Students at the Centre
We hold the learning of students with special education needs and wellbeing of these students and their families at the centre of everything we do. This is our special character.
We believe that in order to enhance the learning needs and wellbeing of students, it is important to work in partnership with families and also to support their wellbeing.
A ‘school learning community’ (which includes parents, whanau, students, community and educators) that works together, improves the school and enhances students’ learning opportunities and wellbeing.
Inclusive education means a practice that ‘supports and welcomes diversity among all learners’ UNESCO 2009
Oaklynn provides a range of education settings and locations on the continuum of inclusive education. Options include our most physically supportive setting at the Base School or satellite classes in local mainstream schools.
We also support students enrolled in mainstream schools through our Specialist Teacher Outreach Service.
We believe that it is the right of a parent/whanau to choose where their child/young person is educated.
All of our students aged 5-10 years are educated in a satellite class located in a mainstream school. At the natural school transitions where students are aged 11, 14 or 18 years, students’ families may choose that the Base School setting is more appropriate for their young adult.
Relationships are central to a healthy and productive school learning community.
Relationships are paramount, as they act as the ‘glue’ for the community as it works in partnership to promote optimum learning and wellbeing for all students.
He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!
What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people! It is people! It is people!