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Many parents have questions about Matahui School and Independent Schools in general. We've put together this handy page to help answer some of these questions. If you have a particular question that isn't covered below please feel free to ask us below so we can make this list more helpful. One of our staff will get back to you within 24 hours.
ARE WE "ALTERNATIVE"?
The school is definitely not “alternative.” It is founded on sound educational principles and a philosophy that embraces the theory of Multiple Intelligences developed by Howard Gardner and Art Costa’s Habits of Mind. Additionally, the curriculum draws upon and reflects key elements of the NZ curriculum for Years 1 - 8. The basics of Multiple Intelligence theory states that "every child is intelligent in their own way". You can see these teaching theories explained in great detail in our school prospectus.
ARE WE A SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL?
No. Our cohort of students are a microcosm of society. We aim to develop programmes that meet the needs of each individual learner which means providing for our most able (we have students who are in the top 5% of their age group in the country), as well as supporting those students who may find aspects of the curriculum challenging.
IS THERE A SCHOOL BUS?
ARE CLASS SIZES SMALL?
Yes. Embracing and embedding the philosophy of Multiple Intelligences we acknowledge and value the different strengths of each student. Our goal is to facilitate optimum learning whereby students can receive focused, individualised support as they engage in inquiry learning and therefore, the BOT has undertaken to keep class sizes at an average of 17 students across the school.
ARE THERE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPORTS?
The PE we offer provides the students with a balanced programme encompassing all strands of the NZ curriculum. Additionally we have students compete at Small Schools events, Tall Poppy, North Cluster and WBOP sports events, as well as students participating in the AIMS games.
WHAT SCHOOL CAMPS ARE OFFERED?
EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom) takes a variety of forms at Matahui Road School. Class field-trips are arranged by teachers and link to our programme of inquiry. Whole school events are coordinated to support additional aspects of our learning, such as our tradition of Boat Day where all the students from Years 1-8 have the opportunity to further enhance their aquatic skills. These include sailing boats, rowing dinghies and paddling kayaks. Additionally we have an extensive camp programme for which the school was awarded the prestigious EONZ Outdoors award in 2012. All students from Years 4 – 8 engage in camps. In Year 4 there is an annual camp. At Year 5 and 6 there are two camps scheduled and in Years 7 and 8 there are four. All camps are undertaken in Terms 1 and 4.
DO YOU OFFER A MUSIC PROGRAMME?
Visual arts, dance, drama and music form an integral part of the curriculum. We have a part time music teacher who delivers an active, hands-on music programme that provides all students with the opportunity to play instruments, create music, and perform. Students can also receive individual musical tuition.
WILL MY CHILD DEVELOP ACADEMICALLY?
The students who leave the school at the end of year 8 are well equipped to meet the academic challenges they will face at secondary school. We anticipate and expect our students to achieve the highest possible results in all aspects of the curriculum which is in part reflected in our ICAS results. Moreover, our students leave Matahui with strong self-esteem, confidence and the ability to think and be creative. Their intra and interpersonal skills are very strong and it has been pleasing to see that some of our alumni have been elected as Head students at the secondary schools they are attending.
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