This is an exciting initiative at Hāwera High School for Year 9 and 10 students who wish to be involved in an innovative curriculum based on developing learners, leaders and change-makers who use knowledge meaningfully across English, Mathematics, Science and Social studies, as well as in the Arts, Technology, Hauora and Te reo me ona tikanga.

The Te Wera is designed to focus on the following 8 values in the New Zealand Curriculum.

Courses to engage and inspire

Students in the Te Wera programme will study a programme of learning as a cohesive whole, instead of the traditional English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. This new course includes the same curriculum skills as for the four core subjects. The lens of the Te Wera programme will be focusing on the Environment and our local community.

The ‘Exponential Age’ and 21st Century Learning

Plastic waste, green-house gasses, seabed mining, melting polar ice-caps. Our students are entering a different world to that of their parents and teachers; a world where protecting and sustaining our environment has to take priority. This is a world which requires new learning opportunities, opportunities where students take the initiative in their learning, collaborate with

others and communicate clearly across multiple media platforms. The essence of Te Wera aims to offer our students just this; a flexible programme where the learning enables our students to think outside the norms and challenge themselves, whilst at the same time highlighting the importance of where they live, where they are from and who they are.

8 Values which will be encouraged, modelled and explored in this innovative programme:


By aiming high and by persevering in the face of difficulties



By thinking critically, creatively and reflectively



As found in our different cultures, languages and heritages



Through fairness and social justice




For the common good



Which includes care for the environment



Which involves being honest, responsible, accountable and acting ethically



For themselves, others and human rights

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