Education for The 21st Century
We are redefining skills for the future and empowering children so they know themselves and believe they can make a difference.
AGE School is designed to educate for sustainable wellbeing, entrepreneurial learning, innovation and environmental awareness through community integrated projects.
The core strength of AGE School has been inspired by Gifted and Talented learning models. However, the AGE School learning environment that is so essential for some children to learn in has seen all children thrive and reconnect with their passions. We foster deep thinking, creativity, challenge, collaboration and innovation, and with no legacy or tradition to restrict us, we are redefining the success of education.
Our high teacher-student ratio allows us to place each child at the centre of their learning. In conjunction with parents and the child we develop an Individualised Learning Plan which incorporates their strengths, passions and areas for support. Through our Play, Passion, Purpose programme we provide opportunities to spark curiosity, wonder and ideas, so that we can develop passions and uncover talents. Together these strategies foster each individual learner’s purpose, both at school and beyond.
Our learning model provides a framework to help students build their knowledge and make an impact on the world around them. Students at AGE are not waiting to be citizens of the future, they are actively creating a future for themselves and developing the courage to Dare to Dream.
Age School caters for years 1 -10. As our Age students grow, our school will grow with them, with Senior High (years 11-13) planned from 2021 onwards.
Emergent – Years 1-3
Proficient – Years 4-6
Junior High – Years 7-10
(Years are a rough guide, as students will move through the groups based on ability rather than age).
Our emergent learners are opened to new experiences, learning through play and hands on activities. This play enables students to develop their foundational numeracy and communication skills.
Learning coaches design engaging learning experiences linked to the real world. Students will work as a team on community projects, learning skills like teamwork, problem solving and resilience whilst having impact on the local community. This helps students to discover their passions and enables them to dream of how they can impact the world.
Proficient learners experience thematic lessons where literacy and communication are woven through a focus on sustainability, citizenship, globalisation and innovation. Core STEM subjects are developed from the rubrics in the New Zealand Curriculum and specialist educators in Science, Digital Technologies and Music extend students abilities.
Social and emotional development is a core part of learning at this critical stage of a young person’s growth.
Experiential learning is woven into all aspects of their learning. Once their passions are triggered, they are scaffolded with personalised learning to turn their passions into strengths.
At this stage, learners are finding the purpose in their passions. Students are encouraged to think deeply, introduced to industry leaders and experiences where they can be mentored and where their outputs can be meaningfully incorporated into the real world.
Academic and technical skills will be nurtured through high teacher to student ratios, as will ways of working with technology and collaboratively in teams.
At this stage of adolescent development, students are able to explore the ethical dimensions of decisions and how consequences of decisions flow on through society.
AGE framework that enables personalised learning
Gathering and Questioning
Activities and provocations prompt the curiosity and passion of each individual
Knowledge gained is constructed into new ideas and conceptual understandings
Reflecting and evaluating
Building capacity to reflect and understand what they need to do next to progress further
Creating and Innovating
Confidence in ourselves to be creative and meet the needs and opportunities in our community
Gathering and Questioning
Learners connect with subjects at their core and build their knowledge through exploring the possible and imagining the impossible. Activities and provocations are designed to prompt and flow with the curiosity of each individual. Learners will navigate and master emerging technologies as they do this.
The knowledge gained is then constructed into new ideas and conceptual understandings. These deeper understandings come from connecting knowledge in new and different ways. We encourage learners to collaborate, question and consider alternative perspectives. This allows learners to make sense of the world around them.
Reflecting and Evaluating
Reflection and evaluation are an integral part of the learning process and sit proudly at the centre of this model. Critical thinking, reflection, communication and adaptability are essential in understanding how to progress further. This embeds the significance of what is being learned and allows creative ideas to be developed.
Creating and Innovating
Time to take action and make it happen! Learners will apply their new knowledge to real-world issues by using their understanding to be creative and meet the needs and opportunities in our community. This could include designing new products, constructing prototypes, or realising a project that adds value to the world around us.