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ERO Reports

2017 Readiness to Open Review.

ERO reviews all schools on a regular basis to give the Minister of Education, parents and the wider school community assurance about the quality of education schools provide and students receive. What follows are direct quotes from the 2017 Readiness to Open Review:


Preparatory work to ensure the opening of Rolleston College in January 2017 has been very well managed by the establishment board, the governance facilitator, the principal and the leadership team. The school is very well placed to cater for the needs of its foundation students.”

The foundation principal is strategic and leads the school well. The skilled senior leadership team has a collaborative vision for the school and is actively involved in all aspects of the life of the school and community. Together, they ensure high levels of effective communication.

A special feature of the curriculum and planning documents is the integration of the cultural narrative that underpins all decision making and learning. Horeaka Haemata-the flourishing lancewood tree is the name gifted to the school and is central to the college’s purpose and curriculum. The tree also links the college to the local environment. The cultural narrative resource was developed by the local rūnanga, Taumutu, and commissioned by the Ministry of Education. The bi-cultural perspective is clearly evident in the new school environment.”