About Us

Students enjoying the playground.

Concord School is set in large, established grounds surrounded by mature trees in a residential neighbourhood. The school determines to be a community focal point and supports positive family values such as Confidence, Respect, Responsibility and Excellence, which have been identified by the school community. These values are further supported through Positive Education Programmes such as the Virtues Project, Quality Circle Time and Character Strengths.

The school is located in a small suburban area with residents from a range of socio-economic and educational backgrounds. The ethnic composition of the area is largely European with approximately 20% of the student population identifying as Māori or Pacific Island.

Concord school has a hall, a library, two adventure playgrounds, large playing fields and various court area s. We host a satellite class from the Sara Cohen School for intellectually and physically disabled students. We liaise closely with the Concord Kindergarten, and a pre-entry programme for 4 and a half year olds, Clever Cats, is run regularly and promotes the social integration and familiarisation of the school environment for this group of children as they transition to school.

The Duffy Books in Schools and Grandparents Reading programmes, and the Numeracy Project, help to support our focus on promoting successful results in Literacy and Numeracy for our children.

The staff and Board of Trustees are committed to providing quality, effective learning opportunities for our students, and acknowledge the valuable input of parents/whānau towards achieving this goal.

Concord School Values - The Virtues

Virtues display Virtues display.

Concord School is committed to developing a culture of character through adopting the philosophy and activities of the Virtues Project. Our purpose is to build on the values based programmes we were already using, by utilizing the strategies of the Virtues Project to help develop a "culture of character where respect, patience, self discipline, tolerance, cooperation and joy for learning are among the virtues our children master".

It is our intention to create a positive, empowering environment in which our children will learn and grow by integrating the Virtues strategies into our curriculum delivery, behaviour management systems and social atmosphere. We also intend to create a total environment of caring and respect that works for all by having an inclusive approach and through modeling by the adults in the community as well.

As educators, the Virtues programme allows us to awaken the Virtues which already exist in each child, by having the will and skill to teach respect, foster kindness, and model integrity. The Virtues also form the basis of ‘Concord Care’, and work alongside the Quality Circle Time and Care Time programmes.

Each Monday we have a whole school Virtues assembly where we identify the Virtue to be the focus for the following week. Teachers then display the Virtue for the week and integrate teaching around it into the daily classroom programmes.

Key Values

Confidence - Respect - Responsibility - Excellence

Virtues That Support Key Values

Assemblies

Assembly Assembly item by Room 4.

Every fortnight, on a Friday afternoon, we hold a whole school assembly where the children share what they have been doing in class. Teacher’s present certificates to children for social, academic and sporting achievements. We celebrate the great things that are happening at Concord School and the children’s successes. Parents and families are invited to join with us in the celebrations.

Sometimes we have a speaker or a special presentation as part of our assemblies as well. Our senior pupils, under the supervision of teachers, run the assemblies. This is one of the senior pupil leadership roles.

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