Paraparaumu College Charter & Strategic Plan 2015

 
Paraparaumu College Charter & Strategic Plan 2015
Paraparaumu College
     Charter &
   Strategic Plan
       2015

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Paraparaumu College Charter & Strategic Plan 2015
Paraparaumu College – “Connect, Learn, Thrive”

Paraparaumu College is a thriving community of learners located at Paraparaumu on the Kapiti
Coast, 45 minutes’ drive (or train-ride) north of Wellington City. The majority of us live in the
local area of Paraparaumu, Paraparaumu Beach, Otaihanga, Waikanae and Pekapeka.

We are a co-educational secondary school for students from Years 9 to 13. For the purposes
of Ministry of Education funding Paraparaumu College is graded within decile 8, but our
community is drawn from the whole range of Kapiti’s socio-economic groups, reflecting New
Zealand as a whole.

Of our 1150 students, approximately 165 identify as New Zealand Māori. Some have
connections to Te Ātiawa, the tangata whenua of the area. Our Strategic and Annual Plans
and Te Ako Patuia (our Good Learner Partnership Plan) outline our work developing for the
school, policies and practices that reflect New Zealand’s cultural diversity and the unique
position of Māori culture within Aotearoa. Our work in this area is supported by the “Kia Ake
Panuku – Building on Success” programme. All our students have the opportunity to learn
about tikanga Māori (Māori culture) and te reo Māori (Māori language).

Paraparaumu College’s principles, our curriculum, our approaches to learning and our values
are summarised by our “Good Learner Profile”. As a community of curious learners we strive
to be self-managing and critical thinkers, focused on the task at hand, collaborative in our
approach and resilient when we encounter obstacles. These learning attributes are crucial in
the digital age as teachers no longer control students’ access to knowledge, information and
ideas.

Paraparaumu College has a strong record of student academic achievement, success in sport
and the performing arts. Several of our teachers have been recognised for their leadership
and teaching with national and international awards.

Paraparaumu College is a “Positive Behaviour for Learning” School. This provides us with a
framework for ensuring that the attributes of the “Good Learner” are fostered through our
interactions with each other. As a Wellington Loop school, we also partner with other schools
in the Wellington region in our work transforming learning at Paraparaumu College in the
digital age.

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Paraparaumu College

   Strategic Plan
     2014-2017

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PARAPARAUMU COLLEGE’S GOOD LEARNER PROFILE

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STRATEGIC PRIORITIES
As a result of extensive consultation with the Paraparaumu College community, the BOT has identified three priority areas. Projects to support each area
are listed below. The tables following these strategic priorities unpack these priority areas into time bound action plans

             Teaching Excellence                                 Learning Excellence                              A Culture of Excellence
To attract, retain, develop and support           To inspire all students to achieve personal          To enhance the culture of learning,
high quality energetic teachers,                  excellence in their learning                         whanau and community at
leaders and staff                                   1. Curriculum, timetable and reporting             Paraparaumu College
   1. A leading and stimulating educational            procedures are developed to support the             1. Community relationships are enriched
      environment is established                       vision established through the Good Learner            in order to support Paraparaumu
   2. Systems and structures which support             Project                                                College’s students and enhance the
      high quality teaching and learning are        2. Te Ako Patuia – The Paraparaumu College                capacity of its staff
      developed                                        Partnership Plan is implemented                     2. Alternative pastoral structures are
   3. Staff professional learning is aligned        3. A culture of critical inquiry is developed             considered as a means of enhancing
      with the emphases of Paraparaumu                 within the College with the aim of improving           the College’s culture.
      College’s Good Learner Profile and Te            the academic performance of all students.           3. The extra-curricular programmes are
      Ako Patuia (partnership plan)                 4. Initiatives which support the personalisation          developed in order to increase
   4. A culture of innovative curriculum               of learning are developed, implemented and             student participation
      practice is developed.                           supported.                                          4. Communication strategies used
                                                                                                              within the College and with its
                                                                                                              community are reviewed and
                                                                                                              enhanced.
                                                                                                           5. Approaches are developed which
                                                                                                              promote pride, learning and
                                                                                                              achievement at Paraparaumu College
                                                                                                           6. A new property plan is developed in
                                                                                                              light of The Good Learner Project and
                                                                                                              Te Ako Patuia.

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STRATEGIC PRIORITIES IN DETAIL

Priority Area #1 - To attract, retain, develop, and support high quality energetic teachers, leaders and staff

    Key                                                        Objectives                                          Status        Target Year
 Strategies                                                                                                                       2014-17
A leading      Celebrate and acknowledge the expertise and achievements of staff.                               Implemented          2014
and                                                                                                              and ongoing
stimulating    Increase staff involvement in extra-curricular activities.                                        Refocus for         2014
educational                                                                                                         2015
environment
               A leadership programme for Paraparaumu College staff members to foster leadership potential in                        2015
is
established    staff members is implemented.

               The professional development programme is responsive to student and staff needs.                                      2015

               The feasibility of establishing an educational research institute at Paraparaumu College is                           2016
               determined.

Systems and    Develop systems and structures between the Senior Management Team and staff that provide a        Completed           2014
structures     collaborative and transparent way of supporting high quality teaching.
which
support high   A performance management system aligned with the College’s vision, which improves curriculum     Commenced            2014
quality        delivery and student achievement, is implemented.                                                and ongoing
teaching and
learning are   Cultural competencies (as identified in Tataiako) are considered when appointments are made,     Commenced            2014
developed      performance appraisals are undertaken and professional learning is provided.                     and ongoing

               Improve the accessibility of the Principal to staff.                                             Focus for 2015       2014

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Support functions are aligned to curriculum delivery, student achievement and optimise the use of      Review            2014
               College resources.                                                                                     completed and
                                                                                                                      new structure
                                                                                                                      in place
Staff          The in-school professional learning programme is reviewed annually to ensure that it aligns with the   Implemented     2014-2017
professional   Good Learner Profile and meets student and staff needs.                                                and ongoing
learning is
               The professional learning programme includes space for staff within learning areas and in cross-       Implemented     2014-2017
aligned with                                                                                                          and ongoing
               curricular groups to review and develop curriculum programmes and teaching approaches in light of
the
               the Good Learner Profile.
emphases of
Paraparaumu
College’s
Good
Learner
Profile
A culture of   Personalised learning becomes the norm at Paraparaumu College.                                                           2015
innovative
curriculum
practice is    A cross-curricular and collaborative approach to learning is trialled and recommendations presented                      2016
developed.     to the Board of Trustees.

               Review the impact of the Good Learner Profile on learning at Paraparaumu College.                                        2016

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Priority Area #2 - To inspire all students to achieve personal excellence in their learning

     Key Strategies                                                Objectives                                                             Target Year
                                                                                                                                           2014-17
Curriculum, timetable    Meaningful information about student progress is provided to the Board of Trustees on a       Commenced          2014-2017
and reporting            regular basis to support governance decisions that impact on student achievement              and ongoing
procedures are
                         Video conference and other digital technologies are utilised to increase curriculum breadth   Implemented        2014-2017
developed to support
                         and enhance existing curriculum programmes.                                                   and ongoing
the vision established
through the Good         A “Good Learner” programme is established within the Year 9 curriculum so that students       Programme in          2015
Learner Project          learn how to learn                                                                            place for 2015
                         The timetable (including the number of options at each level) is reviewed.                                          2015
                         Real time and meaningful information about student progress is provided to individual                               2015
                         students, their parents and teachers so that everyone understands the next learning steps.
Te Ako Patuia – The      Te Ako Patuia – The Paraparaumu College Partnership Plan becomes integral to the day-to-      Plan                  2014
Paraparaumu College      day college life.                                                                             established. Kia
Partnership Plan is                                                                                                    Ake Panuku
implemented                                                                                                            initiative to
                                                                                                                       support
                                                                                                                       implementation
A culture of critical    The Departmental Self-Review processes are enhanced by focusing on curriculum learning        Completed             2014
inquiry is developed     areas rather than individual departments
within the College
                         The achievement of boys at Paraparaumu College is improved.                                   Inquiry               2014
with the aim of
                                                                                                                       underway
improving the
academic                 The level of student input into curriculum design is increased.                                                     2015
performance of all       Paraparaumu College’s special needs and learning support programmes are enhanced.                                   2015
students.
                         Learning experiences outside of a traditional classroom are explored and adopted.                                   2016

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Initiatives which    Gifted and Talented students are identified, supported, extended and celebrated.                  Pilot         2014
support the                                                                                                            programme
personalisation of                                                                                                     established
learning are
                     Student achievement data is used to effectively track student progress and inform teaching        Commenced     2014
developed,
                     and learning.                                                                                     and ongoing
implemented and
supported.           Initiatives for tracking student achievement and interventions (e.g. individualised study leave   Implemented   2014
                     programme) are coordinated to ensure that each student reaches his or her potential.              and ongoing
                     Gateway ‘Home Room’ and other careers and pathways-focused initiatives enhance                                  2015
                     opportunities for individual students.
                     Student autonomy and ownership of their learning is encouraged.                                                 2016

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Priority Area #3 - To enhance the culture of learning, whanau and community at Paraparaumu College

  Key Strategies                                                    Objectives                                                Status       Target Year
                                                                                                                                            2014-17
Community               A Pasifika Parents ‘Fono’ is established with the aim of supporting the achievement of Pasifika     Implemented        2014
relationships are       students.                                                                                            and ongoing
enriched in order
                        A student ‘Tech Crew’ is established to support both students and teachers in their understanding   Commenced          2014
to support
                        and use of digital technologies.                                                                    and ongoing
Paraparaumu
College’s students
                        Opportunities to develop formal and informal partnerships with innovative business and              Implemented     2014-2017
and enhance the
                        community groups are sought with the aim of providing students with authentic learning               and ongoing
capacity of its staff
                        experiences.
                        Partnerships with community groups are developed with the aim of increasing service                 Commenced       2014-2017
                        opportunities for students.                                                                         and ongoing

                        Relationships with local and other Wellington Loop schools are enhanced with the aim of             Implemented     2014-2017
                        providing Paraparaumu College staff and students with opportunities to collaborate with those in     and ongoing
                        other schools.
Alternative             The house system is developed as a means of fostering student leadership opportunities and a         Completed         2014
pastoral structures     sense of belonging at Paraparaumu College.                                                          and ongoing
are considered as a
means of                The structures for deaning and form groups are developed to enhance teacher, student and                               2015
enhancing the           whanau relationships and personalise learning at Paraparaumu College.
College’s culture.

The extra-          Participation of students and staff involved in Paraparaumu College sport is increased.                  Focus for         2014
curricular                                                                                                                     2015
programmes are
developed in order Participation of students and staff involved in the Paraparaumu College arts programme is                 Focus for         2014
to increase student increased.                                                                                                 2015
participation

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Communication        A plan for increasing the publicity and media coverage of Paraparaumu College and its people is      Completed       2014
strategies used      formulated.                                                                                             and
within the College                                                                                                       implemented
and with its
                     Consultation strategies (e.g. the Wellington City ‘commuter lunch’) are developed or enhanced as    Implemented    2014-2017
community are
                     a means of developing a culture of critical inquiry at Paraparaumu College.                          and ongoing
reviewed and
enhanced.            Communication channels used within the College are broadened and optimised by taking                                 2015
                     advantage of digital communication trends.
                     The Student/Parent/Teacher interviews are developed to provide a better learner and learning                         2016
                     focused structure.
Approaches are       The Ministry of Education’s Positive Behaviour for Learning initiative is implemented in order to   Implemented      2014
developed which      enhance teaching and learning at Paraparaumu College.                                                and ongoing
promote pride,
learning and         A range of strategies for acknowledging and celebrating student academic success at                 Implemented      2014
achievement at       Paraparaumu College and within the community is developed.                                           and ongoing
Paraparaumu          Strategies are developed to ensure that the uniform is worn to a high standard by all students       Focus for       2014
College              with the aim of enhancing school pride.                                                                2015
                     The development of an international fee paying student programme at Paraparaumu College is                           2016
                     explored.
                     Uniform variations are explored to provide a means of developing identity and acknowledging                          2016
                     success in academic and extra-curricular pursuits.
                     Restorative practices are incorporated into the pastoral system at the College.                                      2016

A new property       A new property plan is developed in order to modernise learning environments                        Implemented      2014
plan is developed                                                                                                         and ongoing
in light of The

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Good Learner         A Cultural Centre is developed at the College.          Concept      2014
Project and Te Ako                                                          developed.
Patuia                                                                     Consultation
                                                                            underway

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Paraparaumu College

  Operating Plan
     2015

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PARAPARAUMU COLLEGE’S GOOD LEARNER PROFILE
Paraparaumu College’s principles, our curriculum, our approaches to
learning and our values are summarised by our “Good Learner Profile”. As a
community of curious learners we strive to be self-managing and critical
thinkers, focused on the task at hand, collaborative in our approach and
resilient when we encounter obstacles. These learning attributes are crucial
in the digital age as teachers no longer control students’ access to
knowledge, information and ideas.

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STRATEGIC PRIORITIES
Three priority areas have been identified. Projects to support each area are listed below.

             Teaching Excellence                                  Learning Excellence                                A Culture of Excellence
To attract, retain, develop and support            To inspire all students to achieve personal          To enhance the culture of learning, whanau
high quality energetic teachers,                   excellence in their learning                         and community at Paraparaumu College
leaders and staff                                    1. Curriculum, timetable and reporting               1. Community relationships are enriched in
   1. A leading and stimulating educational             procedures are developed to support the              order to support Paraparaumu College’s
      environment is established                        vision established through the Good Learner          students and enhance the capacity of its staff
   2. Systems and structures which support              Project                                           2. Alternative pastoral structures are
      high quality teaching and learning are         2. Te Ako Patuia – The Paraparaumu College              considered as a means of enhancing the
      developed                                         Partnership Plan is implemented                      College’s culture.
   3. Staff professional learning is aligned         3. A culture of critical inquiry is developed        3. The extra-curricular programmes are
      with the emphases of Paraparaumu                  within the College with the aim of improving         developed in order to increase student
      College’s Good Learner Profile and Te             the academic performance of all students.            participation
      Ako Patuia                                     4. Initiatives which support the personalisation     4. Communication strategies used within the
   4. A culture of innovative curriculum                of learning are developed, implemented and           College and with its community are reviewed
      practice is developed.                            supported.                                           and enhanced.
                                                                                                          5. Approaches are developed which promote
                                                                                                             pride, learning and achievement at
                                                                                                             Paraparaumu College
                                                                                                          6. A new property plan is developed in light of
                                                                                                             The Good Learner Project and Te Ako Patuia

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1. 2015 TARGETS
This Operational Plan is designed to raise student achievement in order to meet the following targets:

Maori
   85% of all Maori students who leave Paraparaumu College gain NCEA Level Two

Boys
    85% of all boys who leave Paraparaumu College gain NCEA Level Two

Pasifika
    85% of all Pasifika students who leave Paraparaumu College gain NCEA Level Two

Level One
    90% of all Year 11 students (roll-based)* gain NCEA Level One (204/227 students)
    22% gain excellence certificate endorsements (45/227 students)

Level Two
    85% of all Year 12 students (roll based)* gain NCEA Level Two (207/244 students)
    19% gain excellence certificate endorsements (46/244 students)

Level Three
    71% of all Year 13 students (roll-based)* gain NCEA Level Three (163/230 students) TBC
    59% gain University Entrance (136/230 students)
    14% gain excellence certificate endorsements (32/230 students)

NZ Scholarship
    20 scholarship awards won

*This includes all students in a particular year level rather than “participation” statistics which exclude students without a full assessment programme

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OPERATIONAL OBJECTIVES
Priority Area #1 - To attract, retain, develop, and support high quality energetic teachers, leaders and staff

Objective: A leading and stimulating educational environment is established

Actions                                                                                                       Measure                 Date of delivery
An investigative report is written in which incentives for increasing staff involvement in extra-curricular   Report is presented     March 2015
activities are identified.                                                                                    to the Board and
                                                                                                              subsequent
                                                                                                              decisions made
A leadership programme for Paraparaumu College staff members is implemented                                   A programme is          December 2015
                                                                                                              established and first
                                                                                                              set of participants
                                                                                                              identified

Objective: Systems and structures which support high quality teaching and learning are developed

Actions                                                                                                        Measure                Date of delivery
A schedule is established so that every staff member meets formally with the Principal once every two years to A schedule for 2015    March 2015
discuss goals and ideas for the future direction of the College.                                               and 2016 is
                                                                                                               developed. 2015
                                                                                                               appointments are
                                                                                                               met
Cultural competencies (as identified in Tataiako) are included in procedures for staff appointments, staff     Procedures related     September 2015
appraisal processes and professional learning plans.                                                           to staff updated

The staff appraisal system is reviewed to ensure that it aligns with the College’s vision, and supports       Appraisals for 2016     December 2015
curriculum delivery and student achievement.                                                                  based on new
                                                                                                              system

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Objective: Staff professional learning is aligned with the emphases of Paraparaumu College’s Good Learner Profile and Te Ako Patuia

Actions                                                                                                      Measure                  Date of delivery
The in-school professional learning programme for 2015 is reviewed to ensure that it aligns with the Good    Programme                September 2015
Learner Profile and Te Ako Patuia and meets student and staff needs.                                         reviewed and
                                                                                                             revised

Objective: A culture of innovative curriculum practice is developed

Actions                                                                                                      Measure                  Date of delivery
New initiatives which support the personalisation of learning are implemented.                               Two new initiatives      September 2015
                                                                                                             are reported to the
                                                                                                             BOT

Priority Area #2 - To inspire all students to achieve personal excellence in their learning

Objective: Curriculum, timetable and reporting procedures are developed to support the vision established through the Good Learner Project

Actions                                                                                                      Measure                  Date of delivery
Video conferences and other digital technologies are utilised in order to increase curriculum breadth and    The College offers          February 2015
enhance existing curriculum programmes.                                                                      one course through
                                                                                                             the Virtual Learning
                                                                                                             Network for 2015.

A process is established through which meaningful information about student achievement is provided to the   Process established           July 2015
Board of Trustees on a regular basis to support governance decisions that impact on student achievement

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A “Good Learner” programme is established within the Year 9 curriculum so that students learn some                Programme                 March 2015
strategies about how to learn at Paraparaumu College.                                                             established and
                                                                                                                  evaluated
The timetable (including the number of options at each level) is reviewed with student, staff and parent input.   Timetable reviewed           July 2015
                                                                                                                  with new structure
                                                                                                                  in place for 2016
Real time and meaningful information about student progress is provided to individual students, their parents     Real-time reporting          April 2015
and teachers so that everyone understands next learning steps.                                                    initiative
                                                                                                                  implemented

Objective: Te Ako Patuia – The Paraparaumu College Partnership Plan is implemented

Actions                                                                                                           Measure               Date of delivery
The “Kia Ake Panuku- Building on Success” programme is implemented with the aim of raising Maori student          First year’s          December 2015
achievement.                                                                                                      milestone’s met

Objective: A culture of critical inquiry is developed within the College with the aim of improving the academic performance of all students.

Actions                                                                                                           Measure               Date of delivery
The processes for Learning Area Self-Reviews are refined to ensure that school-wide priorities are emphasised     New templates for     March 2015
within all reviews.                                                                                               2015 Learning Area
                                                                                                                  Reviews are
                                                                                                                  developed
An investigation into the factors influencing boys’ achievement at Paraparaumu College is undertaken, with        Report considered     July 2015
recommendations considered by the Curriculum Leadership Group.                                                    by CLG and
                                                                                                                  recommendations
                                                                                                                  accepted
A review of Paraparaumu College’s special needs and learning support programmes is carried out.                   Review completed      September 2015.
                                                                                                                  and
                                                                                                                  recommendations
                                                                                                                  implemented for
                                                                                                                  2016.
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Objective: Initiatives which support the personalisation of learning are developed, implemented and supported.

Actions                                                                                                         Measure                Date of delivery
The 2014 Year 9 Gifted and Talented pilot programme is expanded to Year 10.                                     Expanded               December 2015
                                                                                                                programme in place
A coordinated approach is established which supports and enhances the use of student achievement data to        Early identification   June 2015
more effectively track student progress and inform teaching and learning.                                       of target students
                                                                                                                with appropriate
                                                                                                                interventions in
                                                                                                                place
The recommendations from the 2014 review of Pathways programmes within the College are implemented.             Recommendations        December 2015
                                                                                                                implemented
A plan for enhancing the Paraparaumu College curriculum to enable students to be “Asia Equipped” is             Plan developed         March 2015
developed in conjunction with Asia New Zealand.

Priority Area #3 - To enhance the culture of learning, whanau and community at Paraparaumu College

Objective: Community relationships are enriched in order to support Paraparaumu College’s students and enhance the capacity of its staff

Actions                                                                                                         Measure                Date of delivery
The Kapiti Tech Expo is utilised as an opportunity to develop community connections to support student          Participation in       July 2015
engagement and achievement.                                                                                     Kapiti Tech Expo
Opportunities to be part of a formal “Community of Schools” in the Otaki-Kapiti area are actively explored.     Participation in IES   December 2015
                                                                                                                discussions
Plans for working with other schools as part of the Asian Language Learning in Schools (ALLiS) initiative are   Plans developed        December 2015
developed.

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Objective: Alternative pastoral structures are considered as a means of enhancing the College’s culture.

Operational Objectives                                                                                       Measure               Date of delivery
The structures for deaning and form groups are developed to enhance teacher, student and whanau              New structures in     December 2015
relationships and personalise learning at Paraparaumu College.                                               place for 2016.

Objective: The extra-curricular programmes are developed in order to increase student participation.

Actions                                                                                                      Measure               Date of delivery
A review of the extra-curricular offerings at the College is undertaken with the aim of increasing student   Review is completed   July 2015
participation.                                                                                               and submitted to
                                                                                                             the BOT

Objective: Communication strategies used within the College and with its community are reviewed and enhanced.

Actions                                                                                                      Measure               Date of delivery
Fortnightly emails to whanau and parents provide links to an up-to-date College website.                     Fortnightly parent    2015
                                                                                                             emails
An automated text-alert system is utilised as part of the College’s absence procedures.                      Automated text        March 2015
                                                                                                             system in place

Objective: Approaches are developed which promote pride, learning and achievement at Paraparaumu College

Actions                                                                                                      Measure               Date of delivery

The Ministry of Education’s Positive Behaviour for Learning initiative is implemented in order to enhance    Second year’s         December 2015
teaching and learning at Paraparaumu College.                                                                milestones met
A working group is established in order to develop a range of strategies for acknowledging and celebrating   Working group         June 2015
student academic success at Paraparaumu College and within the community.                                    established

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Objective: A new property plan is developed in light of The Good Learner Project and Te Ako Patuia

Actions                                                                                                 Measure          Date of delivery
An overall plan for the development of property at Paraparaumu College is finalised with the aim of     Plan finalised   July 2015
remediating leaky buildings and developing modern learning environments in line with the Good Learner
Project and Te Ako Patuia.

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