Campion College is a Catholic co-educational Year 7 to 13 College that holds firmly to the Catholic purpose of education and Te Tiriti o Waitangi while adopting the principles of an innovative learning environment (ILE) as promoted by the OECD and the principles outlined in the New Zealand Curriculum.
The ten principles that guide our innovative learning environment are:
1. Personalise the learning pathway for all students.
2. Promote in all students a synthesis of culture and faith and a synthesis of faith and life.
3. Promote a local curriculum that has an emphasis on Aotearoa/New Zealand, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, mātauranga Māori, te ao Māori and our Catholic heritage and commitment to social justice in New Zealand.
4. Promote future focused, horizontal connectedness across activities & subjects.
5. Make student learning and engagement central (including self-regulation)
6. Make learning academically challenging for every student while avoiding excessive overload.
7. Make learning social & collaborative with well organised group work.
8. Be highly attuned to learner motivations & emotions.
9. Be sensitive to individual differences.
10. Use assessments consistent with learning aims and a strong emphasis on formative feedback.
In making learning and engagement central we are focused on developing the following four areas that lead to deep learning:
1. Provide a safe and orderly environment.
2. Promote behavioural engagement: students attending school, being present in class and participating in out-of-class activities.
3. Promote emotional engagement: students liking some of their teachers, classes and out-of-class activities.
4. Promote cognitive engagement: students thinking about what is to be learned, planning how to complete learning tasks and checking their own work. Cognitive engagement is best identified by asking a student: what are you doing? Why are you doing it? How will you know when you have been successful? What are your next steps?
Within the College we aim for our students to be:
· Disciples of Christ.
· Committed, self-managing, resilient learners who strive for academic excellence through developing the skills of character, citizenship, communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
· Compassionate individuals who care for others.
· Community focused individuals who promote stewardship of the earth
· Active participants within the wider community.
· Continuing to grow in leadership through service to others.
Within the College we aim for our teachers to:
- Demonstrate leadership supportive of the culture, values and vision of the College.
- Demonstrate a collaborative approach to teaching and learning.
- Be passionate about making a positive impact on the learning of all students.
- Show sensitivity to the emotions & motivations of all learners.
- Encourage agency in all learners.
- Encourage the development of metacognitive skills in all learners.
- Build learning on the prior knowledge of each learner.
- Set challenging yet achievable tasks for all learners.
- Provide constructive feedback & feed forward for all learners.
Within the College we promote a curriculum that, while incorporating the best of traditional instruction, also has a strong focus on:
- Personalising learning
- Co-operative learning
· Local contexts, with an emphasis on:
· Aotearoa/New Zealand and, in particular, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa
· mātauranga Māori and te ao Māori.
· Our Catholic heritage and commitment to social justice in New Zealand.
· Inquiry based learning
· Project-based learning
· Problem-based learning
· Design-based learning
- Academic service learning
- Digital citizenship
Within the College we will provide innovative, flexible learning centres for our teaching and learning programmes. We promote all teaching and learning within this concept.
Our learning centres will be modelled on the “caves, campfires and sand pits” analogy. This means that each learning centre will have:
- A “cave” where students can withdraw from the noise of the classroom to continue with individual work. This may be a break out space or individual booths.
- A “campfire” where students can come together and share stories, exchange ideas and allow the group to build on each other’s ideas.
- A “sandpit” where students work with others prototyping experimenting and playing.
- A “mountain top” where a student can celebrate the learning to others. You show your class your learnings. This is a seminar or lecture space.
- High visibility throughout the centre with good sight lines.
- High quality sound absorption
- High quality internet connectedness
- Flexibility in room layout.
- A strong connection between the learning centre and the outdoors.
- Teacher work area with high visibility