HPS School Profile:
Howick Primary School is a decile 8, urban, primary school in East Auckland which features vast and picturesque grounds. It is comprised of over 300 students from Year 1 to Year 6 and includes a two-classroom Montessori Academy, which caters for students from age 6 to 11.
HPS is located 1.2 kilometres from the centre of popular Howick Village. It was established on Willoughby Avenue approximately 50 years ago after moving from the original school site on the corner of Botany Road and Howick/Pakuranga Highway, which is currently occupied by Howick Intermediate School.
HPS is well equipped with 16 classrooms, swimming pool, library, hall, teacher resource centre, professional learning and development room, language room, reading recovery room, school office, senior and junior playground areas, sandpit, and is future focused on education for sustainability with an orchard and beehive planned and initial garden development underway.
HPS has recently benefitted for the School Network Upgrade Project and has been fitted with comprehensive wireless capability across the school. 8 classrooms are being fitted with interactive projectors and one of New Zealand’s leading e-learning guru’s is engaged to lead professional learning and work with students. HPS also benefits from 2 music specialists on staff, as well as a caretaker who is a qualified high school science teacher also works in classrooms and with students on science and technology projects. HPS has a fulltime learning support teacher who oversees students with special needs as well as our gifted and talented students.
Education for Sustainability is a strong ethos at HPS and although in the early stages of development, leadership and community are keen to see HPS offer a Garden to Table programme within 3 years
Cultural Diversity at HPS:
HPS welcomes and values cultural diversity which is evident in all aspects of school life. Our cultural landscape includes:
NZ European 32% Maori 8% Chinese 15% Indian 7%
Pasifika 7% South African 14% Asian -Other 7% Other 10%
The HPS Curriculum focuses on building learning focused relationships within the first four weeks of each school year. Teachers are actively encouraged to be culturally responsive to learners needs and to ensure learning environments reflect and value the diversity of their learners. Parents are encouraged to contribute and add value during this time.
Maori Culture at HPS:
Maori have a unique position in the cultural make-up of New Zealand. At HPS teachers have worked strategically with a specialist facilitator to ensure we are best equipped to meet the learning needs of our Maori students. The implementation of this development has been focused on:
- Culture Counts – knowing, respecting and valuing Māori students, where they come from and building on what they bring with them.
- Productive Partnerships – Māori students, whānau, hapū, iwi and educators sharing knowledge and expertise with each other to produce better mutual outcomes.
HPS Staff have had regular Te Reo and Tikanga Maori workshops which culminated in a day hui at Tahawai Marae. This gave staff a chance to practise their new knowledge and skills in context through powhiri, waiata, karakia, flax weaving and a haka wahine. HPS Leadership is invested in fostering deeper cultural understandings that value and celebrate the Treaty of Waitangi.
HPS Montessori Academy
A two teacher Montessori Academy operates within the school with support from the Montessori Trust. The HPS Montessori Academy aims to provide and promote an education, inspired by the Montessori philosophy, which nurtures in the child a lifelong love of learning through self discovery. We aim to provide an education for the development of the whole child where activities promote the development of cognitive skills, of social skills, of emotional growth and also physical coordination.
Children at in the Montessori Academy work, learn and progress at their own pace and have individualised learning plans. The teacher’s guide and encourage the children responding to each child’s unique learning style.
Within our large multi-staged classroom, our two teachers work with the 6 – 9 and 9 to 11 year old groupings. Our classrooms have a wide range of specialised Montessori resources and materials. There is a strong emphasis on providing a peaceful and orderly environment which enhances the children’s ability to learn.