Cromwell College is a secondary school with a difference. Since 1995 over 300 students have enjoyed our highly regarded and popular Outdoor Pursuits Academy. This academy enables students from around New Zealand and overseas to experience life in Central Otago for their final years of secondary schooling. Our school motto is Whaia te taumata, “pursue the highest peaks” – Deserve Success. We believe that we deserve and earn our success through a culture of mutual respect, high expectations and the pursuit of personal excellence. A culture of respect creates an environment where we can all learn and succeed.
Children are actively involved in their learning and celebrated for who they are. They are valued for their meaningful work through purposeful play. Children feel safe and happy and are respected as individuals where their personalities are cherished. They have fun!
Teachers are learners alongside children, our role is to observe, encourage, inspire and nurture – to teach children as they love to learn, through play. Our teachers delight in being with children, sharing in their moments of wonder and awe. Meaningful, responsive and respectful relationships are nurtured through positive interactions. Our teachers are valued for their knowledge, commitment and passion for children.
Our Environment is a place where the stage is set for learning. The learning environment is rich and inviting, the atmosphere is warm and nurturing. Resources, equipment and activities are hands on. Children’s minds, bodies and emotions develop through authentic learning experiences. The environment is predictable but allows for challenge and surprise.
Together with family we will enable the full potential of your child to emerge while fostering a love of learning, respect for others and a strong sense of self. Together we value each moment of the day and understand we are always learning.
We’re not just a childcare centre, we are a small and caring community. Our parents love our centre so much that they often enrol younger siblings because their first child has enjoyed their time here so much. You can’t get a better recommendation than that!
We’re open from 8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, and we offer the following sessions:
Morning session: 8.30am – 12.00pm Afternoon session: 12.30pm – 4.30pm School day session: 9.00am – 3.00pm All day session: 8.00am – 5.00pm
We offer 20 hours ECE for three and four-year-olds.
Cromwell Youth Trust
5A Murray Terrace, Cromwell 9310, New Zealand
Offering a wide variety of services from a free drop-in youth centre called The Hangout, adventurous Holiday Programmes, experiential learning through Youth Development Programmes, supportive 1-on-1 mentoring, inclusive events, engagement through schools and much more – Cromwell Youth Trust is the place to be for all youth.
The New Zealand vison is for young people who will be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.
The expected values are excellence, innovation, inquiry and curiosity, community and participation, ecological sustainability, integrity and respect.
The key competencies promoted are thinking, using language, symbols and text, managing self, relating to others, and participating and contributing.
The key learning areas are English, the arts, health and physical education, learning languages, mathematics and statistics, science, social sciences and technology.
The principles used to guide curriculum delivery in schools include high expectations, Treaty of Waitangi, cultural diversity, inclusion, learning to learn, community engagement, coherence and future focus.
All day care and education 8:00 – 5:30 for children 0-5. 20 free hours per week for 3 & 4 year olds. Open throughout school holidays. Qualified and experienced teachers. High teacher-child ratios. Newly refitted centre. Age and developmentally appropriate small group times to extend on each child’s own learning journey. Ongoing observation, guidance and planning for children’s learning and development. All the benefits of a mixed aged setting where whanau relationships are cherished and strengthened. Comprehensive transition to school program. Regular and varied outings into the community. An environment that encourages risk taking, developing independence and decision making skills. An environment with good indoor-outdoor flow and lots of natural light. A strong advocate of learning through play. Morning and afternoon tea provided. Open door policy but parent help not a requirement.
At Willows we highly value the importance of play. Our team works collaboratively to provide quality learning and teaching based on the tamariki’s own interests and uniqueness. The tamariki are empowered to take leadership in their learning, develop their social skills and the confidence to make their own choices, take risks and express themselves.
We use NZ Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whāriki to guide our planning for each individual child. This is an emergent curriculum and encourages tamariki to learn through free plan both independently and alongside their teachers and peers. We are committed to ongoing evaluation and professional development to ensure we are meeting the needs of all tamariki / whanau.
Cromwell is the hub of the Central Otago campus and offers the widest variety of programmes of the three venues. Mountains can be classrooms. Apples can be teachers. Computers can open doors. With Otago Polytechnic’s courses in Cromwell, Wanaka and Queenstown, education doesn’t have to be ordinary! Applying for a course: Applications are welcome at any time from anyone resident in New Zealand. Options are also available to international students. Your past work and life experience counts at Otago Polytechnic. An initial evaluation will determine if you have already earned some course credits. If you want to pursue a particular qualification, but haven’t completed the required prerequisites, that’s no reason to give up. Most of the courses are not only excellent career moves in their own right, but they can also lead on to more advanced programmes. Full Time Courses: Computing, Adventure Tourism, Tourism & Hospitality, Horticulture Part-Time Courses: Business, Tourism & Hospitality, Horticulture, Art