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We want our boys to experience life! We want to engage boys’ spirit and wonder, to become motivated, passionate, caring and compassionate, not squash it. We are advocates of responsible risk-taking and encourage it. Our focus is on excellence in education. Learning is life-long and so we have carefully considered our curriculum to best meet the needs of primary-aged boys.
Our Approach to Learning
We all know that boys and girls are different, and academic research tells us there are very real advantages to a single-gender environment.
Creating a Supportive Environment
At Hereworth we take care not squash a boy’s spirit, by creating an environment that focuses on providing a strong foundation for future success. Our boys actively contribute and compete with their peers, and learn to take responsibility for their actions. We encourage confidence and self- belief in every area.
Our boys are given a range of learning experiences, centred on the core areas of numeracy, literacy and science, and partnered with a large array of compulsory non-core disciplines. This diverse curriculum helps contribute to a well-rounded boy who is able to take risks and be a confident, connected lifelong learner.
We offer a wide range of subjects, even for our youngest students. Our classrooms are fully equipped with technology and e-learning is incorporated into daily class life.
Core subjects of Literacy and Numeracy, as well as integrated units (Science, Health, Tech and Social Science) are a key focus at new entrant level. This is supported by music, speech and drama, art, languages, religious education and physical education/hauora, resulting in a well-rounded curriculum.
We also tailor a specialised physical education and sports programme for our youngest ones. The opportunity to join sports teams is optional for the very young, and we find most of them take it up. Specialist coaches of the highest calibre are brought in to coach the boys throughout the year, and we also take the boys to weekly swimming lessons.
A distinct advantage, our small, caring class sizes enable effective engagement between your son and his class teacher, creating ample opportunities for feedback and “feed-forward” to boys and their families. We can tailor learning strategies and skill development for your son.
Our classrooms are large, modern, welcoming, well-equipped teaching spaces, providing a flexible teaching environment which allows your son to discover and explore for himself.
Whether your son needs nurturing, motivation, or extending, or a combination of all three as he enters school, our team of teachers is of the highest calibre, and can cater to each boy’s individual needs.
Once our younger boys reach Year 4, they become mentors and buddies to our junior boys, learning to be great role models for the younger ones. This creates a strong sense of community across the Junior School. From here our boys are well placed to transition into their senior years.
Boys are wired to move, watch things move, and make things move! This is reflected at every level of our Junior School programme.
Good risk taking is encouraged, and our boys develop confidence to try the multitude of new and exciting opportunities available to them at school. At Hereworth, we believe our boys receive the very best foundation for a lifelong love of learning.
First and foremost Hereworth caters to boys of all learning abilities, with small, class sizes, which allow quality one-to-one contact with teachers, but are large enough to provide healthy competition and academic rigour among our boys.
We Cater For All Boys
We cater for boys across the learning spectrum, supporting and encouraging them to achieve to their highest potential.
We offer a wide range of subjects, with core subjects in Literacy and Numeracy, as well as integrated units of Science, Health, Tech and Social Science. This is supported by Music, Speech and Drama, Art, Languages, Religious Education, and Physical Education/Hauora.
Whether a boy needs nurturing, motivating or extending, our teachers are of the highest calibre and cater to each of our boys’ needs.
The boys are exposed to a wealth of cultural and arts options, with the biggest problem being what to choose!
Learning to Perform
One very special feature at Hereworth is the St James’ Chapel Choir. As an integral part of the school community, choir members learn the discipline of practicing and performing while fostering a love of music. Competition for places can be fierce – as is the level of pride from our choir members.
Our boys love experiencing performances from a multitude of visiting artists, musicians, dancers, actors and cultural performers. All these add to the exciting mix of life at Hereworth.
At Hereworth sport is compulsory and timetabled three times a week (twice-weekly for Junior classes) in order to balance our boys’ energy and physical needs with their ability to absorb information.
From Year 4 upwards, all our boys must play in a sports team, and in Years 1-3 it is optional, but we find that most boys take up the opportunity. Emphasis is placed on fairness, co-operation and camaraderie.
All Hereworth teams take part in the local sports competitions. Cricket, tennis, softball, football, rugby and hockey are the main sporting choices, and we offer a variety of other sports throughout the year.
Prep matches against other schools outside of Hawke’s Bay are a highlight of our boys’ time at Hereworth. Sports teams get the opportunity to travel and be billeted overnight, meeting other boys from all over the country – an experience in itself.
Our Spiritual Approach
As an Anglican school spirituality is one of our defining qualities. Teaching Christian values and the Anglican Liturgy is a core aspect of school life.
Years 4-8 start the day with Chapel, and Year 4 boys are required to attend one Sunday service each term. From Year 5 upwards boys are required to attend two Sunday services each term. These services range from twenty to thirty minutes in duration, and the dates and times of services are outlined in the term calendars. Family members are encouraged to attend these services, as worship is family-oriented.
Technology access these days is just like breathing, so Hereworth is fully networked with fibre-optic ultra-fast broadband, and ICT is integrated into school life with an array of personal and shared digital devices
Twenty-first century students, pedagogy and technologies are to be partnered together in the learning environment at Hereworth School.
All students will be given access and the opportunity to enquire, create, connect, disseminate, resolve, reflect, work together and share through a range of technologies and applications. The intentional collaboration between boys and learning tools will enhance learning on many levels, and in many areas.
In 2016 we make the move to using Chrome Books as the device of choice for us as a school, and therefore for your son. As a school that utilises the Google platform, it makes sense to have a device that seamlessly integrates with the features available to our staff and students.
The cost of Chrome Books is extremely competitive relative to competing devices, and their capabilities. It adds to the ability of Hereworth boys to be able to transition to secondary school effectively, with many colleges using Chrome Books as well.
At Hereworth, the opportunity to build knowledge, skills and confidence is at the heart of the specialist programme. Teachers provide learning opportunities in a wide range of subjects and use their specialised knowledge to administer high quality programmes for all students from years one to eight.
Specialist teaching areas include: Hauora and Physical Education, Music, Drama, Dance, Visual Arts, Food Technology, Hard and Soft Materials, Religious Education, Te Reo Maori and Japanese.
Private tuition in Speech and Drama and a wide range of musical instruments is also available to our Hereworth boys.