Woodlands Park School is a special place. Started in 1958, it is situated in a beautiful, bush-clad valley adjacent to Scenic Drive in the Waitakere Ranges of West Auckland. We work hard to ensure that children have a strong sense of belonging, they feel safe and respected and they love to be here. Woodlands Park School tamariki have a confident voice in their school.
We pride ourselves on being a small school with a big heart. The way in which we uphold each person as an individual, but work together genuinely as a team, is important to parents, children and staff and draws attention from many visitors to the school. The size of our school means that we know all our children well, we uphold their unique strengths and we work in genuine partnership with whanau. Our commitment to creating an inclusive environment for all children is an integral part of who we are.
Positive and supportive relationships among teachers and students are based on mutual respect. It is important to our community that our tamariki are inspired to be the innovators of tomorrow.
Part of our vision is to be recognised as a centre for excellence in education and we are well on the way to being just that. We have achieved a four to five year review status from ERO since this was introduced and stand proudly as one of the founding Green Gold Enviroschools, with a proud tradition of sustainability. Our school acts as a tuakana (mentor) to other schools, supporting them on their own Enviroschools journeys and our children contribute to many community sustainability initiatives.
Woodlands Park School is excited to be a part of the research and development currently underway through Kōtuitui. This collaborative work is already building a deeper understanding of our shared context and strengthening transitions and pathways for individual children along their educational journey.
This is my Woodlands Park in-school Community of Learning team:
Micah's area of research for 2019 is 'Understanding culture and it's impact on Wellbeing for students at Woodlands Park School'.
What does culture mean to the community of Woodlands Park School and how can we further engage student’s with their cultural and family backgrounds? Secondly, what impact does this have on student’s wellbeing?
My inquiry question for 2019 is “How do we know our students are cognitively and emotionally engaged at school?”. In 2018 our school administered the ‘Me As A Learner’ survey to measure how our Year 3-6 students self-perception as learners. We used this tool as an indicator for how engaged our students are. This year I will continue this thread with a focus on cognitive and emotional engagement at school. The Me As A Learner survey will become an annually administered piece of data from which we can measure how engaged out students are on a cognitive and emotional level. Any data from the survey which we identify as having negative outcomes for our students will be addressed along the way.