Fernlea School Curriculum

At Fernlea School we work hard to deliver a curriculum that meets the needs and interests of our students. Our Fernlea School curriculum incorporates our school values and focuses on creating independent engaged learners who strive for personal excellence.

We have an inquiry approach to learning where students develop the knowledge and the skills to access information from a variety of sources.

Mathematics and English form the basis of our curriculum and we work hard to teach these using real-life contexts.

Promoting Positive Behaviour

The Fernlea School community works together in a respectful way to create and maintain a safe and supportive environment that reflect our values and promotes teaching and learning.

If a student does not follow one of the school behaviour expectations, they may be placed on ‘STEP’. The child will be asked the following questions:

1. What were you thinking when you……?

2. How does the other person feel about your actions?

3. What are you going to do to put this right?

4. What are you going to do to make sure this does not happen again?

They are asked to complete a behaviour form to take home and discuss with their parents/ caregivers. Our processes are based on restorative practices where the focus is on accountability for the behaviours and learning from mistakes.

School Behaviour Expectations


Treat others with respect

Treat property with respect

Put rubbish in the bin

Tell the truth

Show kindness

Look out for others


Return belongings to the correct place

If you make a mistake, own up.

Take responsibility for your actions

Use scooters or skate boards in the correct place

Be sun smart and wear your hat during terms one and four.

Stay within school grounds

Stay sitting while eating


Communicate appropriately

Listen to others

Can do attitude

Try your best

Kapa Haka

All students take part in a Kapa Haka programme with Whaea Louana on Fridays. This programme introduces students to te ao Maori (the world of Maori) through waiata, Haka and dance.