Huanui College - 26/07/2010

1. Background

Introduction

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

Under section 35A of the Education Act 1989, private schools are required to be “efficient”. The Act defines “efficient”, in relation to a private school as -

(a) Having suitable premises, staffing, equipment, and curriculum; and

(b) Usually providing tuition for 9 or more students who have turned 5 but are under 16; and

(c) Providing suitably for the inculcation in the minds of students of sentiments of patriotism and loyalty; and

(d) Giving students tuition of a standard no lower than that of the tuition given to students enrolled at schools of the same class.

This report focuses on the extent to which the school meets this requirement and other statutory obligations.

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

2. Efficient

Huanui College, in Glenbervie, Whangarei, is a newly established private school for students from Year 7 to 13. In 2010, the foundation year, students have enrolled in Years 7 to 9 and plans are in place to add consecutive levels each year. The school founder and the principal are working in partnership with parents to provide a ‘place of learning where achieving personal excellence is the aim and expectation of every child.’ The curriculum is based on the Cambridge International Curriculum and incorporates aspects of the New Zealand Curriculum to reflect New Zealand’s bicultural heritage.

The principal provides inclusive leadership and is committed to ensuring good educational practice. Her professional work with the trained and qualified teaching team is building a good foundation for the school. The principal has been well supported by the school advisory board, which comprises experienced educationalists. The teachers are enjoying the challenge of developing classroom programmes and routines that respond to students’ individual learning needs and future learning pathways. As the school develops, senior students will work towards qualifications in the Cambridge International Examination programme.

The school currently employs five full-time classroom teachers and good systems are in place to ensure that staff are supported to meet ongoing requirements for teacher registration. Small class sizes and some skilled teaching practices are enabling the school to develop a culture that is focused on meeting the individual learning needs of students. Specialist teachers are employed part-time to extend the range of subject choices available to students.

Regular assessment is used to report to parents and to inform programme planning. Parents receive regular reports on their child’s progress and achievement. The behaviour and values-based learning emphasis contributes to settled classroom environments where students are engaged in learning. Positive and respectful relationships between students and staff are evident throughout the school.

Students enjoy the school and are enthusiastic about their opportunities to develop individual expertise. They are supported to participate in a wide range of activities, which include a school camp, cross country, extension and language clubs, and music tuition. Students have participated successfully in competitions with other schools in a variety of sports activities and cultural festivals. Community service projects have involved students in the restoration of the school stream and in forging links with the nearby Pehiaweri Marae. The school has recently elected a foundation student council and has begun the process of establishing school houses.

Huanui College has an attractive rural campus with stands of mature native bush and is bounded by a tributary of the Hatea River. The history of the land is known and valued by staff and students. The first stage of a planned comprehensive future building programme was opened in February 2010. Large, well appointed classrooms include a science laboratory, a multi-purpose room and a hall/music room. In addition, students have access to a computer suite. Outside facilities include expansive playing fields and large hard court areas. Students and teachers have access to a good range of up to date equipment to facilitate learning and research in classrooms. The library is well supported by the National Library Service and there is good provision for practical work in science and food technology. Care has been taken to make classrooms attractive and pleasant learning environments.

3. Statutory Obligations

The management body meets its statutory obligations relating to the monitoring of student attendance, discipline procedures, health and safety requirements, and student and staff well-being. The further development of ongoing self-review and reporting processes will enable the founder to be assured that all statutory obligations are met.

4. Conclusion

This is the first ERO review of Huanui College. Huanui College provides suitable premises, equipment, staffing and curriculum. The students receive good quality education and care and the school meets its statutory obligations.

The school is deemed to be efficient under Section 35A of the Education Act 1989.

Richard Thornton

National Manager Review Services

Northern Region

26 July 2010

About the School

School type

Private: Provisionally registered (Year 7-13)

Numbers of teachers

5

School roll

75

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā 48, Māori 17, Asian 2, other 8

Gender composition

Boys 46, Girls 29

Review team on site

June, 2010

Date of this report

26 July 2010

Previous ERO reports

No previous reports

26 July 2010