Macleans Learner

Learning to be

Confident, Self-Managing, Resilient

  • We will foster a happy, supportive and safe environment that encourages the development of confident and responsible individuals.
  • We will guide and support children to work towards achieving their personal best in behaviour, effort, achievement and social relationships.

Learning to Learn 

Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity.                               

  • We will provide quality learning programmes that enable children to become life long learners and achieve personal excellence.
  • We will provide learning experiences, which build on children's previous and current learning and life experience.
  • We will foster learning through a partnership between home, school and the wider community.

Learning to Live Together

Relating to Others, Participating and Contributing, Celebrating Successes

  • We will encourage in children a pride in their own culture and respect for the values and well-being of others.
  • We will provide all children with the opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of Maori language, culture and New Zealand's bicultural heritage.
  • We will provide learning opportunities that foster children's awareness of the world around them and their place in it.

Tikanga Maori and Cultural Diversity

New Zealand’s Cultural Diversity at Macleans Primary School

Children at Macleans Primary School come from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, representing up to thirty cultures in any one year.

Children identifying as Asian form the largest ethnic group, with New Zealand European and other European ethnicities forming the next largest cultural group. A small number of children identify as being part of Maori or Pacific Island descent.

Cultural diversity will be acknowledged and celebrated in the way children, staff and parents acknowledge and respect each other.

Learning experiences that enrich our students' knowledge and understanding of other cultures and our multicultural society will feature throughout the year.

Equality of opportunity will be provided for all children irrespective of their ethnicity. Specific Learning needs of all children (European, Maori, Pacific Island, Asian) will be catered for through classroom programmes, additional learning support and paraprofessional assistance.


The Unique Position of Maori Culture at Macleans Primary School


The unique position of Maori culture will be reflected in classroom programmes by incorporating aspects of Maori language and culture across the curriculum.

The school tikanga Maori programme will be foundational to teaching and learning programmes.

The achievement of Maori students will be monitored as part of the analysis of achievement data for all students and provision made to address disparities.

The Board of Trustees will give careful consideration to financial, personnel and property issues in determining if it is able to provide instruction in Maori language and culture for full-time students whose parents ask for it.