Our Philosophy

Manaakitanga – how we care for the emotional, spiritual, physical and mental wellbeing of students.

We value and seek to understand children’s point of view, while challenging their understandings.
We work to pose problems or construct cognitive conflict in order to test ideas and grow deep understanding.
We work to build learning around “big ideas”, important concepts worthy of further investigation.
We engage children in authentic learning opportunities where they can make a difference and utilise problem solving skills.
We engage children through the inquiry learning process, becoming knowledgeable, generating new knowledge and taking action.
We believe that children learn best when they are happy at school, when they feel valued and respected for who they are.
We understand that “knowing” our learners gives us the best opportunities to help them learn.
Learning is life-long and teachers at MMS present themselves to students as learners too.
We build respectful, open and engaging relationships with children.
We encourage children to be independent learners, critical thinkers and to be curious about the world around them.
We allow children to make mistakes, viewing them as learning opportunities, both academically and socially.
We teach the whole child, understanding that each child has unique learning needs both academically and socially.
We give children constructive feedback, allowing them to focus on both successes and next steps.
We encourage children to make a positive contribution to their community now and in the future