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Developing Life-long Learners

Te Whakawhanake Ākonga Mauroa

The St Andrew’s College Middle School (Years 9–11) provides a safe co-educational learning environment, which encourages independent learning through broad and engaging experiences, leading to higher educational achievement. The academic emphasis is on providing a sound grounding in essential learning areas while expanding the range of subject options and preparing students for NCEA assessments which commence in Year 11.

We recognise that the years between ages 13 and 16 are vitally important, as students balance the challenges of adolescence with the skills and values necessary to achieve highly. We provide opportunities for students of all abilities, interests and backgrounds to develop fully as life-long learners. We help young people create healthy relationships with their peers and acquire the skills and values necessary to be the best they can be.

A high level of Pastoral Care is in place at St Andrew’s to support students at every step of their journey. A sense of belonging at the time of transition is a key goal. We want our students to form a strong connection with our learning community.

Students leave the Middle School well prepared for their all-important final two years in the Senior College at St Andrew’s.

Academic Successes

In 2019, Gemma Lewis (then Year 9) won an ICAS Gold Medal in Science, for the top mark in New Zealand. Our Year 10 Cantamath team were runners-up, our Year 11 Geography team were joint runners-up at the annual Maatangi Whenua Inter-school National competition and we achieved first and second place at the ARA Year 11 Chemistry competition.

The Middle School Centre

The Middle School Centre, located at the bottom of the Arts Block, is a busy hub for our Year 9–11 students where they can access support for a wide range of academic and personal welfare needs. The Year 9 to 11 Deans are located within the Centre, and have an ‘open door’ policy to ensure they are readily accessible to students requiring assistance or guidance.

Joining the Middle School

St Andrew’s College Middle School starts at Year 9 level, with new students typically seeking a supportive co-educational environment where academic, cultural and sporting excellence can be pursued.

We support every new Year 9 student to feel welcome, comfortable and safe from their first day on campus. One way we achieve this is through our strong peer support programme, with older students helping Year 9 students to make a smooth transition into the Secondary School.

We also have a significant influx of new Year 11 students in the Middle School, who join us for their first year of NCEA. Many are attracted to St Andrew’s by our Option programme, which offers an incredible number of exciting subjects not always available at other schools. 

Outside the classroom, the Middle School offers students considerable pastoral support and learning support. All Year 10 students participate in a unique life-skills programme called Te Waka.

We also have a gifted and talented programme for our more able Middle School students, an exciting and rapidly developing technology programme, and a comprehensive co-curricular programme with a wide range of sports and cultural opportunities on offer.

All Year 9 and 10 students also participate in a stimulating Outdoor Education programme at our mountain lodge at Castle Hill.