Our Vision & AWHI Learner

School Vision

At Riwaka School, we want all students to develop a lifelong love of learning and have the skills to enable them to confidently and competently paddle their own waka.

Our goal is to develop the child’s full potential so that each is happy and confident in their abilities, are caring and tolerant towards others and are able to lead full lives in an ever changing global and technological world.

AWHI Learner Attributes

We care for each other and our environment, embrace and cherish – to help or support others. Learning is underpinned by the following attributes:


Ako – We Learn Together

Our AKO learner looks like learning partnerships, explaining and listening, empowered, motivated and active students; 

it sounds like a busy hive, questions and inquiring children supporting each other in their learning; 

it feels safe, inclusive and children are valued for what they bring to the learning environment.

Whanaungatanga – We Belong

Our WHANAUNGATANGA learner looks like respect, encouragement, positive relationships, looking after our environment and each other;

it sounds like put ups, celebrations, compassion and empathy, supportive and nurturing, welcoming and inclusive ;
it feels like a family, it feels like we belong here, it feels like we treasure the past and are excited for what the future holds.

Hauora – Wellness of Life

Our HAUORA learner looks like knowing what I need to be healthy and well, understanding my own and others emotions, aspirations for my own learning and life;

it sounds like self-expression, checking in, comfortable and confident tamariki; 

it feels good to be me, valued, safe and cared for.

Integrity – I have Integrity 

Our INTEGRITY learner looks like doing the right thing even when noone is watching, being a role model, respect for myself, self- belief and courage; 

it sounds like manners, owning my actions, friendly and positive to others;
it feels like I can be proud of my choices, I am proud to be me.

Principles underpinning Riwaka School’s approach to future-focused learning

We are committed to meeting our students current and future needs by:

  • ensuring equity of access to digital technology
  • enabling students to personalise their learning

We will seek to extend our existing best practice through innovation by;

  • initiating and promoting innovative practices
  • being courageous but not reckless

We are committed to a partnership with our learning community through;

  • building effective home school partnerships that enhance children’s learning

We will become a ‘research aware’ and ‘data-rich’ school by;

  • using multiple sources of data to inform teaching
  • extending teacher capability through ‘teaching as inquiry’
  • Keeping up-to-date with current pedagogical thinking, research and practices

We will connect and collaborate with others at all levels through;

  • PLD collaborations
  • teaching collaborations
  • community collaborations

We ensure that learning is central to all our decisions through;

  • valuing all learning in and out of school
  • making sure that pedagogy drives the use of technology