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He Manu Rere - Our Learner Profile

He Manu Rere - a Soaring Bird is our Learner Profile. This underpins all learning at our school. The Learner Profile identifies the key attributes a learner needs to develop so they can soar in their learning and in life. It provides a framework for everyone to understand how learners are developing in these attributes.


The attributes are grouped under 'Know Me, Know Others and Know How'. Goals are identified under three stages. Learners reflect on attributes, celebrate progress and set new goals.

Blockhouse Bay teachers and students parading around the school
Our Learning

Our Curriculum 

At our school, the New Zealand National Curriculum (NZC) is presented to our learners through an inquiry based approach. Curiosity and wonder starts a learning journey to enable learners to seek knowledge, ask questions, find out, understand, ask 'what now?', reflect and change.


Components of ‘Our Learner Profile, He Manu Rere’ are explored through ‘Themes of Inquiry’ which are designed to support learning in the eight Learning Areas of the curriculum, English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Social Science, the Arts, Languages, Physical Education and Health. Te reo Māori and Te ao Māori are woven through all curriculum design, reflecting our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.


We aim to hook tamariki (children) into learning through authentic, engaging contexts which are learner-centred and teacher guided. Learning to read and write well and developing mathematical skills are at the heart of learning at our school and provide access to all other learning.

Blockhouse Bay students and parents

Partnering with Parents and Whānau - Hero

Hero - Our School App

Hero is an online tool we use to partner with parents and whānau. We regularly communicate information through posts about what is happening at school. 


Accessed through your own personal log in, we also share learning posts including photos or videos to inform you of your child’s progress throughout the year. You will be able to view your child’s learning goals, learning posts and their yearly report in relation to the New Zealand Curriculum expectations. 


Learners are also able to login and they post about their own learning and achievement. You can also post to share your child’s learning at home. 

Learning Conferences

Conferences are opportunities to meet together with your child’s teacher to get to know each other and discuss learning. The first is prior to the first day of the school year at ‘Meet the Whānau’ and the second is usually at the end of Term 2 when we hold ‘Learning Conferences’.  Please note that these times may be adjusted due to the Covid response.


If you want to meet with your child’s teacher at another time please email them to arrange a time.

Blockhouse Bay students doing beach cleanup

Our Inquiry Process

Inquiry is at the heart of our learning.  We want our tamariki (children) to wonder about issues, find out about them, understand them, take action and reflect on their learning along the way. Our Inquiry process supports children in the process.

Blockhouse Bay students reading

Our Learning Pathways

Our Learning Pathways help everyone - learners, parents and whānau and teachers know where the child is up to in their learning in Mathematics, Writing and Reading.  Goals are set, tracked and achieved and tamariki (children) receive digital badges on Hero, our app, as they move from level to level.


Click below to see our pathways:

Blockhouse Bay student inspecting rubbish


At Blockhouse Bay Primary we care about the environment and subsequently we are a Bronze Enviroschool.  This means we learn about sustainability issues we face globally but that we can take action with locally.  We recycle at school and ask children to bring lunches with no litter in them.   


As Kaitiaki (guardians), we have carried out Beach Clean Ups in our local community. We learnt about the effects of plastic pollution on our sealife.

Our tamariki (children) are passionate about protecting our sea creatures and reducing our plastic pollution.

Blockhouse Bay student leaders

Student Leadership

Our school believes that every student should have the opportunity to be a leader. Tamariki (children) of all ages may be School Ambassadors or lead Student-Initiated Clubs for others. Clubs run by tamariki previously include Lego, Nature, Dance, Handball, Football and Drawing Clubs. 


We also deliberately foster tuakana/teina relationships throughout tamariki of all ages. The tuakana–teina relationship  provides a model for buddy systems. An older or more expert tuakana (child) helps and guides a younger or less expert teina.


We want students to work together to make big decisions for the future of our school. Leaders are chosen to represent each class to form a School Leadership group. Leaders find out what children think is important and communicate this to the School Leadership group. 


As tamariki move through the school they have the opportunity to contribute to the school to help things run smoothly. These include, for example Road Patrols, Peer Mediators and Cultural Group Leaders. 

Blockhouse Bay students with chromebooks

Bring Your Own Chromebook

Our goal is to make sure that our learners are prepared as thoroughly as possible for their future.  To support learning both at school and when at home, we ask parents of Year 5 and 6 tamariki (children) to bring their own Chromebook to school for use across the curriculum. Year 3 and 4 children are also welcome to bring their own chromebook. 

Blockhouse Bay students in school pool


Our large school pool is used for swimming lessons for all children in Terms 1 and 4. Class teachers, who take the lessons, will let you know when your child’s class is swimming through ‘Hero’, our school app.

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