Mission Statement

In faithful accord with the teachings, mood and mission of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:

We empower every child to discover their unique and extraordinary potential, their connection with Krishna and to experience the joy of learning and devotional service.

Within a culture of genuine respect we offer a dynamic, holistic education to prepare our students for lifelong success in an ever-changing world.

A Journey in Self Discovery

The Hare Krishna School is a state integrated special character school.

Our special character is based on the teachings of his Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who started a worldwide movement in 1965 with a mission to “check the imbalance of values in life and achieve real peace and unity in the world.” Our school is founded on those Vedic teachings that provide a comprehensive, non-sectarian foundation for understanding and discovering the self, the world and one’s position in it.

In the spirit of the Vedic teachings we provide a holistic education that addresses the development of the whole child so that they are inspired and empowered to achieve their personal best in all areas of their lives.

Our students are taught the essential skills of reading, writing and mathematics as presented in the New Zealand curriculum.

We aim to provide a learning experience that is inspiring, enlivening and engaging for the learner and for each child to be personally engaged in a learning journey. Hands on, child centred and practical learning experiences with an inquiry focus enable learners to develop core life skills.

The Vedic teachings develop the child’s wisdom and critical/creative thinking abilities. Respectful and meaningful relationships develop the child’s social and emotional wellbeing and the joy of devotion and celebration of learning success, ensure that a life- long learning journey is established for each child.

The spiritual connection is what makes our school unique. Srila Prabhupada explained that the aim of education should be self-realization, realization of the spiritual values of the soul. So it is inherent in our special character that our school program revolves around a spiritual focus which comes alive through singing, prayer, meditation and worship based on the teachings of Bhagavad-gita.

A Hare Krishna school education enables children to experience joy and success whilst preparing them for a fulfilling and productive life.

“The body of a child will not grow if it is not fed; the mind will not flourish unless it is stimulated and guided. And the spirit will suffer if it is not nurtured.” Rachael Kessler The Soul of Education

WISDOM

To educate – means to ‘bring out’ rather than put in. All the knowledge, all the wisdom and all the insights which are required are already in every child, because every child is divine.

With the inspiration of the Vedic teachings we provide children with a non-sectarian foundation for understanding and discovering the self, God, the world and their position in it. Our students develop skills of creative & critical thinking while exploring the wonder of Vedic knowledge. This motivates and enables them to become reflective, articulate and independent thinkers, laying solid foundations for their future learning, vocation and self-fulfilment.

RESPECT

Any real civilization is based on the principles of respect and gratitude. On the basis of that respect and gratitude, there is morality, charity, and compassion.”(Radhanatha Swami)

A learning environment based on a mood of deep respect, love and trust creates a platform for real and meaningful learning to take place and wherein each child may flourish and bring forth their unique and extraordinary gifts and talents. The Vedic model promotes cooperation and harmony but simultaneously diversity is celebrated and encouraged. Our commitment then is to foster co-operation and harmony whilst also catering to individual learning needs, interests and talents to the greatest possible extent.

At the Hare Krishna School we seek to nurture co-operation and harmony through promoting healthy and satisfying relationships based on respect. By focusing on communication skills students learn how to relate to all kinds of people, specifically seniors, juniors & peers and people with different beliefs & cultures. They also learn how to solve and deal appropriately with conflicts and how to be effective citizens in our modern society.

A healthy respect for God and His laws and for our natural world is taught and encouraged so that our students become respectful and committed citizens of our communities and the world.

JOY

Everyone is hankering for happiness because by nature we are happy: anandamayo ‘bhyasat , As spirit souls we are naturally happy, blissful.” (Srila Prabhupada)

Discovery learning requires an environment where learning is fun and exciting; where mischief, curiosity and imagination are encouraged; where our students experience both fun AND success in their school lives.

As spiritual beings it is our natural propensity to be always full of joy. This can be experienced through connecting with one’s real life purpose, through connecting with others and through engaging in and mastering activities according to one’s psycho-physical nature.

A child who is joyful and inspired will naturally be self-motivated to learn. When students are curious and inspired, learning shifts from being a chore to being a joy.

In the Bhagavad-gita Krishna encourages Arjuna his friend to act according to his warrior nature because he will only be happy and fulfilled by so doing and to use his nature in service to a greater cause. In the same way young people’s natures are inherently playful. They are naturally motivated to play and to discover which allows us to inspire and empower them without artificial force.

Through play and discovery-based learning children learn mastery of skills, social skills etc. Through engaging according to their natures they will be motivated to read, write and think mathematically as the needs arise in particular tasks.

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”― Rabindranath Tagore