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Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC)

Kaitoke School is proud to offer a substantial and engaging EOTC programme, which includes things like beach clean-ups, camps, gardening and work with the Department of Conservation and Envirokiwi. The goal of EOTC is to provide students with opportunities to learn in different environments and develop a range of skills and competencies that may not be easily taught in the classroom. EOTC experiences can help students to build confidence, resilience, teamwork, and leadership skills, as well as to develop an appreciation for the natural and cultural environment. EOTC is seen as a valuable way to engage students in learning and broaden their educational experiences.

Learn more about EnviroKiwi here.

Kaitoke School Claris students on the beach

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

Kaitoke school is proudly a PB4L school. PB4L stands for "Positive Behaviour for Learning," a New Zealand-based program aimed at promoting positive behaviour and wellbeing in schools. The program is based on the belief that all students have the right to learn in a safe and supportive environment, and that positive behaviour is key to achieving this.


PB4L provides a framework for schools to develop and implement strategies that promote positive behaviour, such as teaching social and emotional skills, setting clear expectations and boundaries, and providing opportunities for student voice and leadership. The program has been widely adopted across New Zealand and has shown positive results in improving student behaviour, engagement, and academic achievement.

Kaitoke School Claris students doing maths in class


We are an Enviroschool, which means we are a part of a nationwide program in New Zealand that promotes environmental sustainability and education.


As an Enviroschool, Kaitoke School has a strong focus on sustainable practices and environmental stewardship. The school community is encouraged to take an active role in promoting sustainable practices, such as recycling, composting, and reducing waste. Students are also encouraged to participate in hands-on learning experiences, such as planting and caring for native plants, and learning about local ecosystems and wildlife.


By participating in the Enviroschool program, Kaitoke School is not only educating students about environmental sustainability but also fostering a sense of responsibility and care for the natural world.

Kaitoke School Claris students smiling at camera on a ropes course

Localised Curriculum

Kaitoke school is proud to be developing a strong localised curriculum based on the needs of our tamariki. In Aotearoa New Zealand, a localised curriculum refers to a curriculum that is designed to reflect the unique cultural identity, language, and values of a particular community or region. This approach is based on the principle of "ako," which recognises that learning is a reciprocal process that involves the learner, the teacher, and the wider community. A localised curriculum allows schools and communities to develop their own curriculum, tailored to their needs and priorities.


Our curriculum is being developed in collaboration with local iwi and hapu and other community groups, and incorporates local knowledge, history, and language. This approach ensures our education system is more inclusive and culturally responsive, and that learners are more engaged and motivated to learn.

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