Principal’s korero

Ruawai Aspirational Profile_A4 poster

Nau mai haere mai ki te kura o Ruawai Primary.

Tēnā koutou, Talofa, Kamusta ka yung lahat, Namastē, Hallo

On behalf of staff and Board of Trustees, I extend a warm welcome to you and your whānau to Ruawai Primary.

Ruawai Primary is on a mission – Whakamana akoranga – Empowering learning.  We strive to provide a curriculum that values all cultures and is centred around each of our learner’s passions and interests.  Ruawai Primary offers small class sizes, five teacher aides, a ratio of 1:1 ICT devices, innovative learning programmes and a desire to ensure accelerated progress for those learners who need it.

Our school and community aspire to develop and nurture INDIVIDUAL learners who are ENGAGED, CONNECTED and EVER-GROWING.  We understand that the world is changing at such a rapid rate that it is very hard to predict what skills and characteristics our learners will need by the time they enter the workforce.  Through community consultation and analysis of current research we have developed a brand new Vision / Aspirational Profile that sets out a clear set of indicators that we believe will provide our learners with the skills and characteristics to thrive in the future.  Our job is to now develop a curriculum that achieves this.  We are currently developing a play-based curriculum that encourages our junior learners to be problem solvers, innovators, collaborators, kaitiaki, curious and inquisitive.  In the senior school we are currently developing a curriculum that requires our learners to be self-managing, digitally fluent, inclusive and adaptable.  We still believe that literacy and numeracy are the most important skills but we want to achieve this by creating a framework that nurtures and grows the learner as a whole.

The keystones to everything we do at Ruawai Primary is based on our three values;


We embed these values through our challenging, personalised and inquiry based curriculum.  We firmly believe and encourage our learners to be brave and to be prepared to make mistakes along their learning journey.  We have two mottos – ‘Mistakes are proof that you are trying‘ and ‘You have to go through HARD to get to EASY“.  We believe that Resilience is a vital characteristic that our learners will need to succeed in this ever-changing and challenging world.

Ruawai Primary continues to strive for success, equity and excellence in all areas of our school’s curriculum, making it an exciting and empowering place to be.  We strongly value and Respect the importance of facilitating the development of Te reo Māori by providing instructional teaching time, kapa haka groups, whole-school waiata and embedding a kaupapa where Te reo Māori is part of our day-to-day practice.

We are focused on nurturing our learner’s enjoyment of life and learning. We have a broad curriculum that includes the arts, sport, science and a strong focus on literacy and numeracy. We provide a discovery/passion based learning programme for our juniors and personalised learning programmes for our seniors. We have a club’s programme once a week (during term 2 & 3) that covers a variety of curriculum areas and further provides opportunities to nurture children’s passions and talents. Inquiry Learning has a firm place in our school curriculum contributing to the development of Responsible, self-directed and self-managing learners.

We are commited to being responsive to each child’s learning needs and aspirations.

We belong to our community and that is why we have such a high level of community engagement which is a major factor to our success.

Ngā mihi nui

Curtis Gaylor

Principal / Tumuaki



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