At Year 7, a new intake of girls joins our current student body and 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, girls 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 Year 7 and 8 require specialist programmes in order to prepare them for their secondary school years.
As they prepare for this transition, our girls are offered new and varied challenges with a focus on helping them develop study skills, manage their time more independently, and to guide them in the exploration of their individual talents and aptitudes. At this level, our girls are exposed to a wide range of assessment tasks including examinations 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 these older girls to strive for. All Year 8 girls become members of the Leadership Team and there are specific roles for the girls such as Head Girl, Deputy Head Girl, House Prefects, Sports Prefect and Head of School Council. These opportunities, along with Life Skills training, help our oldest girls navigate the early teen years as they work towards their Year 8 Graduation, which is marked with a family ceremony.