We want our students to experience success in their learning because we value quality education and appreciate that the opportunities in life are greatly improved, if they have qualifications and are well educated.
Hato Pāora College strives for high academic standards and has a support structure that allows students of all levels to realise their potential. A cornerstone of the living environment is the requirement of all students to study. We do study to enable the students to internalise new learning, to prepare for their lessons the next day and for their exams at the end of each term.
The learning environment at Hato Pāora College aims to provide quality education for all students. Given our special character, it is compulsory for all students from Year 9 to Year 13, to study Māori and Religious Education. In addition, English and Mathematics are also core subjects for all students. In Years 9 and 10, students undertake a programme of study which covers all the essential learning areas. In Years 11-13, students have the opportunity to select other subjects that align to their interest and vocational pathway requirements.
We want to keep every student engaged and achieving. We believe that effective leadership, strong whānau engagement, effective teaching and learning, coupled with our school’s culture-will improve the learning outcomes for our students. Expectations for every student’s success are high.
The following extract was taken from our latest Education Review Office Report of June 2019:
The learning environment supports a strong sense of belonging, brotherhood and cultural development. Traditional structures and systems such as daily church services, house competitions, and kapa haka continue to provide cohesion and develop school spirit. In 2019, leadership has further promoted the importance of both the Catholic and Māori heritages of the college. Catholic ceremonies have been refreshed and reinvigorated, tikanga Māori is more visible and te reo Māori more widely used. Behaviour management systems and values promotion have been strengthened in both the school and hostel. In the school, new incentive systems which promote the school values are being introduced. In the hostel, year group representatives provide better, more regular feedback to hostel leadership about matters related to student wellbeing and pastoral care.