At Alphabet Academy we aim to provide a safe, secure and caring environment, filled with opportunities for children to explore their own and others unique cultural identities. Children will be in a setting where they can be challenged, creative and expressive.
We believe that each child is a unique gift from God (Psalm 127:3) who bring their own set of knowledge and experiences to the centre. Children are encouraged to explore, grow and learn at their own pace. Teachers are respectful and sensitive to their needs recognising they are unique and are all at different stages of their development. Teachers will show kotahitanga when working with children by role modelling reciprocal learning and teaching. Teachers are respectful and sensitive to their needs and empower children to expand their God-given gifts and talents. Education will not only include content matter but will also include role modelling, support and empowerment of its members.
Christian values and virtues are important in our centre as we encourage children to learn and grow in faith in God. Children are encouraged to show manaakitanga with their peers and teachers, reciprocally. God’s love and Christian values are embedded in every part of the programme, as we believe that when children are instilled with the knowledge of love and value, they have the opportunity to grow responsibly and learn they are capable of doing great things (Philippians 4:13). We aim to explore our Christian beliefs alongside Māori values and concepts.
We respect Māori as tangata whenua and commit to upholding Te tiriti o Waitangi, especially in relation to our local communities, cultural heritage and history. We will use our knowledge of the treaty to create a strong bi-cultural partnership and harmony within the centre. We will reflect cultural aspects of Māori and those families from other cultures within our centre through language, arts, crafts, and songs, incorporating te reo Māori into everyday learning. No matter who you are or where you are from, love and care will be the first thing you receive. By working with Te Whāriki, New Zealand’s Early Childhood Curriculum we strive to “promote te reo and nga tikanga Māori, making them visible and affirming their values for children from all cultural backgrounds.”
It is important for us to build whanaungatanga by working collaboratively with our whānau, building strong relationships that strengthen, support and encourage. As teachers we aim to encourage and support the hopes, dreams and aspirations whānau have for their children, and we encourage our whānau to share their wealth of knowledge with us so that we may achieve the best learning outcomes for their children.
Our aspirations for our children are based on a phrase from Te Whāriki, “for children to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.”
At the very heart of Alphabet Academy Cloverlea is this old Māori saying:
He aha te mea nui?
He tangata. He tangata. He Tangata.
What is the most important thing?
The people. The people. The people.