Manukau Christian School

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1 Background

The Chief Review Officer has a statutory duty to report on the performance of private schools throughout New Zealand.

Section 35I of the Education Act 1989, requires the Education Review Office (ERO) to review fully registered private schools, and to report to the Ministry of Education on whether each school continues to meet the criteria for full registration.

This review report was prepared in accordance with standard procedures approved by the Chief Review Officer.

The school, established in 1987 as St Andrews Christian School, was renamed Manukau Christian School in 2005 when it moved to the current site. The school is managed by the Christian Schools of Auckland Charitable Trust and is led by an experienced principal.

Since the 2012 ERO review the school roll has grown from 96 to 170 students. There are currently students in Years 1 to 10 attending the school.

2 Criteria for Registration

The school continues to provide suitable, staffing, tuition, curriculum, equipment and premises.

The International Cambridge Curriculum, introduced prior to the 2009 ERO review, is now well established. This curriculum has a strong focus on the teaching of English, mathematics and science. The school’s mission, ‘To pursue excellence for Christ by developing our God-given gifts and using them in His service’, guides the delivery of the curriculum.

The school employs registered teachers who are committed to the Christian ethos of the school. The school provides relevant professional development for teachers. Provisionally registered teachers receive good ongoing support from experienced teachers. The appraisal process involves coaching and mentoring, with the principal taking an active interest in teachers’ professional growth.

Tuition is consistent with the requirements of the school’s curriculum and approach to education. Classes are well managed with positive and respectful relationships evident. Appropriate teaching techniques are used to engage children in their learning.

Teachers use effective assessment processes to monitor student progress. Some assessment is marked externally by Cambridge examiners. The feedback gained identifies strengths and weaknesses in each subject area and is useful for curriculum review.

Parents receive regular reports on the achievement, work habits and behaviour of their children. They have opportunities to see samples of their children’s work and are welcome to observe lessons and talk with teachers.

Children are educated in spacious purpose-built classrooms that are joined by covered areas that sometimes act as additional learning areas. The rooms are air-conditioned and well maintained. The trust board has managed significant roll growth well with the addition of new buildings, including a classroom. Trustees are currently planning to build another classroom.

The school has sufficient equipment to deliver the curriculum. There is a good supply of textbooks to teach the International Cambridge Curriculum. Each classroom has a library of reading material that is regularly supplemented by books ordered from the national library service. Teachers encourage parents to visit the public library with their children.

3 Other Obligations

There are good systems in place for the school’s managing body to be assured that its other statutory obligations are met.

ERO recommends that more frequent fire and earthquake practices take place and that processes for identifying and managing risks related to excursions are strengthened.

4 Other Matters

Provision for international students

The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 (the Code) was introduced on July 1st 2016. The school is aware of the need to update its policies and procedures to meet the new code requirements by December 1st 2016.

At the time of this review there were two international students attending the school.

The school has begun to align its policies and procedures to meet requirements for the 2016 Code.

Conclusion

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that Manukau Christian School meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989

Graham Randell

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

2 December 2016

About the School

Location

Manurewa, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

466

School type

Composite (Years 1 to 15)

School roll

170

Number of international students

2

Gender composition

Boys 50% Girls 50%

Ethnic composition

Māori

Pākehā

Indian

Chinese

Samoan

Tongan

South East Asian

African

other Asian

other

6%

24%

25%

15%

13%

4%

3%

2%

2%

6%

Review team on site

October 2016

Date of this report

2 December 2016

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Private School Review

November 2012

May 2009

March 2006

1 Background

The Chief Review Officer has a statutory duty to report on the performance of private schools throughout New Zealand.

Section 35I of the Education Act 1989, requires the Education Review Office (ERO) to review fully registered private schools, and to report to the Ministry of Education on whether each school continues to meet the criteria for full registration.

2 Criteria for Registration

Manukau Christian School was established in 1987 as St Andrews Christian School. In 2005 the school moved to its present site and changed its name to Manukau Christian School. The school continues to be well managed by the Auckland Christian Schools’ Trust and an experienced principal. It provides students with good quality education that is underpinned by sound teaching practices. The school’s special Christian character and its close communication and engagement with parents, are noteworthy features of the implementation of the curriculum.

The school provides suitable premises, staffing, equipment and curriculum.

The school’s curriculum is based on a Biblical world view. Since the 2009 ERO review the International Cambridge Curriculum has been introduced for students in Years 1 to 8, with a strong focus on English, mathematics and science. Other curriculum areas are covered through a well developed school-based curriculum that is personalised for students. Teachers continue to progress the school curriculum and to provide many interesting extra-curricular experiences so that students receive a sound educational foundation.

Teachers are committed to the school’s Christian character, which is reflected in all aspects of school programmes and operations. Classroom teachers hold New Zealand teacher registration. Very good support is provided for provisionally registered teachers. Teachers continually increase their knowledge through relevant professional development, readings and engaging in professional discussions. Well developed curriculum frameworks provide teachers with clear guidelines to implement the school’s curriculum.

Classrooms are well managed, calm, settled learning environments. Positive, respectful relationships are evident between students, and with students and adults. Students are focussed and well engaged in their learning. Teachers evaluate programmes to inform future teaching and to ensure the learning needs of all students are met. Comprehensive student achievement information is collected in all curriculum areas and shared systematically with students and parents in a number of ways. This information enables students to identify their strengths, progress and own next learning goals.

Classrooms are spacious, well resourced and attractively furnished. The administrative area and junior classrooms are purpose built, and provide flexible spaces for teaching and for children to use in all weather conditions. Covered walkways and verandas are attached to classrooms. Students have access to ample play areas in large well maintained grounds and on a newly installed adventure playground for junior students.

The school’s managers have attested that they comply with the provisions of sections 35G in respect to their being fit and proper persons to manage the school.

3 Other Statutory Obligations

There are good systems in place for the school’s managing body to be assured that its other statutory obligations are met.

4 Other Matters

Provision for international students

The school is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students (the Code) established under section 238F of the Education Act 1989. At the time of this review there were no international students attending the school.

The school has attested that it complies with all aspects of the Code.

ERO’s investigation confirmed that the school’s self-review process for international students is thorough.

Conclusion

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that Manukau Christian School meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989.

Makere Smith

National Manager Review Services Northern Region (Acting)

26 November 2012

About the School

Location

Manurewa, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

466

School type

Private Composite (Years 1 to 15)

School roll

96

Number of international students

0

Gender composition

Girls 56 Boys 40

Ethnic composition

NZ European/ Pākehā

Māori

Indian

Chinese

Samoan

Niue

other

36

9

19

11

8

3

10

Review team on site

September 2012

Date of this report

26 November 2012

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Private School Review

May 2009

March 2006

April 2003