Curriculum

The Preparatory School has use of the College facilities which are set in attractive grounds. 

Students are taught in well-resourced classrooms and enjoy excellent specialist facilities, such as the gymnasium, library, science labs, music suites, art and technology suites.

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NZ Curriculum learning areas

The Ārahi teacher in each class at the Preparatory School teaches the following curriculum:

English

Reading, Writing (including Word Study, Spelling), Oral and Visual Language.

Mathematics

Number, Geometry, Algebra, Measurement and Statistics.

Social Sciences

Curriculum requirements at levels 3/4 in a variety of topics covering NZ Curriculum requirements.

Health

Including Mindsets/resiliency learning, Internet Safety Workshops (Protecting and Valuing Identity), Keeping Ourselves Safe/Kia Kaha alongside NZ Police Educators and Life Education.

Physical Education

Use of the College gymnasium and sports facilities to ensure a wide range of physical skills are taught.

Education Outside the Classroom

Overnight/day trips which utilise the diverse environmental opportunities in the Nelson region.


SPECIALIST SUBJECTS

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Specialist Teachers in the College teach the following subjects:

Science: Extension of students’ knowledge of general science. College laboratory facilities are utilised.

Technology – Foods, Materials Textiles, Digital Design: Students develop practical skills and apply these in a variety of problem solving contexts. Classes are held in College Technology Suites.

The Arts - Visual Art & Music: Aims to develop students’ skills using a range of techniques and media.  College Art and Music studios are utilised. Covering instrumental, choral, composition and preparation for performance recitals. Afterschool Drama Club is provided.

Languages: Year 7/8 – Japanese, French


Academic opportunities

  • Maths/Science Badge Scheme

  • Speech and debating competitions

  • Merit Awards – rewarding work ethic and positive attitude

  • Incentive Award Scheme – rewarding participation, leadership, achievement

  • International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling, Digital Technologies

  • Otago Problem Solving Challenge (Mathematics) – all students participate

  • Kids Literature Quiz

  • Nelsomathix – Maths Problem Solving Team Challenge

  • Science Fair (Biennial College based)

  • General Knowledge Quiz – College based