At Sommerville School, students with special needs will learn and grow in an environment where their needs are individually catered for in a supportive educational environment.

With respect, tolerance, acceptance and dignity they will develop an awareness of themselves as successful learners.

Our students will develop knowledge, skills, competencies, attitudes and values in ways that are relevant to them within the context of their ability.

They will achieve their potential and participate fully in a society which is accepting of them.

They will be products of a seamless education from early childhood, through the compulsory education sector to tertiary and adult education through well defined approaches to educating students with special needs.

We will continue to raise the profile of our school in the community by exemplifying and promoting the purpose of special education.

We will link with our local community and engage our school parent community in their children’s learning.

The Manaiakalani vision for our school is to create learners who are confident and connected, anytime, anywhere and any place who will contribute positively to their community

We will encourage partnerships with our local schools, community groups and business organizations.


Principles and Aims

A focus on continuous improvement for achievement of equity and excellence.

Sommerville School will provide the best possible learning environment for students with special learning needs aged from 5 to 21.

We will staff the school with the most qualified, experienced and appropriate personnel to provide the expertise in order to expedite quality learning in this environment.

Students will be encouraged to value:

  • Excellence by aiming high and persevering in the face of difficulties;
  • Innovation, inquiry and curiosity by thinking critically and reflectively;
  • Diversity as found in our different cultures, languages and heritages;
  • Equity through fairness and social justice;
  • Community and participation for the common good;
  • Ecological sustainability, which includes caring for the environment;
  • Integrity which involves being honest, responsible, accountable and acting ethically;
  • Respect for themselves, others and of human rights

Staff will be committed to:

  • Acknowledging and celebrating diversity and inclusion;
  • Providing specialist programmes that enable all children to experience success;
  • High expectations of pupil achievement with an emphasis on literacy, numeracy and communicative skills;
  • Professional learning, reflection and personal development;
  • Demonstrating enthusiasm, optimism and professionalism in their interactions with students, colleagues, community and whanau.

The school environment will:

  • Be a safe and secure environment for teachers and students, which is critical to learning;
  • Reflect teaching and learning programmes;
  • Reflect our cultural diversity;
  • Be visually welcoming.

Cultural diversity – our students will:

  • Be accepting of other cultures and differences;
  • Value each other's heritage, culture and people;
  • Reflect the nature of biculturalism in classroom activities;
  • Incorporate Te Reo me ona Tikanga Maori into current programmes, where appropriate;
  • Incorporate programmes to support the Pasifika languages and cultures in the school.

Our school and community value the attributes of:

  • Respect for self and others; maintaining dignity, tolerance and acceptance;
  • Caring for others;
  • Cooperation and fairness;
  • Manaakitanga (respect for position and attributes);
  • Whanaungatanga (familial and interpersonal relationships);
  • Tohatoha (working together towards a shared vision and collaborative outcomes)