Welcome to Mt Pleasant School

KIA ORA KOUTOU…

Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Your most treasured possession is about to take a BIG step in their life and you want to make sure they are nurtured, enriched and inspired throughout their schooling years. The decision is even bigger if it is your first or only child entering schooling for the first time.

Our teachers strive to form strong relationships with their students. As the research tells us… this is the platform to learning and makes the greatest difference. This is easy to say… but far more complex to achieve. Our teachers need to be seen as ‘human’ and modelling the Learner Profile attributes; to share their lives and show a deep interest in the lives of their students. From beyond the front gate, students should feel the family spirit. Contemplating master planning and environment changes, we place a high value on maintaining a ‘welcoming environment’ as they enter the school from any direction.

We work very hard to ensure our students and parents feel welcome and supported within the school. Part of this is the level of communication and openness that exists here. You are always welcome to visit and take part in your child’s education. If you have a question… we will answer it. If you want to know more… we will tell you what we know.

In 2013, we became a Candidate School for, and began implementing, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). We deliver the NZ Curriculum through this framework. At the heart of Mt Pleasant School is the Learner Profile that defines the attributes and values we want our students to develop over their eight years at Mt Pleasant. We want our students to be:

INQUIRERS – KNOWLEDGEABLE – THINKERS – COMMUNICATORS – PRINCIPLED – OPEN MINDED –

CARING – RISK-TAKERS – BALANCED – REFLECTIVE

“The aim of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.” (Making the PYP Happen)

Of course, our greatest asset is our staff. We strive to create an environment where they feel valued and uplifted both professionally and personally. We provide high-quality professional learning and an environment where risk-taking and innovation are encouraged. We promote and provide for a collaborative planning environment where teachers give quality professional support and commitment to students as they pursue their learning and goals. In doing so, the school seeks to engage the students in learning in its broadest context as it attempts to connect students to the wider and global community.

As part of this, we see the future direction involving the provision of more flexible work spaces for staff to further open up the collaborative opportunities both in an informal and formal environment. We also want to promote work-life balance… meaning we want to provide facilities where staff can also be active and have the appropriate facilities to do so.

While we would love to enrol every child who wants to come to Mt Pleasant School, we do have an Enrolment Scheme (zoning) for our school. This means that all students living inside our “Home Zone” can attend Mt Pleasant School. Unfortunately, it therefore means that students living outside of our zone can only attend if there is a space available. This system is run by a “ballot” system with different priority levels for “out of zone” students and strict Ministry of Education guidelines governing this process. Please indicate whether you are in or out of zone on the enrolment form. If you are in zone please complete the attached questionnaire and sign the confirmation of address form. Although this may seem cumbersome, it is necessary for us to ensure our enrolment process is fair, clear and transparent and meets Ministry of

Education guidelines. If you are out of zone and we have space available in the term your child is due to start, you will be contacted to outline the process involved. Depending on numbers of out of zone students, you will either have direct entry or be placed in a ballot.

We look forward to possibly having your children as a part of our team.  We are sure you will gain a sense of the Mt Pleasant MAGIC.