Curriculum - St Michael's Church School, Christchurch, NZ

Academic Programmes

  • Well-documented and purposefully implemented programmes for Year 1-8 classes.
  • Full coverage of the New Zealand Curriculum, with enrichment activities in core subjects.
  • National Standards: Implemented 2010
  • Regular reporting to parents of pupils’ effort and subsequent progress.
  • National Literacy Project: 2004-2005 & Numeracy Project: 2006-2008.
  • Extension programmes: for gifted students in English, Mathematics and Science.
  • Eighteen High Distinctions in the Australasian International competitions (2001-2009).
  • Secondary School entrance and scholarship successes: St Andrew’s College Scholarship (2005); Christ’s College Scholarship (2006 x2), 2007 & 2008; Rangi Ruru Girls’ School Bursary (2006).
  • Te Reo Maori Years 1-8 and French Years 6-8.
  • Merit and Honours’ card system to endorse and reward pupil performance.
  • Otago Problem Solving success: 13th placing (2003), 21st placing (2004), 3rd placing (2008) from 40,000 Year 7 entrants nationwide.
  • Science Fair Canterbury Westland Awards: 2002-2009.
  • CantaMaths: 3rd placing in Year 7 competition (2008).

Physical Challenges

  • Annual cross country, athletics and swimming sports.
  • Cricket, hockey, netball, tennis, rugby, touch rugby and soccer coaching.
  • Success at Independent and Canterbury Schools’ sporting and inter-school events.
  • Outdoor Education experiences, which includes camps for Years 5-8.

Spiritual Growth

  • Weekly whole School celebrations of Mass in St. Michael’s and All Angels Anglican Church or in the hall.
  • Assembly and class programme of religious teaching for all students.
  • Compulsory School services i.e. Mothering Sunday, Founders’ Day Service, and Carol Service.
  • Annual opportunities for student baptisms and welcome to Holy Communion.

Cultural Enrichment

  • A wide range of instrumental tuition.
  • An accomplished orchestra, displaying a range of keyboard, percussion, string and woodwind instruments.
  • Chapel and School choirs.
  • Opportunities to represent the school at the Christchurch Music Festival and local events.
  • Annual poetry and speech contests.
  • Annual whole School production or School concert.
  • Annual School House Music Festival.
  • Kapahaka Group which performs at the Christchurch Cultural Festival.