Manukau Christian School - 02/12/2016

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.


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


Manurewa, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number


School type

Composite (Years 1 to 15)

School roll


Number of international students


Gender composition

Boys 50% Girls 50%

Ethnic composition







South East Asian


other Asian












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