Welcome to Birkenhead Primary School, Te Kura Matarae o Onewa, which sits in the heart of Birkenhead's Highbury Village. Our school's vision is to "grow active learners who make a positive difference". We provide a great learning environment, with wonderful teachers, and a range of opportunities for children to participate, to contribute, to take responsibility and to challenge themselves. We offer a full curriculum, with strong tuition in numeracy and literacy, an Inquiry approach in Social Science and Science, and opportunities in physical activity and the Arts.
Our school celebrated its Centenary last year and this video was produced to capture some memories from our current and past students. We hosted wonderful Centenary celebrations on the 8th and 9th of March 2019.
Our school is a learning community that encourages children to reach their personal best. The school usually has a roll of about 450 children at the start of the year, and takes about 50 new entrants to finish the year on about 500 children. We start the year with 20 teachers and several teacher aides. The school is managed by the Principal and leadership team and governed by a Board of Trustees. School activities are supported by the Parent/Teacher Association. We teach the full New Zealand curriculum through a wide range of activities, using inquiry and problem-based learning approaches. The school also has a host of extra-curricular activities for children to choose from.
We have been given a 4-5 year review cycle. The 4-5 year return category describes schools who can consistently demonstrate sustained student engagement, progress and achievement. Over the past four years, ERO has conducted over 3,000 primary and secondary school evaluations, 10-15% of which resulted in a 4-5 year return cycle.