Whanake Team is energetic and future focused. We believe that learning is more effective, engaging and empowering, when it is delivered through meaningful contexts that the students have some control over. For this reason, the students are engaged in one major STEAM Inquiry project each term, where teaching and learning is integrated across a range of subjects and the students take some ownership over the projects. While we aim to develop curriculum based knowledge and skills, we also place importance on developing inter-personal skills. These include the five Key Competencies, our five school values, and our four school focus areas (resilience, empathy, tenacity and self awareness).
*STEM is an acronym which represents the subject areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. It is an approach to teaching which allows for students to work across a range of disciplines to develop numeracy and literacy skills in the context of a research/design/community problem solving project that is relevant to them.