Ancient Māori used the kōhia vine (NZ passionfruit) to carry flame from one village to another. Fire is power. Hence our vision statement "the power to dream, the passion to achieve".
Kohia is to gather. Our school whakatauki, Kohia te wānanga e tū ki te ao mārama, reflects the gathering of knowledge our students need to embrace in their eight years of learning at KTS, from a range of sources so they are equipped and able to be successful life long learners.
Four iconic New Zealanders were the inspiration for our four houses. Their main achievements informed our four cornerstones:
* Sir Edmund Hillary - Reaching for the Sky.
We want our students to set goals and work to achieve them, they need to persist when it gets hard and look for solutions rather than giving up.
* Sir Peter Snell - Excelling through Effort
Excellence is achieved through hard work no matter where you are achieving.
* Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - Nurturing our Human Spirit
The Arts feed the soul! To be a good friend, have empathy, consider the needs of others you need to be a good person on the inside.
* Kate Sheppard - Leading the Way.
Everyone has the ability to lead, whether that be from the front, or the back. Effective leadership can make a real change.
To be equipped, students need to be literate and numerate. They also need to learn from their mistakes. The three keys reflect the knowledge of where they have come from in their learning, where they are, and what their next steps are.
Empowered students are inquisitive, excited about and have a thirst for learning. They ask lots of questions and contribute fully to the learning not just for themselves, but for others
Our students need to know about themselves, and how they use their strengths to support their areas of need.
Social, digital and environmental connectedness. Socially our students need to be able to work well in a group, deal effectively with conflict, take turns, contribute equitably. Digital skills are required to effectively access knowledge and to ensure that they make that knowledge their own. Finally we all need to take responsibility for our environment - not just in the school but globally.