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Middle School Curriculum

Inquiry Based Learning and the IB

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.

Teaching must be precise and rigorous. Students are taught the rules of spelling and grammar, the strategies for solving algebraic equations, and then given the opportunity to apply this knowledge. Providing an opportunity for students to demonstrate and test their understanding is essential. In applying learning, our students enjoy the immense satisfaction of having the disparate parts fall into place as a cohesive whole. This understanding allows them to confidently relate new learning to their everyday lives.

Students in Year 7 and 8 follow a set programme in which they spend half of each day in the familiar Homeroom situation with their own teacher who covers several subjects. The rest of the day is spent with specialist tutors in subjects such as sciences, arts or sports. In Years 9 and 10, the programmes become more specialised and the students are offered choices as Option Subjects. All students learn a second language and utilise personal laptops or tablets in their daily classroom activities.

Our learning programmes are diverse and engaging, with particular emphasis on developing genuine understanding and mastery. The sense of achievement that our students gain from these programmes provides a strong academic foundation as they move forward into their senior schooling years, confident in their own abilities and equipped with a passion for learning.

How are MYP students assessed? >>

2019 Middle School Course Guide >>

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Middle School News 
Swimming Success
Congratulations to Tiernan Keane who placed first in both the 50m and 100m Freestyle events at the Auckland Schools Individual...
Swimming Goals Attained
Congratulations to  Eloise Raper, 7SBS, who achieved her goal of a level 1 NZ swimming time in her 100m & 200m backstroke this...
Sports Update
A big Saturday morning of sport here at Kristin over the weekend. The 1st XI boys Football team played extremely well to defeat One...
Kristin Fencing Team Win Regional Event
On Saturday 11 August the final of the Auckland and Upper North Island Secondary School Epee Team competition was won by Kristin. ...
Student Services LeadershipTeam
The Student Services leadership team is a group made up of year 10 students and is lead by Mr Gurney. We help out both new and old students...
Outstanding Achievements In Hockey
We are extremely excited for our 1XI Girls Hockey Captain Bridie McCullough who has been selected in the New Zealand Under 18 talent...
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