Year 1 is where the journey begins, the beginning of thirteen years of formalised education. Because learning begins the day a child is born, by the time they arrive at school they already have a wealth of knowledge and understandings in place. Our primary education program at Palmerston North Adventist Christian School (PNACS) builds on this knowledge base and assists students to establish connections between what they know and experience and what they will discover in the classroom. We maintain small classes so that teachers can get to know the individual needs of each child. Building on a solid foundation in literacy and numeracy, we enable all of our students to discover and develop their special gifts and talents. We challenge each student to discover his/her particular gifts and talents in a variety of ways and we believe that each child is unique and special.
Our qualified and experienced teachers recognise that each child learns at a different rate and in a variety of different ways, and are therefore able to facilitate learning so that each child reaches their full potential in their own time.
While we follow the New Zealand Curriculum, our program is distinct; it is tailored to meet the need of individual students. Where needed, one-on- one and small group support is available and our multi-grade classrooms allow for extending talented students. Whilst our approach to education is a holistic one, when it comes to academics, our emphasis is on our students achieving their personal best. We provide a thorough grounding in key learning areas and offer a challenging curriculum that gives our students an excellent educational basis to build upon.
Our Key Learning Areas (KLA) are:
- Mathematics & Statistics
- Social Sciences
- The Arts
- Health and Physical Education