PC Way - Caring Community of Great Learners

​​​​​​​The PC way document brings to life our vision of creating a ‘Caring Community of Great Learners’ and illustrates our commitment to achieving the highest possible equitable outcomes for each of our learners.

To do this, we apply the principles and practices of the PC Way as we develop knowledgeable, passionate, confident life-long learners who can effectively communicate their ideas. We encourage curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving.  We know that these competencies and attitudes, together with our CARE values, will help equip young people to be successful in navigating the challenges of an ever-changing future.

We also support our young people to know themselves, to know their place in bicultural Aotearoa/New Zealand, to embrace diversity and to become connected global citizens. We value our ākonga becoming actively involved, compassionate members of society and being socially, culturally and environmentally aware.

The PC Way is built around six principles that act as navigation tools that guide the decisions we make around teaching and learning at Paraparaumu College.

The Principles of the PC Way

Relationships of Care & Connectedness
Te Whakawhanaungatanga

  • ​​​​​​​Teaching, modelling and acknowledging PB4L practices.
  • Using culturally responsive practices.

Personal Excellence
Te Hiranga

  • Fostering a growth mindset.
  • ​​​​​​​Having high expectations.

Deep Learning
​​​​​​​Te Whānga

  • Applying pedagogies that support development of learner competencies.
  • ​​​​​​​Enabling students to inquire, make connections, solve problems, take action and generate new knowledge.

​​​​​​​Te Mahi Ngātahi

  • Students and staff learning together - Ako.
  • ​​​​​​​Working in partnership with whānau, iwi and wider community.

​​​​​​​Te Oranga Tangata

  • Developing the whole young person - Hauora.
  • ​​​​​​​Utilising a strengths-based approach.

Personalisation of Learning
​​​​​​​Te Akoranga Motuhake

  • Through co-construction students are offered meaningful choice and ownership of their learning.
  • ​​​​​​​Empowering students to understand themselves as learners.

CARE Values

Ako Tahi

  • Help make our school a positive space for everyone's learning
  • Are considerate and respectful towards others
  • Make the most of opportunities to lead and be involved in positive activities
  • ​​​​​​​Represent our College with pride

Active Learner
Akonga Tohau Nui

  • Aim for personal excellence in our learning
  • Are active participants and stay focussed in our learning
  • Are innovative, inquiring and curious learners
  • Transfer our learning to all learning environments


  • Use respectful language and speak positively to and about others
  • Treat everyone with respect
  • Respect and care for our environment
  • Respect our personal safety and the safety of others

Effective Self Managers
Tu Tangata

  • Wear the correct uniform with pride
  • Arrive on time, ready to learn with the correct equipment
  • Can work independently and with others
  • Make safe and healthy choices
  • Use digital devices and social media responsibly
  • Honour our commitments