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One of my first tasks as Principal of Swanson School was to review our School Vision, and ensure it was a true representation of our collective aspirations for our āko and our school.

Back in term 3 and 4 last year, we gathered your thoughts and ideas about what you expected from our school, and what skills and competencies you would want your child to develop during his/her learning journey at Swanson School. The feedback you provided at the ‘Meet the Principal’ evening and subsequent surveys was used by our staff to come up with our new Vision.

After several meetings, discussions, and many drafts, we are thrilled to share Swanson School’s vision with you.

Our Vision:

Our vision compares our children to the Kauri tree. The Kauri is the largest, strongest tree in the forest, and that is what we would want our children to be like; stand tall and strong, and be leaders in their communities.

The branches represent the core skills we would like our āko to develop: be resilient risk-takers, who are inclusive and have mana, while the leaves break down these skills into qualities. At the heart of the tree, there is hauora, because our main aim is to ensure the holistic well-being of all our children: taha whānau (social well-being), taha wairua (spiritual well-being), taha hinengaro (mental and emotional well-being) and taha tinana (physical well-being).

The roots represent what we believe we need to be like to ensure we feed the tree, and support it to grow and thrive, always drawing our strength from the New Zealand Curriculum and Treaty of Waitangi.

Leandro Piantelli

Principal – Swanson School

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Swanson School

703 Swanson Road,
New Zealand

Phone: 09 831-0001
Emergency: 0272378777
(when school landline is not working)

Email: office@swanson.school.nz