"In your light we see light." Psalm 36:9
helping parents nurture children in excellence and truth for Christ
Small Class, Individual Help
Junior primary students are taught in a class with a 25 pupil maximum, and with small break-off groups, or integration into Junior Secondary classes as needed. For most lessons there are fewer than 20 children in the class.
Courses are adapted for each student to meet specific needs. With a multi-grade home class group, children are taught at their level for each subject ~ and at different levels for different subjects if appropriate.
Our attractive, modern, computer-equipped classrooms ensure children are taught in a supportive environment with ready access to everything needed. Children are seated at desks and in chairs matched to their size for ergonomic safety.
We use our own curriculum, shaped by over 20 years of experience in Christian schooling, and reviewed continuously to ensure it keeps pace with the rapidly changing world in which God has placed these children. To ensure we provide modern, world-class courses and meet the best possible standards we use the Cambridge Primary Curriculum as a benchmark and the Cambridge acheivement and progression tests to monitor and report on chidlren's learning, and to ensure they have the foundation needed for secondary schooling.
Enriching the Basic Curriculum
We are committed to a structured, progressive, content-rich approach to teaching. We believe God has entrusted us with a heritage of knowledge and skill to pass on to children instead of, as in many modern approaches to teaching, leaving children to "discover" or "create" knowledge from their own inexperience.
Development of the basics of Bible, English and Mathematics is maintained in a balanced core curriculum that includes Computing and IT (including Cambridge ICT Starters), Science, History, Geography and Government, Physical Care, Music and Art.
Pupils are introduced to languages (including French, Mäori, NT Greek & Hebrew).
Increased emphasis is placed on independent research skills, evaluating and applying information, and responsible decision making.
Technology (including Electronics, Cooking, Woodwork, Crafts, horticulture, and technical drawing) is introduced. Also in years 7 & 8 exams are introduced (at the end of each year) and students exhibit their first independent research projects in public.
Because we work with the same curriculum and the same teachers throughout the schoool, year 7 & 8 students are fully prepared for the beginning of their Secondary schooling.
Working With Parents
We believe our role is to help parents, not take over from them. That means we keep parents fully informed about their children's schooling, and are open to parents' insights and advice. To ensure the best possible communication:
Children take home each day a log book (their "Course Record") which indicates what has happened during the day, lists home work requirements, and provides space for feedback between home and school
Regular tests (weekly in some subjects) are used to monitor children's learning: all marked tests are shown to parents
When Cambridge Achievement Tests are given, parents receive the same data teachers receive: an analytical report on their child's knowledge and skill
All class work is shared with parents, with a roster that ensures you see every exercise book at least once a term
Written reports based on objective evaluation of learning and progress are issued twice a year
Parents are always welcome in the school (by appointment please if you need to talk to a staff member), and we schedule two interviews with parents a year to ensure communication is clear and constructive
Our small classes, flexible courses, and biblically shaped school life enable us to fulfil our commitment to helping you nurture your children in excellence and truth for Christ.
We continue teaching the basics but enrich the range of subjects and skills, providing opportunities for studies in more depth, encouraging creativityand variety, and developing independence in work habits.
Enrichment & Growth