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Celebrating diversity. Celebrating achievement.

Our Mission

Celebrating Achievement, Celebrating Diversity

We prepare our learners for their futures. No matter what life or career path they ultimately choose, we know they will need to:

  • Collaborate with others
  • Solve problems
  • Be culturally competent
  • Be confident with language (literate) and numbers (numerate)
  • Think critically
  • Communicate well
  • Be lifelong learners

These are the skills and mindsets we strive to prepare Ilam School students with, through opportunities to achieve their individual best.

Our Vision

The whole Ilam School community developed this vision, a forward-looking blueprint for every student we are entrusted with:

I Belong/ Kua Whai Turangawaewae Au
Our students are secure in themselves. They are proud of their own identity, but they also respect the identity of others, regardless of gender, ethnicity or religion. They have the ability and skills to effectively communicate with and seek to understand people from other cultures. They collaborate and co-operate. They demonstrate kindness, care, and concern for other people, their community and their environment.

I Explore/Ka Whakatewhatewha Au
Our students are curious learners. They use a range of thinking strategies to solve problems. They are encouraged to be innovative and creative. They can be adventurous and take risks with their learning. They understand that learning happens everywhere.

I Question / Ka urupounamu Au
Our students think for themselves. They ask ‘What if?’ They ask informed questions and actively seek the thoughts of others. They endeavour to understand why they are thinking a particular thought. They build trust in order to ask good questions and debate with each other. They have the confidence to share their opinions whilst actively listening to differing opinions. 

I Strive / Ka Whakarīrā Au
Our students do their best. They have a ‘can do’ attitude. They aim high and work diligently to achieve personal excellence. They have a positive outlook to learning and show grit to overcome challenges. They have a growth mindset and confidently take risks. They reflect on their own learning and seek feedback in order to improve. 

I Give Back / Ka Takoha Au
Our students contribute. They make a positive difference to their various communities, no matter their age. They share their skills, leadership and experience. They willingly help others.

Our Values

Values can be described as “beliefs about what is important or desirable.” They are expressed in the ways people speak and act. 

The Ilam School values encourage our children to reflect on their behaviour and how they interact with others. They are woven throughout the daily curriculum and are discussed both inside and outside the classroom.

Our four values are being:
Respectful kia whakaute
Kind kia aroha
Positive kia pono
Safe kia haumaru


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