Port Chalmers School

We maintain a regular review programme to evaluate and report on the education and care of young people in schools.

We are in the process of shifting from event-based external reviews to supporting each school in a process of continuous improvement.

There may be delays between reviews for some schools and kura due to Covid-19 and while we transition to our new way of reviewing.

Read more about our new processes and why we changed the way we review schools and kura.

Find out which schools have upcoming reviews.

Te Ara Huarau | School Profile Report

Background

This Profile Report was written within 14 months of the Education Review Office and Port Chalmers School working in Te Ara Huarau, an improvement evaluation approach used in most English Medium State and State Integrated Schools. For more information about Te Ara Huarau see ERO’s website. ww.ero.govt.nz

Context 

Port Chalmers School is a Years 1 to 8 primary school, long-established within its community. It works closely with the nearby early learning centres. Leaders and teachers know the students and their families and whānau well.

Port Chalmers School’s strategic priorities for improving outcomes for learners are:

  • to inspire and engage students and their whānau in learning so that they can be successful in their lives, now and in the future

  • actively develop partnerships with the community, building two-way relationships

  • to build on the school’s positive environment, embracing rich cultural diversity.

You can find a copy of the school’s strategic and annual plan on Port Chalmers School’s website.

ERO and the school are working together to evaluate extending culturally responsive teaching and learning practices to accelerate the literacy progress of learners who most need this.

The rationale for selecting this evaluation is:

  • the school has identified that there is disparity for some learners in overall literacy achievement and progress

  • that culturally responsive pedagogy has been an ongoing and increasing professional learning and development focus for teachers and learners

  • achievement for Māori learners has increased in writing. This is linked to use of mātauranga Māori writing contexts.

The school expects to see:

  • identification of the key teaching practices, including those that are targeted to best meet the needs of learners, in a culturally responsive way

  • improving equity for Māori learners in all aspects of their learning

  • teachers consistently understanding and respecting local tikanga and Māori culture sufficiently to be able to respond appropriately to ākonga, whānau and community

  • effective reciprocal learning-centred relationships with the school and its community.

Strengths

The school can draw from the following strengths to support the school in its goal:

  • using its local learning environment where learners will achieve success in a safe, caring and stimulating atmosphere and teachers providing the necessary challenges and learning opportunities to support learners to develop their potential - mental, physical, aesthetic, social and emotional growth

  • an unrelenting focus on providing and supporting students and their whānau

  • an evolving local curriculum that is adapted to learner needs

  • progressive, caring and responsive leadership.

Where to next?

Moving forward, the school will prioritise:

  • ongoing learning about how te ao Māori can further enhance learner outcomes, particularly for Māori learners and their whānau

  • evaluating the teaching strategies that have been successful in accelerating learner progress in literacy

  • collaborative sharing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi based classroom practices.

ERO’s role will be to support the school in its evaluation for improvement cycle to improve outcomes for all learners. ERO will support the school in reporting their progress to the community. The next public report on ERO’s website will be a Te Ara Huarau | School Evaluation Report and is due within three years.

Dr Lesley Patterson
Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)
Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

16 June 2022 

About the School

The Education Counts website provides further information about the school’s student population, student engagement and student achievement.  educationcounts.govt.nz/home

Board Assurance with Regulatory and Legislative Requirements Report 2022 to 2025

As of May 2022, the Port Chalmers School Board of Trustees has attested to the following regulatory and legislative requirements:

Board Administration

Yes

Curriculum

Yes

Management of Health, Safety and Welfare

Yes

Personnel Management

Yes

Finance

Yes

Assets

Yes

Further Information

For further information please contact Port Chalmers School Board of Trustees.

The next Board of Trustees assurance that it is meeting regulatory and legislative requirements will be reported, along with the Te Ara Huarau | School Evaluation Report, within three years.

Information on ERO’s role and process in this review can be found on the Education Review Office website.

Dr Lesley Patterson
Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)
Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

16 June 2022 

About the School

The Education Counts website provides further information about the school’s student population, student engagement and student achievement. educationcounts.govt.nz/home