The academic curriculum provides students with educational experiences across a broad range of subjects. Specifically, we focus on the eight learning areas of the New Zealand curriculum: the Arts, English, Health and Physical Education, Learning Languages, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Social Sciences and Technology.
Subjects fall under each of these learning areas and are compulsory for all students. We also focus on teaching key competencies set out in the New Zealand Curriculum, including Thinking, Managing Self and Relating to Others.
Recognising the importance of Literacy and Numeracy, more time is devoted to English and Mathematics. Students take part in project-based learning and use information technology in all subject areas.
The outdoor curriculum provides ways for boys to develop outdoor skills as well as learning about themselves and their relationships with others.
We offer a wide range of outdoor activities including sea kayaking, bushcraft, climbing and abseiling, tramping, trail mountain biking, caving and orienteering. These activities build physical skills as well as trust, confidence and teamwork.
Instructors use an apprenticeship-style of teaching, where they help each student to grow in their learning. As the boys develop more skills, they take on more of a leadership role in their outdoor experiences.
The personal and social growth curriculum aims to develop knowledge, thinking and practice around wellbeing and character.
We focus on the following areas: