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ERO

To the Parents and Community of St Joseph's School (Orakei)

ERO, the Education Review Office, reviews the performance of every school from time to time. The resulting report, called an Education Review Report , is a public document.

Click here to view our latest report produced in November 2015.

The purpose of ERO’s reviews is to give parents and the wider school community assurance about the quality of education that schools provide and their children receive.

An ERO school report answers the question “How effectively is this school’s curriculum promoting student learning - engagement, progress and achievement?” Under that overarching question ERO reports on the quality of education and learning outcomes for children and for specific groups of children including Maori students, Pacific students and students with special needs.

ERO also reports on the quality of the school’s systems for sustaining and continuing improvements.

Click here for general information about ERO, and the steps ERO follows when conducting school reviews.

Context

What are the important features of this school that have an impact on student learning?

St Joseph’s School (Orakei) is a small Catholic integrated primary school. It offers education for students in Years 1 to 6. The school’s Catholic beliefs support a nurturing, holistic approach to education. The school’s mission statement and values underpin the positive tone of the school. Students identify the Parish Church as being an important feature of the school. The school site overlooks the Orakei Basin and Purewa Creek. Students attending the school are of diverse ethnicities. While the majority of students are Pakeha, more than thirty per cent identify as either Maori or Pacific. Most Maori students affiliate to the local iwi of Ngati Whatua. The school has continued to strengthen connections with the local marae are strengthening, and this is helping to extend learning opportunities for all students.

Since the 2009 ERO review, the school has experienced roll growth and appointed a new principal. The incoming principal has effectively managed change over time. Students are confident and capable, know what is expected of them and are proud of their school. They know each other well and help one another through tuakana (older) and teina (younger) relationships.

Click here to view the full report or see extracts below.

Learning - Extract from report

How well are students learning – engaging, progressing and achieving?

Students enjoy learning. Teachers engage with them in positive and respectful ways. They provide classroom environments that are print rich, settled and focused on learning. Student engagement in learning is well supported by teachers who use effective teaching strategies and provide very good quality teaching programmes. School leaders and staff have high expectations for student success in learning.

Curriculum - Extract from report

How effectively does this school’s curriculum promote and support student learning?

The curriculum of St Joseph’s School (Orakei) effectively promotes and supports student learning. The curriculum includes Catholic beliefs and is closely aligned to the principles and key competencies of The New Zealand Curriculum.

Curriculum priorities include an appropriate focus on literacy and mathematics, a range of learning opportunities for students, including easy access to information and communication technologies (ICT)

Sustainable Performance - Extract from report

How well placed is the school to sustain and improve its performance?

The board is well placed to sustain and improve its performance. The board comprises new and experienced trustees, who have a range of skills that are useful in helping them govern effectively. Trustees are knowledgeable about their roles and school operations. They appreciate external support, are committed to raising student achievement and building capability. The board chairperson and trustees have a high profile in the school. The board’s vision is clearly stated in the charter and reflects community aspirations. There is clear alignment between governance, management and leadership processes. The board is well served by the principal. She effectively leads change and provides well considered professional leadership for teachers.

Click here for the September 2012 ERO Report