Kia ora. Welcome.
Winchester School is a contributing primary school of between 330 - 360 pupils. We are located near the Manawatu River on Ruahine Street in Hokowhitu, Palmerston North.
Our school enjoys great support from our community, has a positive school atmosphere and rich cultural diversity. It's a great environment for students to learn, play and develop in.
Winchester School develops Confident, Creative, Connected, Communicators. We have an inquiry process that supports curiosity and allows students to learn through their own questions.
All students take part in modules in which they experience music, digital technology, languages and dance & drama. They also have the opportunity to join specialist dance groups, choir and our kapa haka group called Te Ope Kura.
Our classrooms showcase a variety of learning and a strong feature is art work which is proudly displayed around our school. Our school is well resourced with spacious grounds, turf area and gardens. A range of sporting opportunities are available and well supported by our parents. We have an active PTA and supportive Board of Trustees. All these features make Winchester School the fantastic school that it is.
Our Inquiry Curriculum
To support the outcomes of being Confident, Creative, Connected, Communicators we focus on six main big ideas and take an inquiry approach to explore it. Over 6 years at Winchester School, students would have encountered each of the big ideas at least twice.
At the centre of learning is Learning to Learn - this is when students learn about how they learn best, how their brain works and thinking tools that will assist them with their learning.
We want our students to be naturally curious and to be active researchers. The focus in the first two years of school will be for students to be skilled at asking investigative questions and as they move through the school, to become more and more skilled at finding, using and creating their own knowledge. All students are expected to share their learning and to reflect on what they have learned within the big idea, and also about themselves.