Our Curriculum

Tikanga Maori 

Our Bicultural Heritage

At Holy Cross we cherish our bicultural heritage, encouraging all our students and staff to be active members of the unique culture of the tangata whenua of Aotearoa New Zealand. 

All students are taught Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori by our language specialist, Mrs Jenny Booth.  Te Reo Māori is integrated into all school wide and class planning and programmes.

Te Hana-Reflective Teachers Tool

The Ministry of Education requires all teachers to be reflective in their practice in particular to developing teaching strategies that promote learning and engagement for Māori  learners.  Māori  learners are identified and tracked to ensure their needs are met across the different learning areas.  

As a school we have devised our own reflective teachers tool, Te Hana, which aims to support teachers in their planning and practice for all students regardless of ability, ethnicity, race or gender.


At Holy Cross Catholic School, children have access to iPads, iPods, Chromebooks and desktop computers throughout the school to motivate and enhance their learning.

In Years 5-8 children are able to bring their own devices and the use of these technologies are integrated to maximise learning. 

Students feel they have ownership of their learning, providing opportunities to pose questions and inquire into their world, and enabling students to present and share information in new and exciting ways.  They are excited about their learning and enjoy working in their different learning areas within their classrooms.

We have used the key competencies from the NZC and linked it to our Holy Cross Digital Citizenship