The school curriculum is based around inquiry learning.
In our quest to create life-long learners we empower our students by providing them with learning intentions (what we are trying to achieve) and success criteria (how will we know when we get there).
Hamilton West School is in the process of developing an e-learning platform. In 2013 the school will purchase a range of ICT resources to support e-learning. This will be an exciting focus in the next few years.
The school has a number of English Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) students who are well catered for at Hamilton West School. We have an expert ESOL teacher who works hard with the other teachers to meet the needs of these students. On enrolment you will be asked about whether your child may fall into this category.
YEAR 7 AND 8 TECHNOLOGY LEARNING
Students attend technology classes at another local intermediate once a week. Classes include: materials technology, fabric technology, food technology, bio-technology, computer technology and art.
Our school runs several programmes which support those learners who have special needs or abilities.
These include: gifted and talented education (gate), supporting at risk readers (sarr), english speakers of other languages(esol), reading recovery, te reo enrichment and perceptual motor activities (pma).
students participate in shows which are either original or adapted musicals. We encourage participation by as many students as possible and have a group of staff who are always coming up with original and fun ways to showcase the talent at our school.
At Hamilton West School we offer a range of cultural learning opportunities which run alongside those which are part of our everyday classrooms. In our classes we integrate te reo and tikanga maori into our learning programmes and also teach cultural activities such as dance, music and drama as is directed by the New Zealand curriculum.
The school has an active kapa haka group who perform at school events and functions.
School Charter 2016