Hillsborough Primary School

Grow Learners and Develop Citizens.

Our School

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Our Vision

Grow Learners and Develop Citizens

Our Mission Statement

Aim: We will shape and grow our students to think critically, connect, learn and participate, by providing opportunities to

  • Investigate
  • Collaborate
  • Create
  • Communicate


These transferable skills will allow students to work wit and alongside others now and in the future.

We will develop citizens by teaching students how to

  • Show Kindness
  • Make Positive Choices
  • Challenge Themselves

These behaviours will give our students a sense of belonging, where all students see themselves as a contributing citizen with the opportunity to participate positvely with others in the life of our school community.

Our Learning Skills

What we want for our young people

NZC Vision for New Zealand's young people who participate in our school system.

Confident:: Positive in their own identity, Motivated and reliable and Resilient.

Connected:: Relate well with others, Use communication tools effectively and Connect to the land and environment

Actively Involved: Participate in a range of life opportunities and Contributors to the well being of New Zealand.

Lifelong Learners: Literate and numerate, Critical, creative thinkers, Seekers, users creators and judges of knowledge, Informed decision makers.

HPS Vision of the qualities our students will leave Hillsborough Primary with, as a result of learning and living in our school and its community.

We use four Learning Skills and the Habits of Mind to help shape, support and grow our students to think, connect, learn and participate.


  • Let's find out - What do we want to know? Use our learning; How are we going to find out?
  • Explore for a purpose - Question. Learn more. Pay attention to the world around you.
  • Finding answers to questions - Ask questions. Use what you know. Find information.


  • Let's think and work together. Learn from each other. Team work.
  • Work well with others. Listen and understand others. Use what we know and work together.
  • Working together on a common purpose. Bring ideas together. Work as a team.


Let's use what we know to make something. Use our learning. Be clear. Try different ways.

Develop new ideas. Stick to the task. Try different ways. Think about what to do next.

Making our ideas come to life. Design, plan, make, evaluate, modify


Let's share a message. Share what you know. Be clear

Share our thoughts and learning with the wider world

Listen and understand others. Understand our learning. Be clear and accurate

Sharing ideas and information with others. Consider my audience. Be clear


Values are ... the principles and fundamental convictions which act as general guides to behaviour, the standards by which particular actions are judged as good or desirable.

NZC - values to be encouraged, modelled, and explored.

Excellence - aiming high, persevering

Innovation, inquiry and curiosity - thinking critically, creatively, reflexibly

Diversity - cultures, languages, heritages

Equity - fairness and social justice

Community and Participation - for the common good

Ecological sustainability - care for the environment

Integrity - being honest, responsible, accountible, ethical


The Values that make up a Hillsborough Citizen and that drive our Positive Behaviour for Learning approach school wide.

The following three values were agreed upon through extensive staff and community engagement.  These values are highlighted at Hillsborough Primary School; behaviours are taught explicitly and rewarded.


Help others, use kind words, take care of each other, think about how others feel, take turns, use our manners, listen to everyone, be welcoming to all visitors, show care for our environment.


Take care of school property, share information to keep us safe, fix our mistakes, be a good role model, speak up, follow the rules, put things in the right place, do the right thing, make great choices


come to school with a positive attitude, be ready for learning, open for all opportunities, persevere, don't give up, do more than expected, learning from mistakes, pickup ourselves up and have another go, try new things.


NZC - Curriculum practice is underpinned by, and consistent with, the following actions.

HIGH EXPECTATIONS - The curriculum supports and empowers all students to learn and achieve personal excellence, regardless of their individual circumstances.

LEARNING TO LEARN - The curriculum encourages students to look to the future by exploring such significant future-focused issues as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise, and globalisation.

INCLUSION- The curriculum is non-sexist, and non-discriminatory; it ensues that students identities, languages, abilities and talents are recognised and affirmed and that their learning needs are addressed.

TREATY OF WAITANGI - The curriculum acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand. All students hae the opportunity to acquire knowledge of te reo Maori me ona tikanga.

CULTURAL DIVERSITY - The curriculum reflects New Zealand's cultural diversity and values the histories and traditions of all its people.

The curriculum offers all students a broad education that makes links within and across learning areas, provides for coherent transitions, and opens up pathways to further learning.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - The curriculum has meaning for students, connects with their wider lives, and engages the support of their families, whanau, and communities.


Principles are evident when the following actions are seen in our practice at Hillsborough Primary School.

We will provide an environment of high expectation, where children and staff attain the best level of learning possible.

Children and staff have an appreciation and understanding through ongoing professional development of staff which reflects our changing world, will give our children an appreciation and understanding of being global citizens.

All children and staff will be given the opportunity to learn in a safe, inclusive environment.

We will encourage our children and staff to acknowledge and respect Tikanga Maori, capturing the spirit and intent of the Treat Waitangi.

We recognise, celebrate and value the cultural diversity within our school community and in the broader, surrounding community.

Our integrated curriculum will encourage authentic learning, including opportunities for inquiry based processes.

in order for the curriculum to have maximum impact on our children's learning, we will have flexible, transparent communication between the school and parents, and develop strong positive relationships between the school and families, seeking voice and involvement.


At Hillsborough Primary we emphasis students development of the following:


Able to reflect on their own learning.

Ask questions to clarify meaning

Explore, inquire and problem solve

Make and justify decisions

This is integrated into learning opportunities across the curriculum. Closely links to:  Challenge yourself, investigate, communicate, create.


The school's objectives for English and mathematics are the basis for the development of this competency.  Those objectives connect across all learning areas and activities, including digital technology as a tool.


Listens carefully, follows instructions and stays on task

Completes learning activities to the best of their ability


Able to work with, and alongside, others

  • Communicates appropriately with adults and peers


Contributes effectively in group situations

  • Willing to try new things