Caring for Our Learners

At OrmPS our first priority is the well-being of our learners. Each of our learners has an enrolment interview with our Leader of Learning so that we are better able to meet learning needs. This interview is all about getting to know each learner, their interests and to establish a partnership with their family.

In 2015, each learner will be in one of two habitats: Habitat 1 is our senior habitat and Habitat 2 is our junior habitat. Each learner is assigned to a “Hapu” leader who is responsible for their pastoral care, monitoring their academic progress and the “Hapu” leader is the point of contact for parents. Each “Hapu” is viewed as a ‘subtribe’ of a habitat and each “hapu” will have a mixture of learners at different ages to encourage support and care for each other. We will endeavour to keep learners in their “hapu” for at least 2 years, if not more.

In addition to this ongoing pastoral care, we will provide and/or access a variety of services. Please see the content below.

Medical

We will have access to a public health nurse at OrmPS. Find out more here. Mrs. Doidge will provide first aid if needed at the office. We will also have vision/hearing checks. You will have completed an enrolment form with all the necessary details. At age 5 children have Tympanometry, audiometry and vision tested and can be referred for further testing if required.

Dental

OrmPS will have access to the Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS) which provides free care for pre-school children who have been enrolled with the service at ARDS clinics throughout greater Auckland. The service also operates from mobile clinics around the region for learners in Years 1-8. If your child starts school and is not already registered with ARDS, you will receive a form as part of the school enrolment process.

Ormi Kids

Our after school programme is called “Ormi Kids”. We are fortunate to have the wonderful team from Jttn Charitable Trust join OrmPS for our after school care programme. They will be providing a personalised programme for our learners who require care after the learning day ends. Ormi Kids staff are an experienced team who create a fun and supportive atmosphere. More information available on their website.

PB4L

OrmPS is a Positive Behaviour for Learning school (PB4L). We have high expectations for our learners. We strive to involve our parents, whānau, learners and Learning Coaches in supporting positive behaviour and promoting Learners’ achievement and well-being. Our school values and principles underpin the development of our Learners’ Behaviour Expectations. PB4L is a systematic and long term initiative that we are committed to, see Ministry of Education Link.

Digital Technologies

We live in an exciting and digital world and we all staff, students, and the wider community, have a responsibility to model acceptable behaviours as successful citizens. We will be a device rich school where learners will have daily access to iPads, Chromebooks, laptops and desktops. In addition, we encourage all learners to bring their own device. Please see our Responsible Use Agreement for more details.

Sustainability

We will endeavour to be an environmentally neutral school. We will have a ‘nudefood’ (litterless lunch) programme and encourage all of the learners within our zone to participate in our Walking School Bus. Our building has a Green Star Rating. In 2015, we will be exploring other initiatives such as ‘Enviroschools’, food gardens, native plants, composting, worm farms and a naturalized playground.

Ministry of Education Support

The Ministry of Education (MOE) provide additional services to meet the needs of some learners. These learners may be identified by their Learning Coaches as requiring additional resources or support so they can achieve within the New Zealand Curriculum.

If these learners have high and very high needs they are likely to be supported either by verification through the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS), or by the Behaviour and/or the Communication Services.

Learners who have been identified by their Learning Coaches as requiring adaptations and/or differentiations to help them participate and learn within their habitat may be eligible for extra support such as Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB), Resource Teachers: Literacy (RT: Lit) or Speech-language therapy (also known as communication services)