Peace Experiment - 03/05/2018


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

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 private schools between 6 and 12 months after they have been provisionally registered, and to report to the Ministry of Education for the Secretary to consider full registration.

This ERO review follows the provisional registration of the school by the Ministry of Education in March 2017, and focuses on whether the school now meets the criteria for full registration as a private school.

The school is owned and operated by the Open Hands Trust, which is a registered charity.

2 Criteria for Registration

Peace Experiment has the Montessori philosophy and peace at the centre of its curriculum. The board and staff have a strong commitment to giving opportunities for learners to define their relationship with education, and give leadership in creating a more peaceful world. Students are encouraged to explore what education for peace looks like in the community and environment. This exploration involves an ‘experiment’ process, and is reflected in the school’s name.

The school offers a suitable curriculum that is negotiated and designed with each learner. Tuition helps learners to develop self efficacy and confidence as lifelong learners. Students give direction for the study of their interests, supported by the New Zealand Curriculum learning areas and Montessori resources. They have access to experts including staff, members of the community, local personnel, and a wide range of international contacts. Timetables and programmes evolve to suit students’ individual needs.

The school plans to seek accreditation to offer students the opportunity to achieve standards in the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF). Teachers will follow NZQF assessment procedures.

Monitoring and assessment follows the needs of the learners, and is primarily focused on enhancing their learning. Achievement expectations are negotiated with each learner based on their readiness and aspirations. Assessments are personalised to individual students. A database is being developed to collect each student’s work and achievements, and the record of fortnightly conferences that students have with teachers. This information is regularly shared with parents. More formal written reports are to be sent to parents twice yearly.

The board provides suitable premises that have access to local community facilities within easy walking distance. These include a local library, swimming pool, mountain track, public gymnasium, rock climbing wall, and netball and basketball courts. The school is sufficiently equipped to support the curriculum, and the principal is continuing to extend the range of resources. Good progress has been made in providing digital technologies to support students’ individual and collaborative learning.

The school has suitable staffing for the current roll. It is led by the principal who has initiated the establishment of this school and its vision. He is developing operational policies and procedures relevant to the school’s context. ERO discussed with the principal the need to develop guidelines for teacher appraisal that meet Education Council requirements for endorsing teachers’ practising certificates.

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

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.

4 Conclusion

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

Julie Foley
Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern (Acting)

Te Tai Raki - Northern Region

3 May 2018

About the School


Panmure, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number


School type

Secondary (Years 7 to 15)

School roll


Gender composition

Boys 10 Girls 5

Ethnic composition



Review team on site

March 2018

Date of this report

3 May 2018

Most recent ERO report(s)

No previous ERO report