Our School

Our Westshore kaupapa believes all people have the right to a sense of belonging, ownership, pride, and achievement, in a place where we grow, share, and learn together.

Through our relationships, we demonstrate care for our learners and community and have high expectations for learning. Our school mission statement reflects Manaakitanga (Caring), Mana Whenua (collective responsibility) and Kaitiakitanga (guardianship). 

Through developing a sense of identity and belonging (Whakapapa), ownership (Whanaungatanga), pride (Wairuatanga) and achievement (Rangatiratanga), we will support our people to become confident, connected, actively involved and lifelong learners. (NZC) 

Our Curriculum

Our local curriculum is created through the NZC, Te Marautanga o Ngāti Kahungunu and our people, places and events. Integration supports learners making connections between our principles, values and key competencies. It allows worthwhile exploration of meaningful content that relates to the learning areas; Events - Ngā Takunetanga, Places - Ngā Wāhi, and People - Ngā Tāngata

The integrated curriculum is planned and implemented through school wide themes. The key concepts are decided on at the end of the previous year. They are influenced by the needs of the school and the pupils. Implementation is further enhanced by the inclusion of our whānau and community.

Our Learning Areas

Events - Ngā Takunetanga What events are of significance to the people of Westshore? Events that have changed the way we think, feel or act. Ancestors have witnessed much change, our curriculum supports the research and study of events that have impacted or influenced the future of our people.

Places - Ngā Wāhi How did our ancestors come to live in our place? What are the places of significance? Places will support the connection and the relationship between our people and the environment. 

People - Ngā Tāngata By studying the past we learn how and why our tipuna (ancestors) lived and the changes and causes of such change that occured. The curriculum supports the study of and connections to its people through whakapapa as well as the written and oral histories of local whanau.