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.
NZ Curriculum learning areas
The Ārahi teacher in each class at the Preparatory School teaches the following curriculum:
Reading, Writing (including Word Study, Spelling), Oral and Visual Language.
Number, Geometry, Algebra, Measurement and Statistics.
Curriculum requirements at levels 3/4 in a variety of topics covering NZ Curriculum requirements.
Including Mindsets/resiliency learning, Internet Safety Workshops (Protecting and Valuing Identity), Keeping Ourselves Safe/Kia Kaha alongside NZ Police Educators and Life 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 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
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