My pathway to the future

'a time to learn'

Our Beliefs


We believe that education throughout life (lifelong learning) is developed from the foundation of four pillars: Learning to Know, Learning to Do, Learning to Be and Learning to Live Together (UNESCO Pillars of Learning).  These also link directly to the NZC vision for children being confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.   These have been represented for our staff, children, parents and community in the following ways:


Our Learners - Lifelong Learners

Learning to Know:  Developing essential knowledge in English, Mathematics, Social Sciences, The Arts, Technology, Science, Languages, Health and PE.  Also an understanding of how knowledge in these areas integrate with each other.  



Our Way

Learning to Do:  Developing essential skills in English, Mathematics, Thinking, ICT, PE, The Inquiry Process.  Also an understanding of how these skills and strategies integrate and can be used in a number of contexts. 




Our People - Confident

Learning to Be:  Developing essential intra personal capabilities and communication skills.  This will also be developed through Values, Key Competencies, PE & Sports, The Arts, Inquiry units, Discovery time (Years 1-4), Education Outside the classroom and Health Education. 




Our Pace - Actively involved

Learning to Live together:  Participating in a range of life contexts. To be contributors to the well being of their community - socially, culturally, economically and environmentally. 




Teaching Beliefs at Alexandra Primary School


At Alexandra Primary we have developed a vision that reflects the needs of our learners and is in response to feedback from our community.

Our vision includes values that are not only community based but also mirrors the values in the curriculum.  All learning is developed with reference to our key teaching beliefs at APS and is represented through our student icon ALEX.





Teachers develop programmes of learning in numeracy and literacy that lead to the highest possible outcomes for our learners.  We have an integrated model for the learning areas of Science, Social Science, Technology and Health, PE and Music.


At APS we view the key competencies as ‘capacities to aspire’ and will develop over time, shaped by interactions with people, places, ideas and things.  The KC presently underpin our teaching and learning foci and are viewed as a continuum not a level progression.  They underpin our ‘being’.



Cultural Diversity

We have procedures and practices in place that reflect New Zealand’s cultural diversity and the unique procedures of Maori culture.  Alexandra Primary School will take all reasonable steps to provide instruction in Tikanga (Maori culture) and Te Reo  (Maori language) for all students.


Inclusive Education


Alexandra Primary welcomes all learners with special education needs and are supported to come to our school, engage in all school activities and achieve against the key competencies and learning areas of the NZ Curriculum.