(09) 828 4545

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63 St Georges Road

Avondale, Auckland

8:30am to 3:30pm

Monday to Friday


(09) 828 4545


63 St Georges Road

Avondale, Auckland

8:30am - 3:30pm

Monday to Friday

Our Middle School


Programme Outline

New Zealand has long recognised the need for intermediary years in education, designed to help students transition from childhood into adolescence. Traditionally this transition has been catered for by intermediate schools, but there is increasing implementation of a Year 7-10 Middle School structure, that provides a longer bridging period between the primary and secondary school for students aged 10-15 years.

Years 7 through to 10 span a pivotal stage of spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development that includes:

• Progression from the learning of facts at primary school (grammar stage) to critical thinking (logic stage) and learning how to question and argue within safe boundaries (rhetoric stage)
• The hormonal upheaval of adolescence, which requires consistent external support and security
• Spiritual challenge, as Christian faith shifts from being an inherited family position through to a personal commitment.
• Rapid physical growth that brings awkward self-awareness requiring a nurturing environment.


Middle School Curriculum

The Immanuel Middle School curriculum provides a framework for academic, personal and spiritual growth. Students in these years are navigating a critical developmental period – intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically, and spiritually; this is a challenging time of transition, where they not only move from childhood into adolescence, but lay the foundations for who they will become as adults.

The curriculum is designed to build a solid foundation of thinking and learning that facilitates a smooth transition into the senior school years, growing strong, confident students who are well equipped to engage with the expectations of senior high school. In addition to core subjects, students are offered courses across a range of co-curricular areas. The total programme provides students with a sound pathway of preparation for the academic requirements of NCEA.

Course Outline - Years 7-10

LANGUAGE 1Literacy & LiteratureLiteracy & LiteratureEnglishEnglish
LANGUAGE 2MaoriMaoriFrenchFrench
HUMANITIESSocial SciencesSocial SciencesHistoryHistory
PE & HEALTHPhysical EducationPhysical EducationPhysical EducationPhysical Education
BIBLICAL DISCIPLESHIPIn-depth study of God’s character and the implication for daily living; worship, prayer, Bible study and discipleshipHow does God’s Word inform my view of the world and how does God shape my life in this world?
Soft MaterialsDigital Technology (ICT)
Hard MaterialsFile Management
Food TechnologyAdv. Text-based Documents
PhotographyAdv. Digital Presentations
Digital Technology (ICT)Adv. Desktop Publishing
Keyboard SkillsIntroduction to Spreadsheets
Text-based DocumentsIntroduction to Photoshop
Digital PresentationsIntroduction to Programming
DVC – Design & Visual Communications
·         Graphics
·         3D Modelling
Stewarding Mind & Body
·         The human brain
·         Substance abuse
Citizenship – responsibilities to God and
Financial Stewardship – understanding
and managing personal finances
The Power of the Media – navigating the
world of advertising and information

Years 7 & 8 Technology and The Arts

Years 7 & 8 Technology & the Arts   
Odd Years
Term OneTerm TwoTerm ThreeTerm Four
Digital TechnologyDigital TechnologyDigital TechnologyDigital Technology
Soft Materials TechnologyHard Materials TechnologyPhotographyFood Technology
Even Years
Term OneTerm TwoTerm ThreeTerm Four
Digital TechnologyDigital TechnologyDigital TechnologyDigital Technology
Soft Materials TechnologyHard Materials TechnologyFood Technology

Years 9 & 10 Technology, Arts, Design & PDC

Years 9 & 10 Technology, Arts, Design & PDC   
Term OneTerm TwoTerm ThreeTerm Four
Digital TechnologyDigital TechnologyDigital TechnologyDigital Technology
Graphics & 3D Modelling*Graphics & 3D Modelling*Graphics & 3D Modelling*Graphics & 3D Modelling*

The Middle School Programme is designed to:

  • Stimulate curiosity and inquiry
  • Facilitate the development and application of independent and collaborative learning skills
  • Foster a positive attitude towards and an enjoyment of learning
  • Help students develop a strong, personal and informed Christian faith that is lived out in practical ways.
  • Develop students’ understanding and ownership of Christian truth, character and values
  • Foster students’ sense of personal identity and worth, in Christ, through intentional discipleship
  • Offer students opportunities to challenge and extend themselves through activities beyond the classroom
  • Provide differentiated teaching and learning experiences to accommodate differing learning needs and abilities.
  • Provide assessment that is appropriate and constructive
  • Offer national and international assessment benchmarks
  • Help students develop the knowledge, processes, skills and understandings necessary to enable them to approach the senior high school years with confidence and to engage successfully with the world beyond school
  • Provide opportunities to serve locally, nationally and internationally

Our Middle School programme supports the critical transitions of adolescence through:
• Academic challenge
• Co-curricular activities
• Intentional discipleship
• Healthy friendships
• Inspirational teaching

Our Middle School programme supports the critical transitions experienced by our Year 7 to 10 students during these years with an educational experience that includes:

• Academic challenge and the support required to meet that challenge.
• Opportunities to develop physically through curricular and co-curricular activities.
• Intentional discipleship grounded in Biblical truth.
• An environment that fosters healthy friendships, social acceptance and positive peer pressure.
• Supportive and wise counsel.

E-blended learning in years 7 & 8 operates within a dual framework of school based devices (including a computer lab and in-class laptops) and BYOD.

E-Blended learning in the Middle School

Information and communication technology (ICT) provides students with a digital medium through which to learn, which enhances learning interactions with the curriculum. Digital and online learning is being increasingly integrated into the core middle school curriculum, in both learning and assessment contexts, as we seek to engage wisely with the digital world in which our students are growing up.

Digital technology is a tool which is integrated into learning experiences for purposes of

  • enhancing access to knowledge
  • increasing participation and engagement in learning experiences
  • facilitating collaborative learning
  • communicating and evaluating learning using a variety of media
  • organising and managing learning

Learning experiences blend both traditional and digital technologies to deliver the curriculum in ways that best facilitate student learning.

BYOD was introduced to the Year 9 and 10 classes in 2016, in line with NZQA’s move towards NCEA exams being electronically assessed. All Year 9 & 10 students are required to have their own device, in the form of a laptop or Chromebook, and to have this available for learning purposes on a daily basis.

Digital learning in the Year 9 & 10 programme includes use of:

  • A range of text based and visual communication media including both the Microsoft Office suite and the web-based office suite offered by Google; Paint; SketchUp; Statistics and graphing software; other applications as required in the different subject areas
  • Google Classroom – a web-based platform of virtual classrooms which enables learning tasks to be digitally distributed, communicated, supported, organised and ‘turned in’ for assessment. Google classroom also enables teachers to provide links to learning materials in a variety of digital media and to provide direct feedback on learning.
  • Education Perfect – an online learning platform that offers learning experiences and tutorials across a variety of curriculum areas

Education Outside of the Classroom

Enjoyment, Experience & Challenge

The aim of outdoor education is to provide challenge, inspiration and enjoyment for students as well as to foster an appreciation for the outdoor environment of Aotearoa – God’s beautiful creation. Immanuel’s culture, one of challenge, participation and encouragement, provides a healthy platform for students to ‘safely’ extend themselves among their peers.

EOTC Years 7 - 8

Snorkelling at Goat Island Marine Reserve
Students spend the day at Goat Island Marine Reserve, on the Matakana Coast, north of Auckland, enjoying a PADI-guided snorkelling experience in this top diving/snorkelling location.

Kayaking at Okahu Bay
A structured, skills-based experience to establish key paddling skills and safe practices.

High Ropes in Woodhill Forest
Every year students have the opportunity to challenge themselves on the high course at Tree Adventures in Woodhill Forest.

Year 7 & 8 Camp
A highlight of the Year 7 & 8 programme is the camping opportunity provided each year. Every second year, students use educational and established camp facilities such as Kauaeranga Valley Christian Camp in Thames where students experience kayaking, archery, orienteering and numerous other activities. On alternate years, the students “go bush,” roughing it and living under ’canvas.’ Students experience tramping, bush craft, and outdoor cooking and living. Although this always proves to be a challenging camp for our students it is an experience they never forget.

EOTC Years 9 & 10

Puhoi River Kayaking Challenge
Students begin the school year with a team building kayaking challenge, kayaking 8 km down the Puhoi River from Puhoi Historical Village to Wenderholm Regional Park. This activity adds an element of challenge and endurance to the skills students have been developing earlier in their middle school years, while remaining within the capabilities of all students.
Paddle Boarding at Okahu Bay
Students get a taste of paddle boarding at Okahu Bay including both instruction and time on the water. A great team building activity to start the school year, this also functions as part of the water safety programme, building safe practices and confidence on the water.
Camp Adair High Ropes
Students have the opportunity to challenge themselves each year on the high ropes course at Camp Adair (Hunua). With multiple height levels, this course provides a suitable level of challenge and adventure for all students.
Pinnacles Tramp
Every other year students ascend the Pinnacles and explore the various streams and bluffs of the Coromandel Ranges, tramping the Kauaeranga Kauri Trail and staying overnight at the Pinnacles hut.
North Island Field Trip
The biannual, week-long North Island Field Trip combines business with pleasure, in awe-inspiring natural surroundings. Students learn in the field, exploring the Craters of the Moon geothermal field, the Buried Village at Rotorua, the Martha Gold Mine at Waihi and the Karangahake Gorge tunnels. Students explore cave systems in the famous Waitomo region, sleep in a woolshed, ascend Mt Tongariro (Tongariro Alpine Crossing), learn basic mountain craft, experience the challenge of a high ropes course and relax at the Tokaanu thermal pools.

Whole School Co-Curricular Activities

There are multiple opportunities for students to extend and challenge themselves through performance, service, mission, and education outside of the classroom.
Musical Theatre
Dance Group
Ukulele Club
Speech Competition
Musical Production
Band Performances
Engagement in sporting activities is encouraged and we offer a number of opportunities. ICS students of all ages regularly enter teams in local competitions including soccer, touch rugby, netball and cross country. With our spacious grounds and relatively small student population we have ample space for teams to train and for students to enjoy a variety of informal recreational sporting activities:
Touch Rugby Netball
Cross-country Gymnastics (Years 7/8)
Rock Climbing – indoor (Years 9/10)
Squash (Years 9/10)

Gifted and Talented Education

Immanuel Christian School is committed to supporting gifted and talented students who demonstrate outstanding ability in comparison to age peers.  Over the years our school has been fortunate to have had a disproportionately large number of Gifted and Talented students. Such exceptional students are identified through assessment data and by referral. Once formally identified, teachers and management meet to analyse specific learning needs and consider learning options that will best support the student’s special learning needs.

A number of different strategies are employed to assist the gifted student in achieving to their full potential.

In class options include (but are not limited to) . . .

  • Enrichment activities that deepen or broaden the area of study and offer appropriate choice/options
  • Extension activities that take the learning further than the regular classroom curriculum
  • Development of independent learning skills through contracts and/or negotiated learning assignments

Immanuel Christian School recognises that gifted and talented students need learning that is appropriate in pace and cognitive challenge. The opportunity to accelerate learning can occur in a number of formats

  • Acceleration within the regular curriculum
  • Subject acceleration, where a student works within a class of older age peers, for one or more specified subjects e.g: mathematics
  • Full year acceleration (may be considered in exceptional circumstances)

An appropriate learning pathway is put in place, on a case by case basis, in consultation with teachers, parents and the student. This programme of learning is reflective of the gifted student’s special learning needs, abilities, volition and task commitment.

Middle School Assessment and Reporting

Formative assessment strategies are built into daily classroom teaching practices, providing ongoing information that enables the teaching programme to be tailored to the specific, and changing, learning needs of individuals and groups of students.

Weeks of formal assessment occur twice yearly in the Middle School calendar; mid-year and end-of-year. During these times the normal timetable is set aside as students undergo formal testing (Years 7/8) and examinations (Years 9/10) in core subjects.

A range of standardised tests, both national and international, are administered at intervals throughout the year to provide benchmarking. This includes the ICAS exams (International Competitions and Assessments for Schools), where students are offered a range of international exams across multiple subject areas.

Formal reports are issued to parents, following formal testing/examination, at mid-year and end-of-year. Although there are a number of scheduled opportunities for both formal and informal parent-teacher meetings throughout the year, communication about student progress and well-being is welcomed on an ongoing basis. We welcome student involvement in these meetings, as learning happens much more effectively when the child or learner is encouraged to take ownership of the learning process.

Enrolment Process

Enrolment Procedure

1. Parents make contact with the school and ask for a prospectus.
2. Parents read prospectus and decide to take application further. Parents contact school and arange a visit to meet Principal and look around the premises.
3. If after this meeting the parents wish to proceed further, they receive an enrolment form and school constitution.
4. Application form along with immunisation records, birth certificate and previous school reports are sent to Immanuel.
5. School Boards arranges for two of its members to visit family at their home.
6. School Board votes to accept/reject application and parents are informed by the principal.
7. Parent pays a $500 deposit that secures a place in a class.  This deposit is not refunded if the parent later decides not to proceed with the enrolment.
8. Prior to child starting, some testing may be carried out and a payment plan is arranged with the school treasurer or financial administrator.
8. Started date agreed upon. Child starts school.

Enrolment Policy

Lodgement of the enrolment form does not guarantee enrolment.
Preference will be given to
  1. Families who already have enrolled in the school.
  2. Families who have actively supported the establishment or development of the school.
  3. Families where there is evidence that the home will be supporting the teaching and practice of the school.
Children with educational or physical Problems
While it is hoped that most children can find a place in Immanuel Christian School, the Principal must ensure the school’s resources are not unduly taxed by any one pupil. Pupils transferring from other schools often find they are well behind the levels of pupils who have begun their schooling at Immanuel. Parents may need to be prepared to provide extra tuition where necessary to help their child catch up with their peers at Immanuel.
Student intakes
There are four intakes of New Entrants each year, at the start of each term. New Entrants usually begin school after they have turned five years of age.
Provisional enrolment
Each child is enrolled provisionally for one term and when all aspects of the child’s conduct and work is shown to be satisfactory, enrolment is automatically confirmed.
Withdrawal procedure
There must be one term’s written notice of intention to withdraw the student from the school. Parents must pay all fees incurred over the notice period.
Where there is insufficient notice given, a fee of one term’s tuition will be charged in lieu of notice.

2017 Fees (including GST):

Annual Fees – 1st child 2nd child 3rd child 4th child 5th child
Primary: 6,284.00 5,341.00 4,398.00 3,142.00 0.00
Middle School Year 7-10: 7,011.00 5,960.00 4,908.00 3,506.00 0.00



Per Term Fees – 1st child 2nd child 3rd child 4th child 5th child
Primary: 1,571.00 1,335.00 1,099.00 785.00 0.00
Middle School Year 7-10: 1,753.00 1,490.00 1,227.00 876.00 0.00


International Student fees from $10,000.00 per annum, depending on requirements.


If you have more than one child at school, always allocate fees on the basis of age groupings – oldest first.  In all cases the fifth child is always free.

Immanuel Prospectus 2017

Enrolment Form - New Child

Enrolment Forms - New Family

Enquiry Form

    Thank you for your interest in our school. Please complete this form to receive further information: