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Key strengths at the heart of Seven Oaks education

Extensive research shows that happiness and success as an adult are determined by the character strengths we do or don't develop during childhood. We put seven key strengths at the heart of our Brilliant Curriculum and our outstanding academic results are the natural consequence of development of those areas. When our students move on to high school, the self-esteem and inner strength they have developed at Seven Oaks give them a powerful advantage that carries over into adulthood, positively impacting their personal relationships and professional careers.

Holistic awareness of ‘who I am’ – physically, emotionally, intellectually and intuitively – to develop and use all the innate abilities we were born with. This is the overarching goal of our Brilliant Curriculum.

Emotional intelligence

Now widely recognised as the most important factor in personal and professional success in adult life, emotional intelligence (EQ) development is at the core of Building Brilliance


The ability to cope positively with adverse events is a key life skill. The factors that build strong resiliency are designed into Seven Oaks’ Empowering Environment.

Ecological intelligence

A deep connection with, and understanding of, the natural world and the systems we need to sustain life on Earth is the focus of our Eco-Literacy programme.


"Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." This thinking, outlined here by Albert Einstein, is strongly fostered through our Full Engagement Learning.


While competition divides and limits us, co-operation and collaboration utilises the unique contributions of many to achieve outstanding results. This is the key principle of our Socio-Literacy curriculum.


The ability to respond positively to situations and make decisions that benefit oneself, others and the environment is developed through our Empowering Environment.

"My daughter often reminds us that sending her to Seven Oaks was one of the best decisions we have ever made and I wholeheartedly agree with her."

Diane, parent and board member

“All about developing more than just educational outcomes!!!” 

The right school... Small class sizes. Play-based learning is developing our child amazingly well. Key element for me is it's... Read more

Liam, parent

“Can’t wait to send our youngest next year!”

We are happy we made the choice to send our 5-year-old son (now 6.5) to Seven Oaks. He has been... Read more

Kurt, parent

“Both our children have thrived”

We chose Seven Oaks because of its holistic, child-centred approach to education. In today’s environment of large class sizes, Seven... Read more

Fiona, parent

“His energy can be focused on learning and not worrying”

Seven Oaks School would have been off my radar had it not been recommended by a leading Christchurch businesssoman, whose... Read more

Di, parent

“Our boys look forward to going to school and they are engaged”

We are delighted with our experience at Seven Oaks School. All of the educators, as well as the head of... Read more

Cecily, parent