2022 - 2024 Strategic Plan Variation

Our analysis of variation contains updates to our strategic goals for 2022 to 2024.

Our current strategic plan includes the following goals and actions that we wish to carry out between 2022 to 2024. The following amendments demonstrate how these goals and actions will be implemented.

1. We will offer a 21st Century education for 21st Century leaders

1.1 Develop a multidisciplinary approach to education within Taranaki Diocesan.
– Added a financial literacy component to the Futures programme.
– As part of the 2023 ERO-led curriculum review explore the potential to teach inter-disciplinary subjects.

1.2 Create learning spaces that encourage collaboration and creativity.
– Students take ownership of learning spaces.
– Break out spaces around Lewis Building classrooms.
– Classroom set up designed to enhance connected learning.

1.3 Implement a learning focus on life skills to complement the course content.
– Loves me not program for Year 12 students.
– Development of financial literacy programs for seniors.
– All seniors engage with Health & Safety and First Aid training.

1.4 Link critical thinking to cultural awareness.
– Teachers use local contexts in their teaching programs.
– Focus on Kāhui Ako achievement challenge – cultural capacity – through Within School Lead (running of Reo Roopu Māori Language class for staff).
– Students have awareness of global challenges and how to support others to address these.

1.5 Use digital literacy to enhance learner agency.
– Expansion of use of Schoology to make learning more connected.
– Remote learning days to embed skills of learner agency Digital review for 2023 – are there other platforms that will serve our needs better than the current one?
– Teacher support for students on distance learning through Schoology.

1.6 Grow the capabilities and efficacy of the NZ Curriculum Key Competencies within our students.
– Teachers specifically teach the key competencies of thinking, relating to others, using language, symbols & text, managing self and participating & contributing.
– Curriculum foci of literacy and numeracy, digital literacy and collaboration.

2. We will grow global citizens who are connected to Te Ao Māori through Te Tiriti o Waitangi

2.1 Engage with our whānau and iwi to develop a learner centred education model.
– Connections with Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Ruanui and W’akaa’urangi Marae.
– All families invited to parent teacher conferences. 

2.2 Develop a campus environment that affirms Māori as Māori.
– Whole school kapa haka.
– Junior Te Reo Māori taught as a specific subject.
– Teachers participating in school pōwhiri, whole school kapa haka, and staff kapa haka.

2.3 Enhance our learning goals around our local curriculum.
Connected with W’akaa’urangi Marae to share stories and learning (St Mary’s Day workshops on harakeke and poi).

2.4 Embed Te Reo and Tikanga Māori into everyday practice.
Whole school kapa haka.
– Year 9 Te Reo Māori rotation.
– Year 10 Te Reo Māori option.
– Whole school haka pōwhiri at prize giving.
– Recognition of importance through development of Māori name for the school.

2.5 Offer opportunities for students to connect beyond the boundaries of Taranaki Diocesan.
– Year 13 trip to Wellington. 
– Leaders to GRIP.
– Leadership connections to local primary schools.
– Barbara Kuriger youth leadership day.
– BP Business Challenge.
– Taranaki Science Fair.
– TSSSA events.
– School teams competing in local sporting competitions.

2.6 Implement environmentally sustainable practices for all resourcing.
– Exploring EOTC via KAMAR to reduce paper usage.
– Encouragement for teachers and support staff to use digital forms.
– Trialing of NZQA digital examinations.
– Digital assessment submissions encouraged.

3.We will cultivate our students’ connection with all sectors of their community, encouraging them to actively seek opportunities to serve, lead, collaborate and learn

3.1 Collaborate with external organisations to develop immersive opportunities for Taranaki Diocesan students to flourish.
– Students engaging in vocational programmes through WITT.
– Students engaging in agriculture and equine programmes through the Primary ITO.
– Students enrolled in the Accelerator programme.
– Students connecting with the Whyora programme.

3.2 Contribute to the local community, so that we become a valued and visible presence.
– Drama sessions at local primary schools.
– Fund raise/support local charities (e.g. women’s refuge).
– Junior activities week connections with local enterprises.
– Establishment of a YES programme in senior Business Studies.

3.3 Create a safe and inclusive boarding environment that will enhance a student’s capacity to self-manage, relate to others, and to connect with our community.
– Matron training days.
– Access to Restorative training professional development.
– Re-engage with NZ Board Schools Association after Covid hiatus.

3.4 Develop and support a vibrant Alumni community to enhance connectivity and contribution to Taranaki Diocesan.
– Establishment of a Taranaki Diocesan Foundation.
– Re-connection to the Old Girls Network.
– Development of an alumni association.

4. We will embrace opportunities to challenge, nurture and empower every student at Taranaki Diocesan to embrace our Christian Faith and be confident, resilient and aspirational

4.1 Provide an authentic Christian experience that links to our Anglican traditions through the exploration of the Five Marks of Mission.
– Connections with local and national charities. 
– Appointment of a Reverend Kim Wright as the new school chaplain.
– Closer connections to Holy Trinity parish and missioner.

4.2 Invite our school community to be curious and engaged in their spiritual journey.
– Whole school community services.
– Whole school community Christmas service.
– Whānau and family invited to school events (sporting events, cultural events, award ceremonies).

4.3 Explore opportunities for individual students to develop their leadership strengths to enhance their confidence and resilience whilst contributing to their community.
– Added new councils for 2023 that allow involvement at all year levels.
– GRIP Leadership Forum for school leaders.
– Barbara Kuriger Youth Leadership Day for Year 10 students.

4.4 Use positive education philosophies to enhance the well-being of our community through the lens of restorative practice.
– Reengage with Marg Thorsborne around Restorative Practice training.
– New deans participated in professional development targeting relationships with learners.

4.5 Encourage involvement in sporting and cultural activities to support good health and well-being.
– “Be Active Box” activities at lunchtimes
– Swing set available for all students during day school and after school
– TSSSA sporting event participation
– Boarding house activities
– Boarding house activities coordinator position established for 2023
– Change in focus for Swimming and Athletic sports days from competition to participation.