During these pivotal years, we believe students need structure and stability, as well as an environment in which they can explore and pursue their unique talents - all of which sets them on a path to reach their learning potential.
Mr Dave Scott
Middle School Principal
BSC (Hons), PGCE, PGDipEDLEAD
Our Middle School caters to students from age 10-15, covering Year 7-10. Our structure is different to many NZ schools, and we believe there is great benefit in keeping our students together for these four Middle School years. It allows them to develop a better sense of belonging and purpose over these pivotal years of development, it gives them a more solid foundation for Senior School, and also establishes many leadership opportunities.
Our foundations for learning in Kristin Middle School
Providing a holistic approach to education – not just classroom academia
Specialist teachers to provide more insight and deeper learning
A meaningful curriculum based on the IB Middle Years Programme
Developing genuine understanding and mastery of academic skills, to build strong confidence in learning
Smaller class sizes for more one-on-one support and extension from teachers
Zero tolerance approach to bullying, drugs and alcohol
Engagement and challenge are at the heart of learning in the Middle School. Our IB Middle Years Programme is inquiry based, meaning that every unit of work begins with a question.
For example, "Is Language Power?" With this approach, students immediately understand the relevance of what they are learning and find it more engaging. The curriculum is relevant, challenging, integrative and exploratory. It is also very adaptable so that teachers can differentiate learning to meet the individual needs of each student.
Students in Year 7 and 8 are required to follow a set programme and in Year 9 and 10 are offered choices as Option Subjects.
- Individuals and Societies
- Physical Education/Sport
- Language Acquisition (Chinese, French or Spanish)
- Technology Design
- Food Design
- Consumer Economics
- Digital Design
- Future Problem Solvers
- Visual Design
- Outdoor Education
- Sport Studies
- Materials Product Design
- Textiles/Food Product Design
- Enterprising Economics