Academic

In the classroom 

An independent school education is a great gift. At St Michael’s, your child’s education will be challenging, inspiring and creative. It will be hard work and great fun. There will be risks, successes and failures, and your child will learn from each of these in good measure, in a safe and supportive environment.

Our classrooms have walls, our pupils have desks and our classes are small. Barring exceptional circumstances, the year-group size in Years 1-6 is 20, and in Years 7 & 8 it is 24 pupils. Due to popular demand for intermediate years’ education, the Board has determined to split the Year 7 class for 2022, so two classes of up to 20 are now open.

Our programmes acknowledge the New Zealand Curriculum, and we then enjoy the freedom of an independent school to explore, extend and enhance our teaching programmes where we feel it is important to do so.

As a prep school, a traditional foundation in English and Mathematics is assured, and your child is supported and extended as their individual abilities demand. This literacy and numeracy focus underpins our curriculums in Science, History, Geography, Religious Education, and Languages, in which your child develops a broader knowledge and higher thinking skills necessary for good global citizenship.

IT literacy is taught, not assumed, and foundational skills are developed through appropriate subjects areas. Computer use and time are considered – we like teaching and talking to our pupils! The school has sets of computers for class use.