Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of student attends Middle School West Auckland?
Students of all ability levels. The key is that with the small class size, a project-based curriculum, I.B.P's, split day and the care and professionalism from each staff member, we are able to cater for all students and encourage them to excel.
Are there any fees?
Middle School West Auckland is a Designated Character School. The education is free and we also provide uniform and stationery and cover the cost of field trips.
How structured is the learning environment?
The school is both structured and disciplined. The students do three full classes each morning in their core subjects (Mathematics, English, Science, Social Studies, Technology) and also have an independent learning hour. In their independent time, the Year 7 & 8 students are supervised on 2 to 3 of the periods. All students have access to teaching staff to answer questions during this time. There is a very high expectation that students use their independent time to the best of their ability.
What is the practical outcome of the Christian focus and principles?
On a day-to-day basis, the expectations of how staff work with the students and the level of demonstrated respect that students have for each other, staff and the members of the community they interact with is a key outcome of this area.
The school does not have formal religious education but the Christian ethic and worldview is a foundation to all of our teaching. The children feel comfortable being challenged on their thoughts and challenging others (including staff).
Students come to the school from a diverse range of backgrounds and we do not believe any feel uncomfortable within it due to their beliefs.
Does Middle School West Auckland have an enrolment zone?
Middle School West Auckland has a no zoning policy. All students from all areas are welcome to enrol.
How can parents be involved?
We warmly welcome parent involvement at Middle School West Auckland. An open-door policy operates with parents, family and wider whānau, who are all welcome to visit the school, to talk informally with teachers and to look at their child’s work. Each campus has a designated whānau or aiga space where families can meet with staff and each other. Brochures and information about local community support groups and educational opportunities are available. The use of community members, parents, family and wider whānau as learning resources and tutors is actively encouraged. A parent will be encouraged to be in partnership with the school for their child’s education.