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New-Tall-DeviceOur Values

Our vision is to create Thinkers And Learners for Life (TALL).

The TALL (Thinking and Learning for Life) Learner philosophy is central to everything we do at Heathcote Valley School. It provides us with the framework to develop students and staff in a range of attributes and attitudes. The original TALL Learner was established in 2005, and was redeveloped to integrate with the revised New Zealand Curriculum in 2009.

The concept of having a rainbow as an integral part of the TALL Learner visual stems from ancient Maori, who thought that the brilliant rainbow often observed over Castle Rock could only be the celestial form or aura of Kahukura, the Rainbow God. This link is also apparent in our school logo. In our School logo, the words “Te Tihi O Kahukura” literally mean the “Peak of the Rainbow”.