Frequently Asked Questions

Signing Treaty2Who attends Mt Hobson Middle School?

We are a co-educational school for boys and girls in Years 7-10 (aged 10-15). Students of all ability levels excel in our school. The current group of students is close to balanced in terms of gender and has a wide range of ability levels from students achieving up to High Distinction in Australasian School exams through to students with learning difficulties.

The key is that we are able to help all students through the combination of:

  • Small school size.
  • Small class size.
  • Project-based curriculum.
  • Individualised Base Learning Plans.
  • Split day structure - academic work in the mornings; arts, music, sports and community learning in the afternoons.
  • The care and professionalism from each staff member.

Students must be prepared to learn in English and this provides a limit to the number of international students who attend. The international students that are at the school get a very good foundation for going on to Year 11 and above and succeeding.

How structured is the learning environment?

The school is both structured and disciplined. The students do three full classes in each morning in their core subjects (Maths, English, Science, Social Studies, Technology) and also have an independent learning hour. In their independent time, the Year 7 & 8 students are supervised on 2 to 3 of the periods and all students have access to teaching staff to answer their questions during this time. There is a very high expectation that students use their independent time to the best of their ability. 

What is the enrolment procedure?

After an application is received, a time is made to meet the student. Parents are able to make an appointment prior to sending in an application if they prefer. The Academic Manager meets the student and discusses the style of learning with the parents and student. An offer of place letter is then sent out with a form asking for acceptance. 

What is the practical outcome of the Christian focus and principles?

On a day-to-day basis, the expectations of how staff work with the students and the level of demonstrated respect that students have for each other, staff and the members of the community they interact with is a key outcome of this area. 

The school does not have formal religious education but the Christian ethic and worldview is a foundation to all of our teaching. The children feel comfortable being challenged on their thoughts and challenging others (including staff).

Students come to the school from a diverse range of backgrounds and I do not believe any feel uncomfortable within it due to their beliefs. 

Which schools have the students transitioned to upon leaving Mt Hobson?

 Our students go on to enrol at a wide variety of schools including but not exclusively: 

ACG New Zealand International College

ACG Parnell College

ACG Strathallan

Auckland Grammar

Auckland International College

Baradene College

Botany Downs Secondary College

Epsom Girls' Grammar School

Glendowie College

Green Bay High School

Kings College

Massey High School

Michael Park School

Mt Roskill Grammar

Northcote College

Northcross Intermediate

Onehunga High School

Rosehill College

Sacred Heart College (Auckland)

Selwyn College

St Cuthbert's College (Epsom)

St Kentigern College (Pakuranga)

St Peter's College (Epsom)

St Peter's School (Cambridge)

Takapuna Grammar School

Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu 

The Corelli School

Western Springs College