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Favourable ERO Report

Posted: 15 June 2015

Our school was visited by the Education Review Office in March.

We received a very favourable report and invite you to read the summary below or read the full report here on the Education Review Office web site.

Excerpts from the 2015 ERO report:

St Pius X School (Titahi Bay) provides education incorporating Christian values for students up to Year 6.

Pastoral care has high priority. The principal and teachers work with whānau and access assistance from social and education agencies for promoting student wellbeing and learning. School culture is welcoming and inclusive.

Students achieve well. Over the past three years, school-reported information indicates steady performance above the National Standards. There is little overall variation between the main ethnic groups. Data indicates most students have sound foundations in literacy and numeracy.

Classrooms are orderly and settled. Teachers help students to be ready for work by sharing timetables, learning intentions, prompts and resources.

Teachers promote respectful, caring interactions. Students know class routines and expectations for learning and behaviour.

Students with specific needs are well catered for. Programmes and interventions are selected to target learning and behaviour needs. Progress is monitored closely by the teacher and leaders, who collaborate with whānau members and specialists. The board receives clear information about the value of these programmes to assist planning for curriculum resourcing.

The school environment is organised for learning and reflects students’ ethnic diversity. Displays demonstrate learning that is centred in the local area and the Pacific, and celebrates cultural richness.

Māori culture and identity are fostered in the curriculum and made visible in displays, symbols and images. Leaders have continued to strengthen engagement with whānau and the wider local Māori community.
Overall, Māori students achieve well. Differences in year group performance are noticed and responded to.
Māori role models lead learning in te reo me ngā tikanga Māori. Students enjoy regular experiences to supplement the te reo Māori programme and integration of cultural dimensions in topic studies, including marae visits and kapa haka. A kaumatua guides leaders in undertaking consultation with whānau to promote their children’s success and pride in heritage.

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

The school is well placed to sustain and improve performance because:

  • the vision is shared effectively. It is understood and embraced by trustees, staff, students and whānau
  • the school is well led and managed. The principal is highly visible and available. She has high expectations of herself, staff and students, leads teachers’ professional learning and participates in local education groups. She is ably supported by the deputy principal. Together they model effective practice
  • trustees are well informed about school operation and in particular, students’ learning and wellbeing. They receive frequent and regular reports providing information about progress in relation to planned actions
  • self review is systematic, referenced to planned actions and research about good practice, and used to inform the next cycle of planning. Specific steps for 2015 focus on areas identified as needing development to promote continuous improvement.
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