Our school is guided by the principles, values, and key competencies outlined in the New Zealand Curriculum. In accordance with these guidelines, we have designed implementation plans across the eight essential learning areas - also specified in the New Zealand Curriculum - which are as follows;
· Science Social
· Mathematics and Statistics
· Health and Physical Education
· The Arts
· Learning Languages
The core values outlined in this prospectus reflect those stated in the New Zealand Curriculum. These values are deeply held beliefs about what our school community feels are both important and desirable. These values enable us to thrive together in the diverse, democratic society that is twenty-first century New Zealand.
The key competencies, many of which are reflected in our 'Five Keys to School Success', are the capabilities people need in order to live, learn, work, and contribute as active members of their communities. These competencies develop over time, and are shaped by interactions with people, places, ideas, and things. The New Zealand Curriculum identifies the five key areas for development as:
· Managing Self
· Relating to Others
· Participating and Contributing
· Using Language, Symbols and Texts
Students at this school are challenged to develop their competencies in contexts that are increasingly wide-ranging and complex.
At Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School, we place great importance on our past, our present, and our future. We believe that our motto and our crest honour where we have come from, celebrate where we are now, and welcome where we are headed.
Our school motto is ‘Haere Ake Ra’, meaning; ‘Always Upwards’. This motto was suggested by historian James Cowan in 1940, and is worn by our school with pride.