St Paul's Collegiate (Hamilton) - 28/05/2012

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.

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

2 Criteria for Registration

St Paul’s Collegiate (Hamilton) provides and implements a broad-based, holistic curriculum. It is clearly articulated, documented and shared with all members of the college community. Important aspects of this curriculum include:

  • strong recognition and reinforcement of core Christian values consistent with the precepts of the Anglican faith
  • rigorous academic programmes closely aligned to The New Zealand Curriculum
  • challenging outdoor education and leadership experiences through the Tihoi Venture School
  • extensive sporting and cultural opportunities in which all students and staff are expected to participate and contribute
  • high-quality, inclusive, pastoral care networks, involving both day students and boarders, to support their social, physical and emotional well-being
  • high levels of effective support for students with identified academic needs and abilities
  • a strong house system that fosters leadership skills and promotes a sense of responsibility and service to others.

School managers have attested that the school complies with the provisions of section 35G, in respect to their being fit and proper persons to manage the school.

Suitable staffing and tuition standards:

St Paul’s Collegiate (Hamilton) provides suitable staffing and tuition standards for the delivery of its holistic curriculum. The trust board has carefully selected trustees to ensure there is a range of complementary skills and expertise to provide highly effective governance and strategic oversight for the college. The headmaster, appointed since the last ERO review, is providing effective professional leadership and a strong sense of purpose and direction. He is well supported by the senior leadership team, curriculum and pastoral leaders, and staff. Leaders have identified, through effective self review, the need to further develop the use of student achievement information to guide programme planning and delivery at classroom and department levels.

Teachers act as positive and effective role models, by setting high expectations of themselves and their students. They get to know students and their families well, and teachers make extensive contributions to co- and extra-curricular activities. Teachers establish high-quality, mutually affirming and respectful relationships with students. This results in settled and purposeful classrooms with high levels of student engagement. Students enjoy significant success in academic, sporting, cultural and special character aspects of the curriculum.

An effective professional learning and development programme for teachers links closely to the school’s strategic priorities. Its ongoing foci are best practice for teaching boys and girls, increasing the effective use of information and communication technologies (ICT), and the application of thinking strategies in student learning. Staff plan thoroughly, and are developing as reflective and collegial practitioners. The headmaster and staff also recognise the importance of continuing to build on recent initiatives, such as the school haka and the increased use of te reo Māori in ceremonies and worship, that are giving greater acknowledgement to New Zealand’s bicultural heritage.

Suitable premises and equipment:

St Paul’s Collegiate (Hamilton) provides suitable premises and equipment to support the delivery of its broad-based curriculum. There is an ongoing programme of building upgrade and development, including boys’ boarding facilities, and recent significant investment in ICT infrastructure and resources. All aspects of the curriculum are generously resourced. Chapel of Christ the King and Tihoi Venture School are central to the school’s special character, programmes and values. Students benefit from access to expansive, attractively landscaped grounds, sports fields, and the pleasant physical environment.

3 Other Statutory Obligations

There are good systems in place for the school 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 31 international students attending the school.

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

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

International students at St Paul’s Collegiate (Hamilton) learn in a positive environment, based on Christian values, and focuses on the development of each student. International students access the many sporting and cultural opportunities available and participate fully in the day-to-day life of the school. Effective systems support students’ learning and their social and emotional well-being.

Provision for students in the school hostel

St Paul’s Collegiate Hostels are owned by the Waikato Anglican College Trust. The roll has increased in 2011 and 2012, and there are currently 252 boarding students, representing approximately 37% of the school roll.

Findings:

Since the previous ERO review, a Boarding Administrator has been appointed, and leadership and administration of the boarding facilities, staff and students have been extensively reviewed.

Initiatives, including weekly formal dinners, regular house meetings and centralised prep for boys, have been established to further enhance and strengthen the cohesive boarding community.

Since the start of 2010, boarding accommodation has been extended to include Year 11 girls in Harington house.

Significant property upgrades have started and, at the time of this review, have included the dining room and Clark House.

5 Conclusion

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that St Paul's Collegiate (Hamilton) 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)

28 May 2012

About the School

Location

Hamilton

Ministry of Education profile number

130

School type

Secondary (Years 9 to 13)

Decile

10

School roll

675

Number of international students

31

Gender composition

Boys 85% Girls 15%

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā

NZ Māori

Chinese

Indian

Pacific

Other European

South East Asian

Other

Other Asian

71%

9%

5%

5%

5%

3%

2%

2%

2%

Special Features

Tihoi Venture School

Review team on site

March 2012

Date of this report

28 May 2012

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Accountability Review

May 2009

June 2006

January 2003