2012 National Schools of Character Awards winner


Pomaria Primary School

Pomaria Primary School is a decile 2, contributing school in West Auckland. It has a roll of 502 students comprised of 28% Maori, 44% Pacific Island, 15% European, 12% Asian and 1% other.

The principal reports that since introducing character education in 2008 there has been huge shift student behaviour both in the classroom and the playground. Students have become more accepting of others. There has been a marked improvement in relationships between staff and students. The students’ attitude towards learning has improved. The school culture has been enhanced.

In the five years since introduction of character education there has not been a single stand down or critical incident report written.

There has also been very positive feed back from community. Parents have been supportive of character education and the staff members are spending more time on teaching and less time on behaviour issues.

Recently the principal received this letter from a member of the public:

I would like to express my delight in seeing your 'Young Leaders' and their teachers on their trip to Wellington this week. Coincidentally I was on the both of their flights,

I travel to Wellington frequently.

They were beautifully behaved children and did exactly what was asked of them.

As a mother of a 17 and a 15 year old and having supported their teachers on numerous school trips I have some idea about how difficult it can be.

You can be very proud of them. Please pass this message on to them and their fabulous teachers.

The principal says that character education has become an important contributor to the safe and emotional environment for students.

Other schools frequently visit Pomaria to explore and learn about the implementation of intentional character education.

As Maori and Pacific Islanders are the ethnicity at Pomaria emphasis is given to the Maori concepts of Turangawaewae, Whanaunatanga, Manaakitanga and Matauranga.

The school participates in a number of community service projects.

In December 2011 the Education Review Office reported:

Students are well engaged in learning and benefit from an extensive range of curriculum, leadership, cultural and co-curricular learning opportunities. Children’s engagement in learning is supported by an inclusive school culture underpinned by the cornerstone values of matauranga, turangawaewae, manakitanga and whanaungatanga. These values provide a strong foundation for the holistic development of the Pomaria learner.

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