successful recipe for many years. Our goal, as always, is to strive for excellence in everything we do.