Our School

Our School Culture

Birchwood School is an urban school with a rural feel where a family like context is nurtured.  Our school’s culture has been developed to align with Professor Russell Bishop’s Relationship-Based Learning pedagogy.  We believe that great relationships are vital for learning, so our teachers foster caring relationships with our students so that we can ensure that great learning is happening at our kura.

Promoting both student and staff well-being is also central to our school’s culture.  We follow the principles of PB4L and have systems and practices in place to support our students to make positive behaviour choices.  As part of our involvement in PB4L we have developed our school wide GROW values.  These values are the desired behaviours we strive to instil in our students and model as staff.