Mission Statement:

To create a positive learning environment that supports every child’s well-being and achievement’



    Students learn best when they feel accepted, when they enjoy positive relationships with their fellow students and teachers, and when they are able to be active, visible members of the learning community.  Effective teachers foster positive relationships within environments that are caring, inclusive, non-discriminatory, and cohesive.

    NZC page 34

A child’s hauora is changing and can change across the school day.  As a school we contribute to a child’s hauroa to support and contribute with a range of tools or (Winds of Wellness).

We aspire to nurture our HAUORA for our tamariki, our whānau, ourselves and our community

Winds of Wellness:  

Major components of Hauora:

Hauora is a Māori philosophy of health unique to Aotearoa.  There is an abundance of research around health and wellbeing, at Whanganui East School it is important that we base our knowledge and research on the work of Professor Sir Mason Durie and “Whare Tapa Wha” model.

Taha tinana (the physical dimension)
Physical wellbeing as well as the physical body, its growth, development, and ability to move, and ways of caring for it.

Taha hinengaro (the mental dimension)
Mental and emotional wellbeing including coherent thinking processes, acknowledging and expressing thoughts and feelings, and responding constructively.

Taha whānau (the family dimension)
Social wellbeing exploring family relationships, friendships, and other interpersonal relationships; feelings of belonging, compassion, and caring; and social support.

Taha wairua (the spiritual dimension)
Spiritual wellbeing and the values and beliefs that determine the way people live, the search for meaning and purpose in life, and personal identity and self-awareness. (For some individuals and communities, spiritual wellbeing is linked to a particular religion; for others, it is not.)

Each of these four dimensions of hauora influences and supports the others.

Major Components of Mana Potential:  

A strengths based tool for supporting children's emotional and learning needs  (It’s about Mana - potential, influence and opportunity)- 

Ko Wai Au:

Restorative Practice: 

Is a relational approach to managing school life grounded in beliefs about equality, dignity, mana and the potential of all students.  

Positive Culture for Learning:

Consistent approach to supporting appropriate behaviour choices, based on establishing respectful relationships through:


WES Teaching and Learning Programme

Creating a supportive Learning Environment by:

Encouraging reflective thought and action by:

Facilitating Shared Learning by:

Providing sufficient opportunities to learn by:

Reflection, inquiry and problem solving by:

Given supportive conditions, teacher learning can dramatically influence student achievement, critical thinking, self regulation, sense of identity, and ability to relate to each other and contribute to the community.

Strengthening Student Leadership

Is achieved through diverse opportunities for students