Learning at
Wānaka Primary School

Curriculum Links

John Parsons – LINK

Video’s By John Parsons.  John presented to children, staff and parents (6 July 2022). 

Better Start Literacy Approach (BSLA)


On March 16, Viv Thompson from the University of Otago shared information with parents about a ‘balanced Maths Programme.  The file below is her PowerPoint presentation for those who are interested.

Maths Presentation March 16 2021


Wānaka Primary School implements New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, (NPDL) philosophies and strategies which are based around the 6 global competencies.

The 6 global competencies are:

  • Character: grit, tenacity, perseverance and resilience
  • Citizenship: thinking like global citizens, with genuine interest, empathy and compassion
  • Collaboration: interpersonal and team-related skills
  • Communication: being able to communicate effectively with a purpose
  • Creativity: having an ‘entrepreneurial eye’ and being able to express oneself in unique ways
  • Critical Thinking: evaluating information and seeing patterns in the real world

These six global competencies describe the skills and attributes needed for learners to flourish as citizens of the world.
Deep Learning is student-centered authentic learning, engaging students in real life high interest topics. NPDL is quality learning that sticks with you for life.