The Learning Environment
We are committed to developing students who are self-managing critical thinkers and are committed to providing flexible learning environments. We are about to undertake a wide-scale building programme that will allow for modern, adaptable spaces and expected roll growth. A new Middle School building is due to open in 2021.
We seek to ensure that our learning programmes are relevant and engaging for our 21st-century learners. The eight essential learning areas are integrated into exciting and meaningful ways where possible. There is a strong focus on collaborative learning and teaching and ‘mahi tahi/working together within the school and with outside partners.
Student voice is valued as part of the planning process. There is a focus on inquiry learning and the development of the key competencies thinking skills. We seek to provide learning programmes that are responsive to need, passions, and interests.
Students today are digital natives. It is imperative that the digital classroom is part of their digital lives. We are committed to eLearning and developing responsible digital citizenship.
There is an expectation that all students will have their own device for use in the classroom. The preferred device in Years 7-10 is a Chromebrook.
A wide range of co-curricular activities is on offer at Hillmorton. We encourage students to get involved in the wider life of the school.
Middle school students have the opportunity to experience a wide range of co-curricular activities. These include sport and culture.
Students are able to be involved in cultural activities such as theatre sports, ensembles, choir, dance, and Showquest.
Students as part of their programme are involved in a variety of learning experiences outside the classroom.
Students Years 7-8 participate in intermediate sport at Hagley or in school-based sports programmes. Leadership opportunities abound in this environment such as Middle School Council and the opportunity to serve in a number of other leadership roles, Librarians, Open Night guides, and Technical Crew.
Key Features of Year 7 and 8