Victoria and Hayley trained at St. Werburgh’s Park Nursery School. They now blog about their experiences.
Their latest post looks at Balmoral Primary school in Mount Eden, New Zealand.
Balmoral is a decile 9 (schools are graded 1-10. 1 being the most disadvantaged) primary school in Mount Eden, New Zealand. It is an unusually large primary and intermediate school with 850 children, ranging from ages 5-13. The size was not the only unique attribute to Balmoral. The school has devised its own model for learning which comprises of the following components: Balmoral Habits, Numeracy and Literacy, Rich Tasks, Philosophy For Children, and Learning about Learning. Balmoral provide students with a ‘rich, motivational and challenging learning environment’, preparing students for future learning. From our brief visit we could see that the Balmoral model was at the heart of the school and the reason it looked and felt like an exceptional setting.