Aspiring to Personal Excellence through Knowing Connecting Relating Supporting The Takapuna Grammar School Learner Read More Takapuna Grammar seeks to produce a life-long learner who is: Challenged to academic and personal excellence A critical, creative and reflective learner A motivated life-long learner A connected and global citizen A participator and contributor Academically successful, striving for top level formal qualifications and continually being challenged to gain success in a wide range of contexts Well rounded, fully involved in sporting, cultural and musical activities inside and outside the school Socially responsible, actively supportive of other students and of members of the wider community A global citizen, appreciating of other cultures, political and economic systems and New Zealand‘s place in the world as an independent and bicultural nation Capable in a wide range of skills, able to move beyond school and to continue to be successful, involved and a life-long learner The history of Takapuna Grammar School is characterised by a focus on academic achievement and personal excellence. This focus continues today and underpins the future direction of the school. Takapuna Grammar School's priority is quality teaching and learning. It is the aspiration for personal excellence that motivates the programmes offered by our school, enabling all students to take the opportunity to realise their potential. The commitment to academic excellence has enabled the school to realise outstanding academic performance, both nationally and internationally. The Takapuna Grammar School Teaching and Learning Pedagogy Read More The Learning Behaviours of a Takapuna Grammar School Student: Behaviours are "how" students learn. The behaviours needed by a Takapuna Grammar School student to become a life-long-learner are: K KNOWING Understanding how learning happens (metacognition). C CONNECTING Building understanding on what has already been learned from other people, contexts and experiences. R RELATING Applying prior learning to make and create links in other contexts and to solve problems creatively. S SUPPORTING Being an active participant in a positive and collaborative learning environment that supports diversity and others’ viewpoints. Staff will teach and model a range of strategies that will enable students to develop these learning behaviours. The behaviours will be applied in a learning context; for example, a subject. These learning contexts will also be rich in knowledge - the "what" of learning. Knowledge; the acquisition and possession of information, of fact, of history, of experience, is the foundation stone for effective teaching and learning.Each learning context will also develop the values and competencies that the school promotes. The Teaching Behaviours of a Takapuna Grammar School teacher: All teachers at Takapuna Grammar should be seeking to: Support students to be lifelong learners Employ a pedagogy around the learning behaviours of knowing, supporting, connecting and relating Teach and model a range of strategies that will enable students to develop these learning behaviours Plan and create learning contexts with clear content, skills and values Establish high expectations and enable personal excellence Pedagogy is "how” teachers teach. The pedagogical behaviours of a Takapuna Grammar School teacher should be: K KNOWING Understanding how students learn. Deeply knowing the content, skills and values of their own learning area. C CONNECTING Constructing learning around what students have already learned from other people, contexts and experiences. R RELATING Creating links into other contexts from which students can apply their prior learning to solve problems creatively. S SUPPORTING Creating a positive and collaborative learning environment that acknowledges diversity, individual needs and encourages cooperative learning.