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Kia Ora Koutou, Malo e lelei, Fakalofa Lahiatu, Kia Orana, Namaste, Talofa Lava, Ni Sa Bula, Hola Kham Cho, Ho Ma, Salaam, Yasou, Greetings.
At Rutherford Primary we place our children at the centre of all teaching and learning. 
Our motto “Accentuating the positive” means that we ensure that every child is supported to reach their full potential.
Our core business is teaching and learning. The New Zealand Curriculum is a clear statement of what we deem important in education. It takes as its starting point a vision of our young people as life long learners who are confident, connected, activity involved, lifelong learners.
The Principles of the New Zealand Curriculum embody beliefs about what is important in school curriculum – locally and internationally.
They are:                  High expectations
                                  Treaty of Waitangi
                                  Learning to learn
                                  Community engagement
                                  Future focus
Our New Zealand Curriculum also sets out values that are encouraged and modelled. 
They include: 
excellence, innovation, inquiry and curiosity, diversity, equity, community and participation, ecological sustainability, integrity and respect.
Our Rutherford Curriculum defines five Key Competencies that are critical to sustained learning and effective participation in society. 
They are:                   Thinking
                                   Relating to others
                                   Using language, symbols and texts
                                   Managing self
                                   Participating and contributing
All teaching and learning ultimately involves engaging children to participate more actively in Aotearoa New Zealand’s diverse bi cultural and multicultural society and in the global community.
We, at Rutherford Primary are focused on offering our young people the most effective and engaging teaching possible and supporting them to achieve to their full potential.
Naku noa

Clare Hocking

Rutherford Primary is part of the KidsLink Affiliated Schools Programme