Education Principles

Education Principles2017-03-19T02:03:43+00:00

Holistic education; and Learning as a life journey

Learning at Taruna College has two foundational principles.  The first being a holistic approach, meaning students are engaged in head, heart and hands.  The second is that learning is part of the adult life journey.

The following values inform every Taruna course:

  • Student diversity in all its facets is a strength that underpins everything we do at Taruna.
  • Study at Taruna enables students to:
    • Understand and engage with their field of study in a holistic way.
    • Develop a deep reflective understanding of the creative human being; and
    • Shape their own life journey through reflective practice.
  • All members of the Taruna community – students and staff – show mutual respect, are curious, have integrity, act professionally, care for each other, and are prepared to challenge each other.
  • Learning at Taruna is intellectual, experiential, spiritual and emotional.
  • Programmes offered by Taruna are informed by Rudolf Steiner’s image of the human being and are grounded in, and respond to, a bicultural and multicultural Aotearoa/New Zealand.
  • Teaching at Taruna facilitates learning, and is inclusive, strength-based, and inspires and challenges students.
  • Every teacher at Taruna knows and values each learner as a whole person; is responsive to the holistic needs and goals of the students; knows their field of study and how to teach this; and is a lifelong learner.
  • Enrolment guidance at Taruna is well-informed and appropriately tailored to the individual’s needs and goals.
  • There is appropriate pastoral support for students at Taruna.
  • Every programme at Taruna has rhythm and structure; has clear aspirational goals which are aligned with contemporary professional practice; is designed to enable teaching and learning as defined above; and empowers students to explore further pathways.
  • Taruna college as an organisation supports the above through;
    • Visionary and inspiring leadership;
    • Adequate and contemporary resources;
    • Effective administrative support; and
    • Nurturing a culture of learning for all.