The timetable structure is designed to allow the students to maximise their learning through a number of contexts and experiences. It also allows parents to be able to have effective input and be more fully involved in the education of their children.
The school day is from 8.30am to 12.50pm, with classes to cover the curriculum. Children are able to work at their own level and with others of similar ability. There is a day-to-day student:teacher ratio of 15:1. During this time, the students have a variety of tasks and expectations of their input are high with little down-time. A significant amount of the work is overtly taught by the staff to ensure that the New Zealand Curriculum is fully covered. This includes classes for Maths, Science, English, Social Studies and Technology. This teaching is done within the context of the projects that the groups are currently working through. The children also have a significant amount of time to direct their own work as individuals and in groups. Research, thinking, and presenting skills are developed in depth.
In the afternoon programme (1.30 - 3.15pm), the year group's classes rotate through different activities each week. Year 7 to Year 10 will participate in the following afternoon programmes
- Sport (2 Afternoons)
- Community Learning and Community Service
The sport provision will be provided by a combination of health, fitness skills with specialised coaches
These activities are organised by the school. However, if a parent wishes to arrange specialised tuition for their child in the designated activity, they will have the freedom to do so at their own cost (e.g. tennis coaching, music lessons taught by outside professionals).
The children primarily work in their year groups during the morning sessions. We sometimes make changes for individuals to provide a better match to project, interest and need. Their year groupings are the basis for the organisation of the afternoon programmes.
Year 10 students are taught in a manner that keeps in mind preparation for their transition into the final years of schooling. The children will be well prepared for entry into year 11 at a secondary school and have an excellent base upon which to excel in the new qualifications framework or overseas administered exams.