We believe that class size does matter. As the smallest independent Year 7 to 13 girls’ school in the South Island, our girls are known and cared for by their teachers. Strong teacher-student relationships are integral to productive learning and small classes enable meaningful relationships to be developed and nurtured.
Subject classes are limited to 25 students (22 in Year 7 & 8) with most classes in the senior school less than 20 students. This ensures that teachers know how each student learns and what their specific needs are, enabling learning to be differentiated to meet individual needs. Our girls feel safe, they know that their teachers believe they will succeed, and they are willing to take risks to ensure they learn powerfully to achieve their goals.
Teachers not only facilitate subject specific learning, but mentor students to enable their acquisition and development of essential dispositions and attributes to be the best version of themselves. Small classes mean that teachers can engage with each student on a regular basis and provide the targeted feedback they need to progress in all facets of their learning.
Small classes mean that teachers can engage with each student on a regular basis and provide the targeted feedback they need to progress in all facets of their learning.
Tutor Groups, which are focused on students’ pastoral care and general wellbeing, are small. This ensures that Tutors can connect with each student during Whānau time which occurs at the start of each day. Tutors oversee girls’ Personal Development Plans (PDPs), and know how their students are progressing in all aspects of their learning, as well as their involvement in extra-curricular activities. They support students to formulate goals and action plans. Small classes result in warm, engaging relationships and true personalisation.