Manukau Christian School - 26/11/2012

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.


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


Manurewa, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number


School type

Private Composite (Years 1 to 15)

School roll


Number of international students


Gender composition

Girls 56 Boys 40

Ethnic composition

NZ European/ Pākehā














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