Upper School

The years of Ideals and Passion

The world of the teenager is both exciting and challenging. There is no period of greater emotional and intellectual rigour –  passion and intellect, care and confrontation, idealism or egotism, sexuality, peer pressure, anxiety, elation and identity fulfillment.

Within this challenging mix, a Steiner student experiences the love of knowing, the pleasure of intellectual rigour, understands what meaningful relationships require, bathes in beauty,  feels the transition from a diffuse personality towards inner certainty and develops the internal mobility to create new solutions to new problems.

The student admires the expert teacher who is deeply passionate about their subject. Relationships between pupil and teacher become increasingly human to human rather than pupil/teacher. This enables a delicacy and guidance in the moral questions of integrity within the 21st century cyber and sexual worlds. Doubt, darkness and intensity require teachers who are loving, consequential, worthy of imitation and can  inspire our tamariki towards worthy ideals.

Haere taka mua, taka muri; kaua e whai !

Be a leader not a follower

Upper school peer support

Our strong teaching team has a well-developed culture of high-quality Steiner teaching and academic aspiration.  This has grown from NCEA passes to the additional attainment of merit and excellence in level 2 and 3 subjects.

  • Above average results in all levels of NCEA in both achievement and  endorsements
  • Student leaving data from the Ministry  shows our students consistently  have higher NCEA leaving qualifications at all levels  ( level 1, 2, 3  and UE )  than the  national average
  • International PISA results – year 10 performance in  maths, science and reading indicates  a higher degree of attitude and  aspiration in maths and science than the international average results
  • Ministry of Education moderation of teachers assessment processes demonstrates that our teachers moderate extremely accurately in assessing student work against national norms.
  • Remarkable teacher-pupil ratio of 1: 7 on average in senior  school enabling intense learning

Whatever your teenager wishes to attain academically, we are confident that we can deliver this for any student.

They will have subject experts in every learning area, a lower pupil/teacher ratio than any school, Main lessons which cover the wide range of subjects ( see below).

The high school programme is very full as we, unlike most schools, expect our students to be involved with a wide range of subjects and begin to specialize only in years 12 & 13  (NCEA level 2 & 3).  We are strong believers in maintaining a wide learning experience while our students mature so they can make more informed choices about their future.

Gateway and STAR courses towards post-school tertiary  courses and apprenticeships are an increasing option in class 11 & 12. Please have a look here for a selection of this year's courses. STAR and Gateway Guide 2018

The Tertiary Education Commission data demonstrates that graduates from Steiner schools in New Zealand had a 75% completion rate for tertiary qualifications compared to the national average of  57%.

Qualification Pathway

NCEA and Steiner Certificate

The school offers literacy and numeracy standards at Level 1 NCEA and a full NCEA programme at Levels 2 and 3.

Where there is a specific request for a subject outside the range offered, we assist with Correspondence school.

Senior classes are  offered the Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School Certificate in  Year 12 and 13.

NCEA processes are moderated and reviewed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority ( NZQA) national monitoring systems.

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Ages and Stages

Mainlessons are an intense learning block of  1.5 hrs per day for  3 weeks creating a deep unique learning experience.

Subject lessons:  Range between 3 x 1hr lessons to 1  lesson per week

CLASS 8 (Year 9): Meeting the Modern World

Main Lessons: Social Geography, Industrial Revolution, Chemistry, ICT, Media, Meteorology, Mechanics and Hydrodynamics, Human Anatomy, Geometry in Nature, 20 and 21st Century History, Drama, Individual Project

Subject Lessons: English, maths, sciences ( chem, bio, physics), art, PE, Health, Cooking, Woodwork and technologies, ICT, Sport, Music, Drama, Peer support.

CLASS 9 (Year 10): Polarity

Main Lessons: World Revolutions,  Heat and Energy, Humour, Iconography, Probability, Historical Images of the Human being, Photosynthesis, Geometry to Algebra, Geology, The 12 Senses, Work Experience, Drama,  Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Subject lessons: as above. Most classes run as  half classes – ratio  1:15

CLASS 10 (Year 11): Growing Balance

Main Lessons: Human Physiology, Trigonometry, the Gaia Theory, Shakespearean drama, Electromagnetism, Surveying, Chemistry of Metals, Work Experience, Sustainability, Cultural Encounters, History of Language, the Odyssey

Subject lessons: as above.

CLASS 11 (Year 12): Analysis and Reflection 

Main Lessons: Atomic and Particle Physics, New Zealand History, Cell Biology, Urbanisation, Music, Modern Art, Projective Geometry, Chemistry, Parsival, Civics, Biographical Encounters

NCEA Subject Choices: English, Science, Maths, Spanish, Drama, Physical Education, Te Reo, Music, Sport, Art, Technology, Health, Social Studies, ICT, Textiles, Photography, History, Physics, Classics.

CLASS 12 (Year 13): Synthesis and the Future

Main Lessons: Issues of Our Time, World Architecture, New Zealand Writers, Chemistry, World Philosophers , Projective Geometry, Shakespeare, Astronomy, Light and Waves, Human Evolution, Biographies, Year long Project research.

NCEA Subject Choices: English, Science, Maths, Spanish, Drama, Physical Education,  Te Reo, Music, Sport, Art, Technology, Health, Social Studies, ICT, Textiles, Photography, History, Physics, Classics. Correspondence  available for any  other subject

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