New Zealand Primary and Secondary education
New Zealand Primary and Secondary educationNew Zealand education, which has been ranked 7th best in the world, follows the model of primary schools, secondary schools and tertiary education. Primary and secondary schools are the second level of education. Schooling is compulsory from age 6 to 16. Your child can start school on the day they turn 5 years old (they do not have to wait until the start of a new school year). Most children stay at school until they are around 17. The education system for schools is made up of 13 year levels. Your child’s primary education starts at Year 1 and goes to Year 8 (around 5 to 12 years of age). Your child’s secondary education goes from Year 9 to Year 13 (around 13 to 17 years of age). New Zealand has over 2500 primary and secondary schools. There are three main types of these schools: state (public) schools, state-integrated schools, and private (independent) schools.
- State (Public) Schools: are owned and funded by the state. They teach the national curriculum and are secular (non-religious).
- State-integrated schools: are schools that were private and have become part of the state education system.
- Private schools: get some government funding but are mostly funded through charging parents school fees. They develop their own learning programmes and do not have to follow the national curriculum. Generally, private schools have the high educational quality as well as the high quality facilities. However, the tuition is relatively higher than other two types of school.
Takapuna Grammar School
Takapuna Grammar SchoolTakapuna Grammar School is a state coeducational secondary school located in the suburb of Belmont on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand. A total of 1703 students from Years 9 to 13 (ages 12 to 18) attend the school as of March 2016. Takapuna Grammar School welcomes applications from students at all levels to become international students. At present there are students from throughout the world studying at the school. They come for a first class education and also to take advantage of the other sporting and cultural opportunities that Takapuna Grammar School offers. The school has:
- a long tradition of first class academic results
- a superb geographical setting and grounds
- excellent facilities for sports and cultural pursuits
- easy access to downtown Auckland City
- quality homestays in an area of Auckland known for its safe environment
- an international department which provides a full range of pastoral support
Murrays Bay Intermediate School
Murrays Bay Intermediate SchoolMurrays Bay Intermediate School is one of Auckland, New Zealand's largest schools for students aged 11-13 years old. With highly qualified teachers and a style of learning that leads students to a high level of thinking, Murrays Bay Intermediate School is enjoyed by many cultures from around the world. There is a strong academic focus on preparing students for High School. All students are encouraged to make the most of the numerous learning opportunities, with an emphasis on the arts and sports. MBIS’s vision is to offer a secure, caring, learning environment where the unique potential of each pupil is developed and where appropriate life skills are provided through competent teaching and effective community support. Murrays Bay Intermediate has long experience in catering for International Students from many countries. It offers a world-class curriculum, facilities, music school, and sports academy with a leading state of the art technology. The school is able to enroll students who are living or not living with their parents in New Zealand. Students aged 11 years to 13 years are welcome to enroll.
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Fees: tuition fee + administration fee: $13500NZD/year. For short term student: $350NZD/week
Rosmini CollegeRosmini College is a state-integrated Catholic secondary school for boys, situated in Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand. The school caters to Years 7-13 (Forms 1-7), and currently has a roll of approximately 1040. Rosmini’s motto is Legis Charitas Plenitudo, translated as 'Charity Fulfills the Law', or sometimes translated as 'Love Fulfills the Law'. The ESOL department at Rosmini College provides language support and learning skills to students to enable them to participate fully in the Rosmini community and to achieve their potential in the classroom. Rosmini’s international students have enjoyed tremendous success, many going on to become doctors, engineers, businessmen, lawyers, etc. As a Catholic school, Rosmini is highly committed to providing not only a safe learning environment but also an environment where values and morals are instilled in order for students to become well-rounded individuals. Many International students become prefects, take on leadership roles, and represent the college in sport. At Rosmini, we attribute the outstanding academic success to the disciplined structure which enables all students to achieve their highest potential. It is very important for us to not only turn out accomplished young men but honorable young men who will take their rightful place in society.
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Carmel CollegeCarmel College is proudly Catholic and lives the values of Jesus Christ, in the Mercy tradition of the founders, Catherine McAuley. The school is a Catholic girl's college, for Years 7 to 13, situated on the shores of Lake Pupuke, in Milford, on Auckland's North Shore. The Carmel learning community is committed to educating and developing young Catholic women who will always strive for excellence in all their academic, sporting, and cultural endeavors. Carmel College actively encourages these young women to participate in a wide range of activities and there is an expectation of service, especially for the poor and marginalized; that they will see the need and make the difference and walk the talk of Mercy. We know that when we enroll your daughter as part of the learning community, she comes to us with all the values and attributes of her family. We, therefore, work to establish successful learning partnerships, with all the parents and caregivers and then to ensure that, together, the students are able to reach their full potential. We invite you to explore the learning community, through the school’s website, to learn more about who we are and what we are doing.
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Macleans CollegeMacleans College is a co-educational state secondary school located in Eastern Beach, Auckland, New Zealand. Metro magazine placed Macleans College as the number one Auckland high school in 2010 among those in the Cambridge International Examinations system. In 2014, Macleans College ranked 2nd nationally in the Cambridge International Examinations. Upon admission, pupils are placed into one of the eight Whanau houses in Macleans College (Batten, Mansfield, Rutherford, Kupe, Hillary, Te Kanawa, Snell and Upham). The selection is random, unless the student has or had any sibling or parent attend the school wherein the student has an option to be enrolled in the same house, or be randomly placed in any of the other seven. The Whanau House system at Macleans divides the school into houses of about 300 students each, with two form classes of 30 or so students for each year level, all from the same house. Macleans College was the first state school in New Zealand to be purpose-built around the system. For senior students, two qualification pathways are offered: NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement), and CIE (Cambridge International Examinations). CIE is offered as an alternative; the principal has stated that he has "major concerns about where the new qualification [NCEA] was going", one of which he said was that NCEA "breaks down subjects into units", which he believes is incoherent and could lead to students "cherry-picking parts of subjects they want to do". However he has also stated that the school has "no intention of disestablishing NCEA"; instead, they "have got to make it work".
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Rangitoto CollegeRangitoto College is a state coeducational secondary school, located on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand. Serving Years 9 to 13, Rangitoto has a school roll of 3176 as of March 2016, making it the largest "brick-and-mortar" school in New Zealand (only The Correspondence School is larger, with 4227 students). Rangitoto College is New Zealand's largest secondary school, providing students with a caring, supportive environment in which to excel academically and develop personally. With a long list of subjects, sports and activities to choose from, Rangitoto College offers an outstanding experience to international students. International students may study with us for only a few months or up to five years. Many students have academic goals and plan to enter university directly after graduating from Rangitoto College. Other international students come to Rangitoto College for three months, six months or a year, keen to experience a different lifestyle, improve their English and make new friends. Rangitoto College has become the newest member of an ever growing global community of secondary schools offering the International Baccalaureate in 144 different countries. Students will be able to take the International Baccalaureate Diploma at the school, with the first cohort commencing their studies in 2016.
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