Years 7 to 10
Generally, entering at Year 7 or Year 9, our new students quickly settle into ‘The Saint Kentigern Way,’ a philosophy founded on timeless Christian values which, together with a traditional emphasis on personal responsibility and high expectations, lays the foundation for a first class education.
In recognition that boys and girls learn differently in their early teens and often achieve better outcomes in single-gender classrooms, Saint Kentigern College operates a very successful ‘parallel education model’.
In the Middle School (Years 7-10), our boys and girls are taught separately for all core curriculum subjects. This model allows these younger students to learn in an environment best suited to their different development needs during their crucial, early teenage years.
Our students in Years 7 and 8 are taught in a homeroom environment with a dedicated classroom teacher however students also benefit from the expertise of specialist teachers for other key elements of the curriculum e.g. Arts and Technology.
All Middle School students follow a core curriculum founded on the New Zealand Curriculum and enhanced by the Christian Education programme that is an integral part of life at Saint Kentigern College. For all students, there is a focus on individual student centred learning and innovative use of digital technologies in the classroom to enhance learning opportunities. Saint Kentigern is a wireless campus and all students are required to purchase a personal laptop with required minimum specifications.
Where appropriate, for a smaller number of students, the College provides additional learning support programmes. Likewise, there are Year level extension programmes for identified Gifted and Talented Students.
Middle School Course Handbook
The Saint Kentigern College Middle School Course Handbook provides detailed information about the core curriculum and the range of optional subject choices available at each Year level of the Middle School. The Middle School years are a time for exploring new avenues of interest and our students are encouraged to keep their options open as long as possible.