Case study: Kāiti School, Gisborne

Kāiti School is a large primary school in east Gisborne. The school offers bilingual education in Tongan and te reo Māori. Nearly all students at Kāiti School have Māori or Pacific heritage. Over the last few years, student achievement in the National Standards has increased.

Values and vision

Kāiti School based all their actions on a vision for their students’ hauora. The principal told ERO 'physical activity and food and nutrition are essential elements of our Kāiti Learner Profile - looking after their hauora is what we aspire to for our tamariki as they grow in our care.'

The board of trustees operated with a clear vision and detailed strategic plan. Food, nutrition and physical activity were promoted in policies, priorities, expectations, resourcing, and expectations for leaders’ and teachers’ actions. The board showed its commitment to hauora by resourcing one full-time sports leader and two part-time physical activity support staff.   They also subsidised fees for Saturday sports and specialist sport activities for their students.

Leaders’ and teachers’ actions

Teachers’ performance management was aligned to school goals and improving individual professional capabilities.  For example, the sports leader identified teachers who lacked confidence to implement the new social skills and games programme the school was using. He will report on the success of his coaching strategies as part of his annual performance review. 

The sports leader took extra professional development sessions with the teachers who also participated in school-wide sessions for school sports and physical education activities. Teachers participated in sessions for a wide range of activities, such as keeping safe in the surf, dancing and cycling. Leaders wanted to ensure that teachers were consistent in what they were teaching students.

Bike riding

Young people’s learning and participation

Students at Kāiti School were fully engaged in school sport, PE lessons, fitness, inter-school sport competitions, and annual community sporting events.  Many children also belonged to clubs outside school, supported by the school, their whānau and each other. A recent Wellbeing @ School survey showed all students felt they belonged at Kāiti School.

 Healthy food choices Students running