Kia Ora, Malo e lelei, Talofa Lava, Kia Orana, Anyong Haseyo, Namaste, Fakaalofa Lahi Atu, Ni Hao, Sawadee, Konichiwa, Greetings!

Tena koutou e te whanau, he mihi ki a koutou katoa.

My name is Sandra Jenkins and I am very proud to be principal of Freemans Bay School. Freemans Bay School is an inner city school. Our vision is to engaage, empower and enrich our students.

Freemans Bay School is the closest school to Auckland’s central business district. We are a medium sized primary school with approximately 450 – 500 students. Students from many ethnic backgrounds attend Freemans Bay School which makes our school an exciting and vibrant place to be.

We are a well-resourced school with a well-stocked library, extensive grounds with large mature trees and very good sporting facilities.  We have a strong commitment to resourcing future orientated learning. All classrooms have access to a range of digital devices which are used to support and enhance learning for our students  including laptops, ipads, Makey Makeys, MicroBits and Edison Robots.

We are were selected by Microsoft in 2016 to as a Microsoft Showcase School, a global community of schools engaged in digital transformation to improve teaching and learning. Showcase Schools create immersive and inclusive experiences that inspire lifelong learning, stimulating development of essential life skills so students are empowered to achieve more.

All cultures within the school are valued and accepted. We wish to ensure that students from all cultures are treated with respect and dignity. Knowledge and understanding of our different cultures is encouraged at Freemans Bay School.  Freemans Bay School endeavourd to develop an awareness of Te Mana o Aotearoa and provide the means of fostering better cultural understanding consistent with the Treaty of Waitangi. 

The school is organised into four areas or Whānau (family or school teams): Whānau Rau for children from New Entrants to Year 2; Whānau Puna for Years 3 and Year 4; Whānau Wai for children in Years 5 and Year 6.  Whānau Ata is the school’s Māori Immersion Unit for Years 1 to Year 6. Our unit was the first Māori language unit established in Central Auckland. Currently this unit teaches over eighty percent of the New Zealand Curriculum in Māori.  

Our school has a commitment to high academic standards and an expectation that all children will succeed. Professional learning for staff is on future-oriented learning which encompasses e-learning, thinking and Assessment for Learning, Student Agency, Personalising Learning and Problem-Based/ Inquiry Learning. Many of our staff continues post graduate study, which ensures that our teaching is based on National and International research on best educational practice.

At Freemans Bay School, we have made a strategic effort towards strengthening future orientated learning using e-learning tools to support our personalised learning environment through e-reflections and e-feedback. Our school online learning environment, enables students to post reflections on their learning and get feedback from their peers, teachers and parents.  We encourage our students to be accountable for their own learning, by documenting learning goals and progressions on our online learning environment.

Schooling is an open partnership between the parents, the child and the school. In order to maximise the learning potential of all children we need to have open communication between all parties. We do want and expect you to be involved in the learning at Freemans Bay School and hope that you will take the time to contribute to our school.

We have a strong transition program for our students as they leave Year 6 and move on to attend Ponsonby Intermediate, Kowhai Intermediate or Pasadena Intermediate.

I really enjoy talking with children and their whānau. Please feel free to make an appointment if you wish to find out more about Freemans Bay School. I look forward to seeing you at school.

Sandra Jenkins 

PRINCIPAL

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