Our Learning

Reaching For Greatness,
Whaia te iti Kahurangi

Educating our young people for a successful future is challenging. The rate of change currently occurring in the world is exponential. It is impossible to predict what employment they are likely to apply for as technological advances are already replacing people.  While we obviously need to focus on developing literate and numerate citizens, we must also provide opportunities to be creative, innovative, and flexible problem solvers that are determined, empathetic, collaborative and articulate. Our young people will unfortunately have many ‘Wicked’ problems to solve.  Our mission is to teach our students to be confident learners by integrating the curriculum areas, in our community with real life skills.  

Education has and will continue to change, our students can not learn the skills and knowledge they need for their futures as we did.

Hedgehope School’s vision is to inspire students to discover, explore and actively engage in their dynamic learning community. Our values are ‘REACH’ for Greatness. Our students learn to be Respectful, Enduring, Adventurous, Compassionate and consider Happy.

Our two classes are named after native birds that represent our REACH values.

  • Piwakawaka (Fantail) Year 0 to 3 are happy and social
  • Kereru (Wood Pigeon) Year 3 to 8 are compassionate and respectful
  • Komako (Bellbird) Year 8 leavers are adventurous as they fledge our nest.

Our students are proud of the values they have created and the logo to demonstrate our learning whanau.


Our morning program foci are phonics, reading, writing and maths embedded in the inquiry theme to challenge and meet the learning needs of the students. Curriculum areas are integrated so that students learn the content of literacy and numeracy through ICT, The Arts, Science, Te Reo Maori, Technology, Health and Social Science. Through Inquiry Learning the students experience real life challenges and opportunities so that they have multiple possibilities to transfer content into deep context understanding.

We are passionate about our community and environment. Students are engaged as participating and contributing citizens. 

He ao te rangi ka uhia

He kai te whare wananga ka toroatia

‘The food of knowledge leads to extended sessions of the house of learning’.

2023’s Inquiry theme is Curiosity

Hedgehope Forest School


Hedgehope School has a hugely supportive and adventurous community, that have helped us create our very own Forest School at Sherwood Forest and local native bush. Weekly adventures and study are planned with students focusing on understanding biodiversity of flora, fauna, insects and water. Regeneration is 2023 foci using all the knowledge we have gained from working closely with Environment Southland team, Enviro Schools, Hokonui Runanga, QE11, Fish and Game, Thrive Southland, Field Based STEM (Ruud Kleinpaste – The Bugman), Lloyd Esler, Catlins Bat Protection, owners Sinclairs and now Grants and so many more.
Connecting with local community, business and environment is a huge part of our local curriculum. Our students experience so many opportunities to broaden their horizons, think critically, develop relationships and problem solve. 
In 2019 Hedgehope School (whole school) went to  Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Auckland between 6th and 10th May 2019. We managed to raise AP $7500 Air New Zealand Air points to match the generous donation from Air New Zealand Air points for Schools Programme and all the funds to take every child, staff and supporting whanau completely free! 
Our innovative students created their own enterprises to fundraiser for our whole school camp.
Their websites are attached below – we still have some amazing products for sale.
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