Spirituality and values form the core of our curriculum delivery. We believe that for a child to be fully educated he/she should be academically competent and act according to moral principles. Our character education programme seeks to empower children with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to become responsible and worthy citizens.
Thinking skills are the vehicle through which children learn to express their understanding of the world in which they live. Children discover their spirituality in the safe atmosphere of a supportive community dedicated to excellence. Children are guided to make informed choices and decisions based on reflective and reasonable thinking.
We are committed to providing an excellent quality of curriculum delivery. We believe that numeracy and literacy are foundational for success of every child’s education. Our mathematics programme is systematically structured to enable children to make informed choices in their mathematical reasoning. The English programme is also structured in such a way as to insure that children develop a solid base of knowledge and skills which will enable them to communicate proficiently and effectively throughout the curriculum.
The teaching of English incorporates reading, visual language, process writing, handwriting, spelling, grammar, synonyms, antonymns and comprehension. In response to declining literacy standards apparent in the New Zealand public education system the Hare Krishna School is employing a strong phonetic/linguistic approach to teaching reading to ensure that children learn the decoding skills – so essential in learning to read – in a systematic and effective manner.
The teaching of numeracy is approached in a similar manner to that of literacy – there is a strong emphasis on the systematic development and acquisition of basic knowledge and strategies as exemplified in the recent Ministry initiatives of the Numeracy Project. The knowledge and strategies acquired in the foundational years enables children to make appropriate mathematical choices and encourages them to become confident and competent in solving mathematical problems. More advanced concepts like area of a circle will be taught too.
Sastra involves the study of Vedic scriptures such as Bhagavad-gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Caitanya-caritamrita, Mahabharata, and Ramayana to provide the children with a strong understanding of the philosophy and practice of Krishna consciousness so that they in turn may teach it to others. As well as studying particular themes and learning key Sanskrit verses and translations, the children hear scriptural narratives and participate in class discussions.
Sanskrit is acknowledged to be the origin of all ancient and modern languages, and is the language of the Vedic scriptures. Learning Sanskrit not only enhances the children’s study of Vedic scriptures such as Bhagavad-gita, it also gives them a comparative insight into the structure of the English language. Multilingual children are better equipped in their first language as they learn to see patterns in language and to use language effectively
The teaching of general studies incorporates subjects such as History, Geography, Science, Nature Study and Personal Development. The children are encouraged to consider these topics from a Vedic perspective, rather than simply from a secular view. Topic studies are they ideal starting point for integrating the curriculum. We follow a two year cycle through topics related to the essential strands in Social Studies, Science and Technology.
While computing is not taught as a separate subject, the children learn to use classroom computers for activities such as word processing, publishing, power point, excel, educational games and inquiry through the internet and multi-media products.
All classrooms and offices are networked for convenient transferring and sharing of files and host programmes.
Art / Dance / Drama / Music
Specialist teachers in the Arts involve the children in a balanced and dynamic programme. The children learn to use a variety of media and materials as a means of self-expression, frequently calling upon the pastimes of Lord Krishna and His associates as inspirational subject matter. Bhajan and kirtan are an integral part of temple life. The children learn many devotional songs and how to play traditional instruments such as mridanga, karatalas and harmonium. They regularly stage major performances for our annual festivals incorporating skills in dance and drama.
Health & Physical Education
Throughout the primary years the children engage in a variety of activities, games and sports designed to develop various physical skills, balance, coordination and team participation. Personal health and well-being includes a positive self image and the ability to make informed decisions free from the influence of negative peer pressure.