Welcome to St Heliers School

DSC 0052St Heliers is a school that strives for excellence. Our aim is to guide and nurture each student to reach their potential in all areas of school life. Integral to achieving this aim is having a close partnership between home and school.

Being a full primary (Years 1 to 8) we are in a unique position to see the development of the students from young bright-eyed 5 year olds to young adolescents. From the earliest stages of their schooling, students are encouraged to be independent, responsible learners.

Older students are expected to look out for younger students. At the start of the year senior classes are buddied up with a junior class to support the children in various aspects of their schooling. This also helps to create the family atmosphere we want at St Heliers.

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 Te Ao Māori

Aotearoa New Zealand has a proud bi-cultural history. At St Heliers School, our students participate in a range of cultural experiences relating to Tikanga, Te Reo and Te Ao Māori. We aim to uphold all of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.  Te Reo Māori is displayed in our classrooms and used by kaiāko (teachers) in their daily activities.

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Language Weeks

New Zealand is home to many different cultures and languages.  Throughout the year, there are a number of official Language Weeks which are celebrated at schools across the country.  The countries celebrated include our Pacific Island neighbours, such as Samoa, Tonga, Niue, the Cook Islands and Fiji. There are also Māori and Chinese Language Weeks.  These Language Weeks are incorporated into our curriculum through words, songs and dance.

Second Language Programme - Mandarin

Mandarin is offered to students in Years 5 to 8. A well-qualified Mandarin Learning Assistant is employed to assist teachers in the delivery of the programme.

Students are taught to use Mandarin to communicate with one another in a variety of real-life social situations.

Confidence in speaking and comprehension goes hand in hand with an emphasis on cultural understanding of Chinese society. The interactive, student-centred lessons are supported by exciting language-teaching technology and resources; extending to students' involvement in Chinese cultural activities, where they can use their Mandarin language in genuine conversation.

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Inquiry Learning - Diversity

One of the Big Ideas covered in Inquiry each year is Diversity. Inquiry Learning is guided by the investigation of concepts which are authentic, relevant, challenging, engaging and globally transferable. Inquiry Learning encourages a response resulting in a change in thinking and/or positive action, for the benefit of the learner and others.

Core Curriculum — Educating for Excellence

The school curriculum is made up of eight essential learning areas that are prescribed by the Ministry of Education.

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Social Science
Health & Physical Education
The Arts
Learning Languages


Underpinning the curriculum areas are five key competencies.

Understanding language, symbols and texts
Relating to others
Managing self
Participating & contributing


Inquiry Learning

Inquiry Learning is a school-wide approach to learning, where many of the essential learning areas are taught through an Inquiry model.

St Heliers School Inquiry Learning enables students to become responsible, self-directed, and life-long learners, who are critical thinkers and effective problem solvers, with the ability to ask and act upon higher order questions. Our Inquiry Learning model gives the learner a focused approach through which they can search for meaning, construct understanding, build knowledge, and respond to big ideas and key concepts.

Inquiry Learning is guided by the investigation of concepts which are authentic, relevant, challenging, engaging and globally transferrable. Inquiry Learning encourages a response resulting in a change in thinking and/or positive action, for the benefit of the learner and others.


Curriculum Management

The essential learning areas have a specified allocation of teaching and learning time for all students

Student achievement is systematically monitored and barriers to learning identified.

Planning of individual classroom programmes is focused on programmes that reflect school curriculum and the New Zealand Curriculum Framework intent.

Year 7 and 8 students receive technology programmes at Selwyn College - an approved Technology Training Centre.

Intervention programmes support student learning to meet the standards set for St Heliers School.



St Heliers School has a policy of providing a small amount of homework for children on a regular basis. This promotes good work habits, learning to work independently and provides an opportunity for parents and children to share in learning experiences. In no case is this ever excessive and should always be set at an age appropriate level. If you have any questions regarding the homework set, please contact your child's teacher.

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Our Kāhui Ako

Glendowie Kāhui Ako or Community of Learners (CoL) is made up of four schools in our local Glendowie community.

These are: 

  • Churchill Park School

  • Glendowie School

  • St. Heliers Primary School

  • Glendowie College.

Our schools work together to provide seamless high-quality education. This is facilitated through the Principals and across School Leaders working together to engage all akonga/kaiako (students and staff) in the pursuit of shared school goals.

Glendowie Kāhui Ako started in 2018 with a focus in the primary sector to raise student achievement in writing, along with a focus on student agency.

The College focus is to raise the number of Year 11-13 students achieving NZ Scholarship and NCEA endorsed with merit or excellence. They are also developing the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Middle Years' Programme (MYP) as a new initiative in the college.

Fostering student wellbeing is an ongoing focus as we move into the next phase of the Glendowie Kāhui Ako future development.

Our Schools

Glendowie Community of Learning Lead Principal’s Term 2 Report

2019 Presentation

2018 Presentation 

St Heliers School News