Students at Tairangi School will acquire the values of VAI when they see people they care about modelling what we want them to do or be.



“Everyone has a voice” “The voice is promoted and protected”

We can articulate, show or demonstrate why we are learning something

We are clear about our goals and next steps

We all express our needs and wants, feelings and rights and responsibilities with each other and adults

Links to KCs & Te Whāriki: Participating and Contributing; Thinking; Mana Reo; Mana Tangata - contribution

At Tairangi School, Voice is demonstrated when people are:

Acknowledged; able and inclined to communicate with purpose; listening respectfully; exposed to many thoughts and opinions; collaborating; able to show or demonstrate why we they are learning something; clear about their goals and next steps; able to express their needs, wants, feelings and rights and responsibilities with each other and adults.

For Voice to occur at Tairangi School, it requires people to: 

Act upon and value knowledge; apply to all Akonga (we are all learners and teachers); have open permission to use it; Respect each other; and protect the views of the minorities.

Voice is necessary for growth



“Make a difference” “opportunities for learning are equitable”

We know what to do.

We are able to take risks.

We are able to get up and try again when we experience disappointment and failure. Failing is a First Attempt in Learning.

Links to KCs & Te Whāriki: Self managing; Thinking know what to do when we don’t know; Mana Tangata - contribution; Exploration

At Tairangi School, Agency occurs when people demonstrate:

Perseverance; Ownership; a greater or growing responsibility; the growing ability to drive it yourself; Manaakitanga; self efficacy (belief in your own ability); questioning of the status quo; attempting new things; they know what to do; they are able to take risks.

For Agency to occur at Tairangi School, it requires people to:

give up power and responsibility to others; be accepting of mistakes not failure; trust each other; monitor to know it is working.

Agency is measured by growth not achievement.



“Value who you are”

We rise to challenging work and we take risks.

We all have a place in our group, class, school, whānau and world.

We are comfortable in ourselves and our relationships with a range of people.

Links to KCs & Te Whāriki: Relating to Others; Mana whenua - belonging; learning about ourselves and others

At Tairangi School, identity occurs when people demonstrate:

Uniqueness; confidence; a knowledge of who they are and are comfortable with a growing sense of self (change); a growing sense of how they fit in the group, class, school, whānau and world; Understanding of how their world and experiences influence their identity; a sense of belonging.

For Identity to occur at Tairangi School, it requires people to:

have positive relationships and positive self esteem; first value their own culture to enable them to see the value in the culture of others.

Identity is the basis for collaboration. How will we enable students to belong? How will we help students break perceived negative moulds?

Here is some of what our kids tell us about Tairangi School

What do you like best about Tairangi?

You can make really nice friends.

Making new friends and learning more

There are role models

The people

How they show friendship

I like learning

Coming to school

The work we do, when we do maths it's easy then gets harder

We have fun and celebrate languages

Different cultures, they focus on them all

When we do art

I like the toys

Play at the park

What do you like best about your teacher?

“They are funny, nice and loves teaching, Pretty, Always fun to play and he/she is a joker, creative and doesn't just talk about the work but puts it into action and is enthusiastic, Makes learning fun for me and easy, makes the learning understandable and fun for us, the best and very good at sounding out and teaching us some things, sometimes gives us hard work and explains it to us, nice to us when we do learning.”

How do you know you are good at something?

Cause my parents told me

I read with Mel and Eloise. It makes you really good at reading some books

When your parents look at you and the others say you are good at sports.

I read to my teacher and parents at home and same with maths

My teacher told us

I like finding out new words, to use them in my writing

Because I practice

I sing a lot at home, we have singing battles at home