Extension programmes

Matakana School - An Inclusive School Approach

All schools have the obligation to recognise and respond to the diverse needs of their students. This includes students who are not achieving, students who are at risk of not achieving and those who have special education needs. Schools must also develop and implement teaching and learning strategies to address these needs. This applies just as much to students who struggle to read as it does to those with obvious disabilities or who are gifted and talented.

We provide a range of extension programmes within the school. We also arrange several workshops throughout the year which might involve visitors or visits out of school.

School Leaders

To be positive role models who exemplify the Matakana Magic ethos for all our school students. To have a group of mature, responsible and reliable students able to work cooperatively with the school Management Team to continuously improve our school. A school  leader is a communication link between the pupils and the teachers. This is important in our school because it gives the students a voice. They arrange and help with school events such as parent evenings and special school functions/activities. To become a school leader they need to show interest in the school as well as displaying good behaviour and responsibility. They get a chance to become a school leader in year six.  

House Leaders

Year 6 students  who have been identified with leadership potential are given the training and the opportunity to build on skills pertaining to a good leader. These students are given opportunities to develop their organisation, comparing, communication, and cooperative skills. They organise and run house assemblies, games sessions at morning tea once a week, fundraising activities and support adults in running school events. These students are also peer mediators and understand their position as role models.

Technicians

Ten technicians take a leadership role in running the sound, lighting during any assembly gathering. They are rostered on a weekly timetable and are available to support other teachers on an on call basis.

The Technician’s are expected to create and design slideshows for events and assemblies.

Peer Mediators

This presents opportunities for year 6 students to develop a more mature practice of empathy. As well as leadership skills, the importance of demonstrating good role models to younger students, putting the needs of others before your own free time and skills of organisation and working in co-operation with others.

Class Councillors

Year 6 are given the opportunity to be a part of the class council. This develops responsibility and leadership skills. Class councillors meet with classes three times per term. The class councilors then meet, discuss ideas, decide what ideas they would like to pursue and come up with an action plan for getting these ideas happening.

Information Centre Techs

Year 5 students are given the opportunity to take on responsibility and build leadership skills as the info centre techs at lunchtime. These monitors are in charge of running the information centre at lunchtimes, overseeing people in the information centre, issuing books and reading stories to younger students.

We have two Head Information Centre Techs. They are both year 6’s who demonstrated exceptional qualities when running the Information Center the previous year as a year 5. Their role is to oversee the year 5’s and to be there to support them during lunch times. Lisa Bindon is inquiring into librarian courses for these students.  

Year 5 and 6 responsibilities

In the senior school each class has certain responsibilities.

These include:  Shop duty, student receptionist, running of the sports shed, emptying paper bins, composting and organising sports gear in classes.

All Year 5 student responsibilities are recognised and tracked for leadership potential in and opportunities in Year 6.

Yummy monitors

Year 5 students, on a weekly basis collect yummy stickers from classes. Last year Yummy monitors raised $1063 for the purchase of sports gear for the school.

Young Writers Competition

 

As writing competitions arise, children are given the opportunity to participate.

 

Matakana All Stars

Students are given the opportunity to showcase their skills in from of the school. They take on a personal development journey.

School/Class Assemblies

A chance for students to organise and perform in front of school in terms of acting, drama, music and compere skills.

Information centre

The information centre is an interactive area for students to take their learning further. Lisa Bindon continuously makes changes and improvements to the information centre and she purchases new and exciting materials for the students.

Lisa has ensured students can issue more books over the holidays.  

Concert Choir

A chance for our singers to be trained by Dianne Morgan. She takes a special concert choir group as well as teaching year 3 to 6 students how to sing.

Kapa Haka

A chance for our students to immerse themselves in Maori culture, build performance skills and demonstrate their leadership skills. This is a substantial cost and commitment by the school as we release two teachers to run this programme. Year 4-6 students choose to participate and Year 3 Maori and Pasifika students may join 1 year earlier and further extend their cultural engagement in and understanding of te reo, tikanga and protocols.

Travel Wise Ambassadors

TravelWise Ambassadors are given the opportunity in leadership, to extend their skills in organisation and management. They are examples of  positive role models for the younger children and they provide activities for others to be involved in while having fun and being mindful of Road Safety and Sustainable Travel options.  

Mahurangi Lit Competition

High achieving and widely read year 5 to 6 children go to compete against other students from different schools in the area. A chance to share and collaborate on their knowledge of books.

Radio Crew 

Each year four students are selected to be Radio DJ's, they work together to plan live broadcasting shows during school hours. The DJ's undergo training at the start of the year, however, most of their experience is gained on the job.

 

 Lunchtime clubs

Music, Ukulele, Chess, Kapa Haka, Book club.