Glendowie Kāhui Ako

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini

Success is not the work of one but the work of many



Glendowie Kāhui Ako, Community of Learning (CoL) is made up of four schools in our local Glendowie community. They are:

  • Glendowie College
  • Churchill Park School
  • Glendowie School
  • St. Heliers Primary School

Our schools work together to provide seamless high-quality education. This is facilitated through the principals and Across School Leaders working together alongside within School Leaders to engage all ākonga/kaiako (students and staff) in the pursuit of shared school goals.

There are currently three 2023-2025 Achievement Challenges.

The first is in Mathematics where the goal is to outline a comprehensive coherent written curriculum in mathematics that includes a balance between knowledge-based and student-centred pedagogy, so that schools can better support students to improve their understanding, knowledge and skills in Mathematics and become more proficient mathematicians. This involves developing a sequence of learning to ensure students are ready for meeting the NCEA Numeracy requirements.

The second Achievement Challenge is in the development of the local curriculum. The goal is to strengthen knowledge and pedagogical approaches in the delivery of the local curriculum particularly the Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum, so there is evidence of curriculum coherence and development through curriculum levels across all the schools in the Kahui Ako.

The third is to support Māori and Pasifika student attainment and is a secondary school goal. This will be through tracking the attendance and achievement of all ākonga Māori and providing appropriate learning support, and other support or extension programmes and processes for our ākonga Māori, as they progress through their schooling. There will be consultation with Māori & Pasifika students and their whānau to gain their input, agreement and support of the best process to improve achievement.

Threading through these Achievement Challenges will be two process goals improving student agency and developing cultural competencies within the Kāhui Ako.

Glendowie College

At Glendowie College we have a school culture which provides a challenging academic education and an extensive co-curricular programme that allows students to flourish, establish their own identity and build relationships in a caring supportive environment.

Our ākonga (learners) are confident, articulate, resilient, and globally aware, ready to lead and be of service in a dynamic and changing world.

Within a caring and supportive environment, they will experience a school that is focussed on supporting them to have a strong identity of who they are and to become the best they can be. We have high expectations and high aspirations for each of our students.

The culture of the college is strongly based on its four key values:

Whānau -we are family.

Manaaki – we encourage mana through respect and caring.

Hiranga – we strive for excellence.

Kaha – we stay strong.

We are a community school, and these values help give a sense of place and belonging.

Glendowie College offers something for everyone. We will provide a rigorous academic education. As well, we will provide opportunities for ākonga to grow and succeed outside the classroom through involvement in an extensive range of co-curricular activities. As ākonga move through the college they will grow, ready to leave with the confidence to excel in today’s world with the skills to be lifelong learners.

We provide an outstanding pastoral care and wellbeing support through our enrichment programme that help ākonga grow as a person and as a leader while giving the tools to accept the challenges of an ever-changing world.


Churchill Park School

Churchill Park School is a gem among Auckland primary and intermediate schools.

Nestled along the edge of Churchill Park in Glendowie, the school occupies a special place in our community. Well known for its academic success, this is also a place where our young people develop the learner qualities, skills and future-focused outlook that will help them enjoy success now and throughout their lives.

The school promotes environmental awareness, sustainability and student citizenship. Its five strategic growth goals are Hauora (wellbeing), Ako (learning), He Tangata (people), Whanaungatanga (engagement), and Kaitiakitanga (resources).

The school’s vision is “to grow future focused global citizens, who are literate and numerate, and demonstrate the school’s learner qualities and enviroschool principles”.


Glendowie School

Glendowie School is situated in an absolutely beautiful location, overlooking the Tamaki Estuary in Auckland’s Eastern Suburbs. Many of our students walk or ride to school from the surrounding neighbourhood, which is a wonderful place to grow up with large parks and quiet streets. 

The school is guided by its vision ‘I care’, which prioritises the provision of high quality teaching and learning programmes. The school’s expectations are that students will become confident, compassionate lifelong learners, be encouraged to achieve their full potential, and actively participate in our country and as citizens of the world. 

Learning at our school has a New Zealand focus with an international perspective. We run the IB PYP Curriculum to Year 8, which combines key elements of our local history and geography. Teachers provide a balance of student-led inquiry with teacher directed instruction, meaning our students are supported in acquiring relevant skills then taking action with these skills in purposeful ways.


St Heliers School

St Heliers School is a welcoming community that stands for excellence in academic achievement and in all other areas of school life and fosters independent, well-rounded students. The school is a community that is innovative and encouraging, where sound values underpin all school activities.

We work continuously to provide a learning environment that is safe, caring, happy and supportive, an environment in which every individual is valued, an environment that encourages excellence and celebrates success.  Our school values are at the heart of this environment. Students are encouraged and supported to display the values consistently in everything they do.

St Heliers is a school that strives for excellence. Our aim is to guide and nurture each student to reach their potential in all areas of school life. Integral to achieving this aim is having a close partnership between home and school.

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