Rationale - Assessment
Summative assessment at Te Haerenga will be used as a means of gauging student learning and progress. Assessment data will be used by each teacher to identify learning gaps for students and to inform future teaching, as part of the inquiry process. Assessment schedules will show clearly to the student which curriculum level they have currently attained in the relevant learning area, and what the next steps in the learning process are in that area. Feedback and 'feed-forward' will also comment on the student’s progress in the relevant key competency focus areas.
James Dilworth’s Will requires the Trustees to ensure that Dilworth students be given a Christian Education, grounded in the traditions of the Anglican Church. Accordingly, the school is affiliated to The Anglican Church in Aotearoa – New Zealand. The Bishop of Auckland is the school’s Episcopal Visitor and visits the school on a regular basis, reporting to both the Trustees and the Anglican Church.
Chapel services are central to the spiritual life at the school. Two days a week, each Campus assembles for a brief service of Morning Prayer. On Sunday evenings, students attend Evening Prayer, held on their Campus when they return from weekend leave. It is expected that parents and guardians of the boys attend these services regularly.
Chapel Services follow the Anglican liturgical year, incorporating Lent, Easter, Advent and Christmas. Special services such as Baptisms, Confirmations and Anzac Day Commemoration are held in the Chapel. Wedding and funeral services are also an integral part of our Chapel, serving the wider Dilworth school community
Luke 2 verse 40 describes Jesus as a young man in this way: “And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.”
This verse encourages us to help young men grow physically well and strong. Secondly, the verse underlines the importance of helping young men grow academically, in wisdom and knowledge. Thirdly, the verse calls young men to grow spiritually, through and in the grace of God. This holistic and balanced approach underpins our Religious Education Department.
The Chaplain, Reverend Warren Watson and the Religious Education teacher, Mr James Hannah, work together to ensure the boys are given a Christian Education. Students attend one RE lesson per week.
RE at the Rural Campus is based around God’s creation, creative assignments and further Christian knowledge about Jesus, especially living and working in a rural setting. The special connection with the rural environment provides us with the opportunity to link the Bible with what the boys are experiencing, through their outdoor pursuits.