Vision & Charter

Mission Statement

To inspire in each pupil a thirst for learning, drawing on the rich opportunities available to a small inner-city school.​

Ki te whakatenatena i te tamaiti te hiringa mō te mātauranga, mā ngā mea tino angitu i tēnei kura pakupaku kei roto i te tāone nui

As a model school we contribute to the training of student teachers, and the school and community benefit from our ongoing commitment and contribution to teacher training.

For example, our teachers are required to be at the forefront of teaching knowledge, both in theory and practice. This commitment also means that our students have the opportunity to learn from a structured range of teachers within the confines of a familiar environment. This latter benefit is consistent with our belief that learning is enhanced when everyone has the opportunity to work with a variety of children and adults.

Shared decision making and shared management are fundamental philosophies of CTMS. In alignment with these philosophies is the school’s flat management model of shared leadership, which we believe fosters an environment of teamwork and cooperation. Our philosophy also extends to the pupils: our effort demonstrates to pupils the benefits of a collaborative approach to making decisions; in addition, the teachers and pupils collaboratively draft an annual school agreement.

Finally, we believe all CTMS pupils should be encouraged to realise their own intellectual, social, physical and creative potential. To this end, we encourage our pupils to take responsibility for their own behaviour and learning, and we focus our learning and development opportunities to teach self-confidence, leadership skills and group co-operation. The success of our aims is evident as we travel out of CTMS to take advantage of what the city has to offer. When our pupils are out and about in Wellington, they are recognised, and often receive compliments, for their pleasant and caring, dispositions, self-management (i.e., good behaviour), curiosity, and intelligence. We are proud of the fact that our pupils understand how they should conduct themselves in different situations and that they are comfortable expressing their curiosity and demonstrating their intellectual abilities. Overall, these successful outings provide evidence that we are achieving our mission and our vision.