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- recognises and respects New Zealand's bi-cultural heritage and the multi-cultural nature of the Churton Park community;
- is committed to environmental responsibility in the school's design, operation and curriculum.
Excellence - encouraging each student to reach his/her potential
Learning through innovation, inquiry and curiosity - developing motivated, curious, confident, engaged, innovative thinking, self-managing learners.
Connectivity with the community - with family, whanau, the environment, local & global communities.
Positive relationships that reflect equity & integrity - honesty, transparency, empathy in interactions between students, teachers, parents and the wider community.
Respect for diversity - for self, others, different/diverse cultures and the environment.
Our Vision is that when students leave Amesbury School they will be connected, confident, actively involved, life long learners.
Connected - in the sense of being a team-player or leader, IT literate, sociable, principled and tolerant;
Confident - in the sense of being positive, happy & healthy, responsible, articulate, and self-motivated.
Actively involved - in the sense of being engaged, trustworthy, honest, valuing integrity - as well as being physically active.
Life long learners - in the sense of being curious & critical thinkers, problem-solvers, numerate & literate, skilled & knowledgeable.
Based on this Vision the Establishment Board developed 13 Principles we wished to see reflected in the the design work:
flexibility of the size of learning areas
optimise the potential sunlight and mitigate the negative aspects of climate & weather
functionality driving design but with a sensitivie exterior
vistas for all learning areas
the staffroom being a re-creation space with oversight of the outdoors
areas for teaching and professional development and co-operative learning
appropriate landscapes that support learning
modern but long life materials
light and airy learning areas with good sightlines
centrally-located library and learning resource area
IT integral for teaching and learning.