Day and class structure
The timetable is designed to allow students to maximise their learning through a number of contexts and experiences. It also allows parents to be able to have effective input and be fully and actively involved in the education of their children.
The school day at the villa is from 8.30am to 12.50pm within classes and work groups to cover the New Zealand and Project Based Curriculum. Children are able to work at their own level and with others of like ability. Expectations of their input is high and very little 'down-time; is timetabled. A significant amount of work is overtly taught by staff to ensure that the New Zealand Curriculum is fully covered. This includes classes for Maths, Science, English, Social Studies and Technology. This teaching is done within the context of the projects that the year groups are currently working through. The children also have a significant amount of time to direct their own work as individuals and in groups. Research, thinking and presenting skills are developed in depth. During the morning sessions, the children primarily work in their year groups. Changes are sometimes made for individuals, to provide a better match to project, interest and need. Their year groupings are the basis for the organization of the afternoon programmes. Year 10 students are taught in a manner that keeps in mind preparation for their transition into the final years of schooling. The children will be well prepared for entry into Year 11 at a secondary school of their choice or at the Villa NCEA Academy and have an excellent base upon which to excel in the new qualifications framework or overseas administered exams.
In the afternooon programme (1.30-3.15pm), the year group rotates through 5 activities per week:
- Community Service+, Year 7 & 8
- Community Service, Year 9 & 10
- Community Based Learning
These activities are organized by the school. However, if a parent wants to arrange specialized tuition for their child in a designated activity, they will have the freedom to do so at their own cost (e.g tennis coaching, dancing, music tuition etc)
Music tuition is provided by Remuera Music Academy with students attending an afternoon session once a week at the Remuera Road campus: www.rma.ac.nz