Our AKO / Learning

We are a full primary school catering for students from Year 0 to Year 8. We provide a well balanced curriculum to meet the social, emotional, academic and physical needs of our students. We have approximately 200 students across 9 learning spaces.

We are developing a local curriculum to reflect the unique Central Otago life we all love, and learn in.

Our local curriculum is the way that we bring The New Zealand Curriculum to life at our school. We aim to:

  • be responsive to the needs, identity, language, culture, interests, strengths and aspirations of our learners and their families

  • have a clear focus on what supports the progress of all learners

  • integrate Te Tiriti o Waitangi into our learning

  • help our learners engage with and develop knowledge, values, and competencies, so they can go on and be confident and connected lifelong learners.

We use an NPDL (New Pedagogies for Deep Learning) framework to design rich learning opportunities for our students.

At Alexandra Primary School we strive to be “activators of learning who design learning experiences that build on learners’ strengths and needs, create new knowledge using real-life problem solving and help all students identify their talents, purpose and passion.”

New Pedagogies for Deeper Learning 2018

Digital Technologies

It is our desire to strengthen our capabilities in delivering quality learning opportunities for computational thinking and designing and developing digital outcomes, which are part of the Technology Curriculum. This is a requirement of the Ministry of Education.

“The digital curriculum is about teaching children how to design their own digital solutions and become creators of, not just users of, digital technologies, to prepare them for the modern workforce."

Chris Hipkins, 2018

The Dunstan Kāhui Ako (our Community of Learning for local schools) has prioritised Digital Technologies as an area of focus.



Alex is our school 'Super hero' representing the values and competencies that we wish to grow in all of our ākonga / students. This ensures they are well-equipped to be effective contributors to society, and successfully transition to high school.