In New Zealand, education is free for students in state-funded schools, although there may be a small fee for uniforms or school supplies. School attendance varies considerably by location, although Catholic and state-integrated religious schools are both free. The country is also home to several private, international, and state-run schools. While private and independent schools may offer more extensive curriculums, these are typically less expensive than state-funded institutions.
IB World School
A New Zealand IB World School offers two distinct programmes: the Primary Years Programme and the Diploma Programme. Both programmes are taught in English and Te Reo Maori. Bucklands Beach Intermediate School is a state-funded, co-educational school, located 15 kilometres east of Auckland. The school requires students to wear uniforms. It offers homestays and a range of extracurricular activities. The school’s academic program is rigorous but flexible, and the IB curriculum prepares students to face challenges in the future.
Another IB World School in New Zealand is the Diocesan School for Girls. This co-educational, state-funded school caters to girls from Year nine to thirteen. The school is dedicated to the IBDP and follows the curriculum of the French ‘ecole normal’, a model school where exemplary teaching methods were shared among student teachers. The school also requires students to wear a school uniform.
State integrated school
A State Integrated School is a type of public school in New Zealand. These schools are owned and operated by the government and cater to the majority of schoolchildren. While they are free to attend, they often follow specialist education methods such as Montessori or Steiner. They also charge compulsory fees to cover the costs of maintaining the facilities. Just under five percent of children attend a private school. Read on to learn more about these schools and what makes them unique.
One of the biggest questions about state-integrated schools is how much they charge. At least half of the students at one integrated school in Wellington pay more than $900 a year for attendance. Another question is how these schools can afford to charge such high fees for their services, which often go against the core purpose of public education. Despite the controversy, state-integrated schools still have their place. They serve an important purpose in New Zealand’s society.
After 1936, the structure of the primary school curriculum was unchanged, but maths and science were restructured to accommodate the changes in focus in the education system. A new structure gave schools more freedom to design the curriculum for their students. The Education Act 1877 had mandated military-related physical drill for boys. Team sports were considered an important adjunct to school studies. In 1912, a formal physical education syllabus was introduced to New Zealand state schools.
State schools are funded by the government and given priority to local students, who are based in the region in which the school is located. The school zone policy gives preference to local students, but this does not prevent international students from being placed in state schools that are close to their homes. International students should note that there is limited space at state schools, and that they may have to compete with local students for a seat. In addition, state schools are free for citizens of New Zealand.