NZIS uses the National Curriculum of England for Years 7 – 9, this is supplemented with the International Cambridge curriculum also. We have adopted the Cambridge Secondary 1 programs, which have helped us ensure our senior students are well adapted for the requirements of the Cambridge International Examinations in Years 10-13. At the start of their Year 10 program, our university support officer ensures we discuss all the available options as well as overseas study and University course opportunities.
We also have an alternative program for English second language learners. It will mean that students will attain a certified level of English, which will enable them to study abroad if desired. This is a welcome addition to our school and there are high expectations from our staff in ensuring we are offering a quality service.
We are looking to form a scholarship relationship with Waikato University in New Zealand. The aim is to encourage our students to look at NZ as an option to study overseas. The university has many courses, which appeal to our students, having recently paid a visit to our campus early in 2014.
Students’ learning progress is closely linked to their ongoing development, of literacy and numeracy skills. These programs are continuously being monitored and reviewed. Our Cambridge Checkpoint examinations in Year 9 for example, have been invaluable in helping pinpoint key areas for development.
We are investigating at the moment links with local Indonesian universities to support our students.
In Year 10 NZIS progresses the students into the Cambridge International Examinations. CIE gives the student an external measure of their academic success and gives them a pathway entry into global universities. Students can also specialise within learning areas or take courses across or outside learning areas, depending on the options they choose.
Beginning in 2014, senior students at Years 12-13 will be given guidance on their respective career paths with a timetabled focus on career management once a week. This may include in any given year: CV writing and assistance, managing job applications, job seeking, university entrance and degree planning, university open days, work experience, internships, career seminars, career planning, switching careers.
During 2014 our academic curriculum will be continually developed and refined to include the Cambridge Secondary 1 programs and look to investigate the Advanced Cambridge and Pre University subjects and options as well.
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.
In English, students study, use, and enjoy language and literature communicated orally, visually, or in writing.
In the arts, students explore, refine, and communicate ideas as they connect thinking, imagination, senses, and feelings to create works and respond to the works of others.
In health and physical education, students learn about their own well-being, and that of others and society, in health-related and movement contexts.
In learning languages, students learn to communicate in an additional language, develop their capacity to learn further languages, and explore different world views in relation to
In mathematics and statistics, students explore relationships in quantities, space, and data and learn to express these relationships in ways that help them to make sense of the world around them.
In science, students explore how both the natural physical world and science itself work so that they can participate as critical, informed, and responsible citizens in a society in which science plays a significant role.
In the social sciences, students explore how societies work and how they themselves can participate and take action as critical, informed, and responsible citizens.
In technology, students learn to be innovative developers of products and systems and discerning consumers who will make a difference in the world.