NZIS uses the Cambridge Secondary 1 Curriculum as well as the National Curriculum of England as its foundation. Throughout our academic programs we also ensure that our focus is on international themes as we are conscious of the area in which we live and the multi ethnicity of our families. We look at a variety of cultures and the importance of understanding and valuing other customs, languages and ideals. Students sit external Cambridge checkpoint examinations at the end of Year 7 and Year 9 to ensure students are progressing towards an achievable level.
From Year 10 to Year 13, the Cambridge International Examinations act as an external measure of your child’s academic success. At the start of this four-year process, we look at their university and life goals and ensure they can find a path, which will give them an opportunity of following their dreams. We are able to cater for both the June and October Cambridge series of examinations. This allows us great flexibility in planning and the ability to offer extension programs for selected students.
Learning becomes relevant when our students have understood the importance of taking responsibility for their actions and decisions. As they progress through their respective grades, greater emphasis is placed not on just individual attainment but the importance of sharing and supporting others. Whether that is in House activities, sports teams or cultural or academic events, we value solidarity and positive teamwork.
Our staff will encourage your child to choose a pathway and set achievable goals to validate their journey through secondary school. Education encourages your child to ask questions and it is through investigation, research and inquiry based questions that we see the collaboration of both teachers and parents as being of significant importance.
As a unit of support, parents and teachers are encouraged to mentor and share, common values and ideals, which supplements classroom and school wide learning.
We encourage our students to understand the importance of being positive leaders. Through our House/Form room structures we are looking at developing mini mentoring groups through vertical form roles. The Duke of Edinburgh Award, encourages students to help and support others. We do this through our After School Programs where students have the chance to teach and mentor the younger students of the school.
Our Prefect and House leaders are selected because they have empathy for others and want to be a voice, or advocate for their fellow students. They are encouraged to work for the benefit of others and be able to understand and articulate these ideas in both informal conversations and in formal settings.
NZIS is a small school and we see this as being very advantageous for our teachers and students. Our approach to learning is one that allows quality feedback, gives time for reflection and that the best form of learning is one that places the student in the centre of all our decisions. We value our small class sizes as it allows us flexibility in planning and that we can structure our timetable to give us the optimum learning capacity. We are able to extend our students or give them more time if required. All students learn at different rates and we seek to give the right scaffolding, and then the right time frame to understand and then use this knowledge.