BYOipad 2016:

This year we continue on our journey to make learning real world and innovative for our students. All year 5 students are now able to bring an ipad to give them access to an personal learning tool for learning anytime and anywhere. 

We are continuing with the e-learning classes in year's  6 - 8 and these will phase out over time.  The current e-learning classes have more technology available to them and have advanced creative computer sessions. They will be learning advanced coding, robotics and using the technology available in creative ways. 

The Aoraki Project will continue with 20 e-learning students using real world coding software from our supporter Embarcadero to build a second app. 


The Aoraki Project 2015:

The Gardens School has worked very hard to develop our e-learning programme and to remain in a leading position in this area, when compared to other schools throughout New Zealand.  For the last three years we have provided coding classes for e-learning students and, during 2015, we are seeking to extend this into real-life learning areas by developing our students learning through, what we have titled, The Aoraki Project.

The students will work together to use their coding skills to develop apps, which will be released through the The Aoraki Project company. With the support of Embarcadero, The Zoo and Appsolute these students will be given the opportunity to showcase their talents and work in an real company.

Students will be part of several teams that cover all the aspects of setting up and running this company.

Software Design

App Coding

Website and Marketing

Social Media Management

General Management



There is lots to do and lots to learn.  To follow us on this journey, join us on

Facebook  - https://facebook.com/aorakiproject

Twitter - https://twitter.com/aorakiproject

Website - http://www.aorakiproject.com



Elearn 2014 Parent Meet from takahe2


Parent Meeting 2013 - 14 Elearn


A classroom of students of mixed level, age and ability that want to be there. Students working independently, with learning that features, reading, maths, writing, art, technology, social studies/science and computers activities. Learning using activities not designed around the technology, but with technology begin used if it is the best tool for the activity. Students choosing what tools they need to do whatever activity they are doing (these could be computers, cameras, tripods, scanners, video, DVDs, CDs, PDAs, iPod, ipads, internet, email, USB instruments, microphones, Topic books, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, thesauruses, crayons, pastels, paint, brushes, pens, felts, pencils, calculators, paper etc). This is the beginning of a classroom wired for action!

  These students are demonstrating independence, co-operation, self-management and communication, numeracy, information, problem solving, work and study skills. These are all the essential skills of the National curriculum framework.

These classes encourage independent learners and students are more self-directed. The environment will promote the developing of higher order thinking skills. It will offer children global learning opportunities through more available access. It can improve children's self esteem. Most of all, it promotes collaborative and co-operative learning. 


To focus on the concept of anytime,      

                        anywhere learning.  



  • To gain confidence in a variety of media in order to express their learning. 

  • To increase learning through the use of ICT 


  • To develop independence of ICT use. 


 Characterised by:
• Student-centered learning
• Active, exploratory and inquiry-based learning;
• Collaborative work
• Information exchange
• Critical thinking and informed decision making