At Year 7, a new intake of boys joins our current student body adding another two classes at the Senior level. With a camp early in Term 1, it doesn’t take long for our new students to settle and form new friendships.
At this age, boys are experiencing significant changes in physical, intellectual and emotional development. They are beginning to discover what truly interests them and to understand where their strengths lie. It is well recognised that students in Years 7 and 8 require specialist programmes in order to prepare them for their secondary school years.
Our Senior boys are offered a wide curriculum with new and varied challenges. As well as their homeroom teacher, who teach English, mathematics and Inquiry topics, the boys are taught by specialist teachers for Christian education, science, French, physical education, music, technology, food technology and art. Exposure to a variety of teachers at this age helps ease the transition to secondary schooling.
Learning programmes to extend children with exceptional abilities are part of the differentiated curriculum within the classroom with further extension through our Challenges and Mentoring programme to expose these students to higher levels of learning. Students who may need extra assistance are also catered for with a personalised programme and are supported by the Learning Support Department.
At Senior level, our boys are exposed to a wide range of assessment tasks including formative and summative assessments, and they are well prepared to command advantageous places in New Zealand's top secondary schools.
As seniors in the School, there are many leadership opportunities for our older boys to strive for, especially the responsibility of guiding and mentoring younger students. These include specific roles such as Prefects, School Councillors, Peer Mediators, along with many other opportunities for leadership and responsibility within the day to day running of a school. These opportunities help our boys to develop confidence as they move towards their Year 8 Graduation, which is marked with a family ceremony.