Principles, Values & Beliefs


Quality education should provide the children of Hororata with strong foundations for future learning and should observe the following education principles:

  • link with real life situations (Coherence)
  • encourage children to reflect on their learning and to learn how to learn (Learning to Learn)
  • connect with a child’s life beyond the school (Community Engagement)
  • encourage originality, invention and critical thinking (Future Focus)
  • be fair, equitable and be accessible to everyone (Inclusion)
  • empower all children to learn and strive for their personal best (High Expectation)
  • reflect the cultural diversity of the learning community (Cultural Diversity)
  • reflect the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi – Participation, Protection, Partnership (Treaty of Waitangi)
  • be positive, enjoyable and have elements of surprise
Students need to master the basic skills of literacy and numeracy; be confident, motivated and healthy; and have a strong sense of identity.  These basic foundations are critical for success in schooling, for coping with the demands of modern society, and for engagement in learning throughout life.  
At Hororata these foundation skills are divided into three core areas:  The Mind, The Heart & The Backpack.

The Mind

(Knowledge and awareness)

General knowledge about New Zealand and the world, who we are, where we come from, and where we live are core elements of strong foundations.  These foundations build resilience and provide a basis for self-improvement. 

The Heart

(Attitudes, values and beliefs)

Attitudes consist of the feelings or dispositions towards things, ideas, or people which incline a person to certain types of action.  

Attitudes, values and beliefs will underpin the school curriculum and will be represented with the acronym Pride i.e., personal best; respect; integrity; diversity and excellence.  In demonstrating the school’s values, adults and children will be:
  • Personal Best … Confident and will persevere and show resilience when striving to achieve their personal best.
  • Respect … Caring of themselves, others and the environment, and show appropriate manners.
  • Integrity… Honest, take responsibility and are accountable for their actions.
  • Diversity… Understanding, tolerant and inclusive of others.
  • Excellence… Motivated, self improving, risk takers.


The Backpack

(Skills and Strategies for life)

These essentials are important for students to achieve their potential and to participate fully in society, including the world of work.  These skills cannot be developed in isolation.  

The school curriculum is strongly linked to the Key Competencies, which are imbedded in the way we teach and learn within the school.  The school curriculum has been designed around our vision, values and principles and a metaphoric representation of the “Five Pillars of Learning”- Key Competencies.  The Five Pillars forge a coherent link between our vision, values and principles.

The Five Pillars of Learning
  • Students who are competent thinkers and problem-solvers actively seek, use, and create knowledge and develop skill. (Thinking) 
  • Students who manage themselves are resourceful, reliable, resilient and set high standards. (Managing Self)
  • Students who relate well to others are open to new learning and able to take different roles in different situations.  They are aware of how their words and actions affect others. (Relating to Others)
  • Students who are competent participators and contributors, contribute appropriately as a group member, to make connections with others, and to create opportunities for others in the group. (Participating & Contributing)
  •  Students who are competent users of language, symbols and texts can interpret and use words, numbers, images, movement, metaphor, and technologies in a range of contexts. (Using Language, Symbols & Texts)