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Co-education in the Prep School (Years 1-6)
Co-education across the Prep School will begin in 2021. Enrolments will be managed carefully to move the Prep School to become fully co-educational in Years 1 to 6.
The IB Primary Years Programme aims to develop learners that demonstrate increased ownership of their learning. A co-educational environment enhances the learning experience for all students with greater diversity in the classroom whilst breaking down gender based subject stereotypes allowing all students to develop their love of learning and realise their individual passions.
With growing numbers in the Prep School we will be able to develop the specialist teaching programme, with the potential to include more STEM subjects.
Learning support programmes will develop with the intention to establish a learning support teacher exclusively for the Prep School with the guidance and support of the College wide learning support team.
To ensure personalised learning there are a maximum number of spaces available at each Year Level. Enrolments in the Prep School will be managed carefully to meet these set class sizes. Spaces available for girls are initially smaller to see individual learning is maintained while logistics required for a growing roll are developed.
- Years 1 & 2 = 15 spaces each
- Year 3 = 20 spaces
- Years 4 – 6 = 22 spaces each
Although we will use our best endeavours, as we transition to this, we may not be able to precisely meet these limits in 2021 but are confident this will not have a material impact. There is no reduction in the number of spaces available to boys and students currently attending the College are guaranteed a place in the following year.
Once we reach the class size limit a waitlist will be developed and at some Year Levels if numbers allow we will consider opening an additional class.
Classroom teachers are responsible for the pastoral care of our Prep students. Small class sizes allow teachers to have an in-depth knowledge of their students. Alongside the classroom teacher the Junior and Senior Syndicate Deans, Assistant Principal, College Counsellor, Nurse and Chaplain work together to care for Prep School students.
A mentoring and peer support programme exclusively for the girls will be established across the three schools providing a support network for all girls.
The Houses will be mixed in replication of the classroom. A growth in numbers of the roll allows for an increase in the current inter-house competition.
The cultural opportunities will grow in depth and breadth with the addition of girls. There is opportunity to introduce a Kapa Haka group and additional musical groups alongside the existing choirs.
Girls will be included in the current sporting programme and as numbers of girls continue to grow the programme can develop to provide additional codes and teams. The Year 5 and 6 Thursday sporting programme will continue to provide a variety of codes for all students including football, hockey, tennis, rugby, softball, netball and cricket.
The change to co-education will allow us to expand the current fixture calendar. Many of the current schools we meet for fixtures are co-ed themselves and we can also begin to include girls’ schools.
There are a variety of leadership positions available in the Prep School. While it is unlikely girls will be able to hold formal leadership positions in the first year there are a number of opportunities for boys and girls to develop their leadership skills through student led committees such as the environmental group and within their Houses.
All students take part in the same EOTC (Education outside the classroom) Programme, in a co-educational environment. Provisions are made at each Year Level to see all students are cared for during their EOTC experience.
Prep School enrolments are currently open and offers of place will be made after a tour and interview with your child.
As places are limited we encourage families to begin the enrolment process as early as possible for the best chance of securing a place for your child.
We invite any families interested in visiting the Prep School to consider for their daughter or son to these upcoming events:
Prep School Open Evening – Wednesday 23 September
Opportunities for girls to come and experience time in our Prep School will be held later in October
If you have any questions relating to co-education in the Prep School please do get in touch with Prep School PA Olive Mulcahy at firstname.lastname@example.org