Growth Mindset

At Fairfield School, we have a strong belief in the concept of a Growth Mindset. This term was developed by Dr Carol Dweck and we have spent a lot of time understanding and applying the notion of a growth mindset.

A growth mindset is about:

  • perseverance
  • learning from failure
  • seeing challenge as learning
  • not giving up
  • effort = success
  • taking feedback, using it and improving next time.
  • setting goals and meeting challenges
  • praising the process, not just the end result
  • that we have the capacity to grow our brains and make new connections

Our classes regularly talk about and implement what it is to have a growth mindset. With this, we also celebrate mistakes and that real learning is when something is hard and we persevere to work through it. You can read more about Dweck’s Mindset HERE.

At our recent assembly, Room 8 shared this inspirational video with us, celebrating people, who when faced with criticism or failure, didn’t give up, but worked hard to achieve success. People who followed their passion and worked through adversity.

This is a fantastic video, which is a must watch:


ePro8 Winners

Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 9.11.31 pmThe EPro8 Challenge is a competition, an engineering and problem solving race.

Teams compete to:

  • build large sized structures
  • solve practical problems
  • engineer using pulleys, motors, gears, wheels and axles
  • invent machines that can complete simple tasks
  • undertake unusual and fun experiments.
  • construct basic electronic circuits.
  • solve interesting problems using practical maths

We entered two Year 7/8 teams, e=mc2 and Little Einsteins, in the Horowhenua Year 7/8 Competition held at Levin Intermediate School.

Congratulations to Italy, Cody, Paloma and Nikau of e=mc2 who won the competition! Fantastic!

These children will now represent our school and area at the regional finals.

We also entered two Year 5/6 teams, Fairfield Fixits and Fairfield Figure Its, in the Horowhenua Year 5/6 Competition held at Levin Intermediate School.

Congratulations to Callum, James, Emma and Lachie of Fairfield Figure Its who got fourth, which qualified them to go through to the regional finals, well done!

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Visits to Kawiu Marae

On Thursday 2 and Friday 3 March, our school visited Kawiu Marae, of Muaūpoko Iwi. Our juniors visited on Thursday and our seniors visited on Friday.

The visits to the marae provided our children with an outstanding learning experience, where they were involved in powhiri, waiata, hongi and the breaking of tapu, through shared kai.

Our children were outstanding and did themselves proud, with their superb behaviour and respect of kawa.

We are incredibly grateful to Muaūpoko for hosting us and welcoming us onto their Marae. These visits have started our relationship with Muaūpoko and Kawiu.

Ka mau te wehi ngā tamariki!

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