Omokoroa School - 21/11/2011

1 Context

What are the important features of this school that have an impact on student learning?

Omokoroa School is a rural school located at Plummers Point between Tauranga and Katikati. The school caters for students in Years 1 to 8 and has a roll of 269 which is predominantly European/Pākehā.

Since the 2008 ERO review, students have continued to benefit from being part of a successful Enviro school, and there has been a positive response by board and leaders to ERO’s recommendation that related to fully realising the aspirations expressed in the school’s vision and ‘No. 1 Learner’ model.

The school roll has continued to grow and there has also been a strong focus on self review, including reflective practice as an important component for improving teaching and learning. The school has maintained positive relationships with its local community and marae.

The school is characterised by stable leadership and staffing, and a strong commitment to meeting students' learning needs. There is a major focus on developing the holistic well-being of all students within a caring and supportive community. The principal and teachers have maintained an open-door approach for students and parents. Students benefit from an inclusive, purposeful and positive school culture.

2 Learning

How well are students learning – engaging, progressing and achieving?

Students are well engaged in learning. A significant number achieve at or above National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Progress is evident throughout the year and is well reported to trustees and parents. Students working towards National Standards are well targeted and monitored by teachers, senior leaders and the board. Teachers keep very useful and detailed records of planning, goal setting, progress and achievement.

Teachers use assessment information to effectively guide planning and teaching, which caters for the learning needs of all students. Overall teacher judgements about student achievement are informed by day-to-day observations of individual students, and assessments that provide national comparisons.

Students are increasingly aware of their individual achievement and progress. School leaders acknowledge this as an area for continuing review and development.

How well does the school promote Māori student success and success as Māori?

The majority of Māori students are achieving as well as other students in reading, writing and mathematics. Bicultural perspectives are recognised in aspects of the curriculum. The school continues to develop the integration of te reo and tikanga Māori within classroom programmes and school activities.

3 Curriculum

How effectively does this school’s curriculum promote and support student learning?

The school has effectively documented its local response to The New Zealand Curriculum. Omokoroa School’s curriculum successfully promotes and supports student learning. There is an appropriate emphasis on literacy and mathematics in meaningful contexts. An holistic approach underpins a broad curriculum that provides students with a wide range of learning experiences that include sporting, cultural, social and leadership opportunities. School leaders continue to review and develop their curriculum guidelines and expectations.

Teachers are reflective and open to new ideas for teaching practice. They have high expectations for learning and behaviour, and maintain positive, respectful relationships with students. Well-planned and constructive teaching strategies effectively promote students’ thinking, inquiry and engagement.

Classrooms are well resourced, stimulating and focused on learning. School values and the agreed learner model are highly visible throughout the school and well understood by students.

4 Sustainable Performance

How well placed is the school to sustain and improve its performance?

Omokoroa School is very well placed to sustain and improve its performance because:

  • there is a positive reporting history with ERO
  • capable trustees have complementary skills and are developing a succession plan to ensure continuity of highly effective governance
  • well-established and comprehensive self review is guiding continuous improvement
  • the experienced and well-informed principal provides responsive and collaborative leadership
  • the skilled and knowledgeable senior leaders are focused on improving teaching and learning
  • teachers are engaged in meaningful teaching as inquiry to improve student achievement
  • there is an established professional learning culture
  • parents are actively involved in student learning and the life of the school.

Board assurance on legal requirements

Before the review, the board of trustees and principal of the school completed the ERO Board Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklists. In these documents they attested that they had taken all reasonable steps to meet their legislative obligations related to:

  • board administration
  • curriculum
  • management of health, safety and welfare
  • personnel management
  • financial management
  • asset management.

During the review, ERO checked the following items because they have a potentially high impact on student achievement:

  • emotional safety of students (including prevention of bullying and sexual harassment)
  • physical safety of students
  • teacher registration
  • stand-downs, suspensions, expulsions and exclusions
  • attendance.

When is ERO likely to review the school again?

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in four-to-five years.

Richard Thornton

National Manager Review Services Northern Region

21 November 2011

About the School

Location

Plummers Point, Omokoroa, near Tauranga

Ministry of Education profile number

1863

School type

Full Primary (Years 1 to 8)

School roll

269

Gender composition

Girls 52% Boys 48%

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā

Other European

NZ Māori

Other

86%

8%

4%

2%

Review team on site

October 2011

Date of this report

21 November 2011

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

Education Review

Education Review

December 2008

January 2006

November 2002