Self-growth, social skills, ecology as core subjects
High expectations and consistent boundaries
Student voices heard and responded to
Focus on collaboration rather than competition
Real-world experiential leaning activities
Current issues explored and acted upon
Contemporary information and knowledge
Caring, highly skilled educators
Small class sizes
Relaxed, highly personal culture
Strong community feeling
Assessment focused on personal growth not national norms
Strong self-awareness and confidence
High levels of resilience and creativity
Well developed leadership abilities
Outstanding academic results
Personal and professional success
Students need and want the freedom to question old practices and to create healthy new ones that will require substantial changes in our society.
The Brilliant Curriculum is designed to develop the whole (body, mind, spirit) of every student and give students a strong voice in their learning and in the school site itself. We help them to graduate as highly capable young adults who understand who they are with ability to work alongside others to be an inspiring constructive force in our world.
"You can be yourself and let your imagination go wild."
"Something AWESOME happens every day at school"
According to statistics, 62% of NZ students find school boring, wondering why they are required to learn ‘stuff’ that has little or no relevance to their lives.
Students live in the real world, with real-life issues and their own set of interests and abilities. The Brilliant Curriculum looks to deeply engage every student in their learning, putting it into personally meaningful, practical, real-life contexts wherever possible. Core learning such as literacy and numeracy are complemented by a range of optional subjects and personally-chosen projects. Computers enable them to access an unlimited supply of up-to-date information to make learning relevant to their lives.
When students feel safe, heard and valued they are open to positive learning.
Research shows that great teachers achieve outstanding academic and social results through strong interpersonal relationships while impersonal, results-oriented teachers tend to turn students off learning. Brilliant educators have four key attributes: a high level of inner strength that allows them to hold their realness and self-authority in the difficult situations they will often find themselves; the ability to genuinely accept, trust and warmly care for every student without judgement; the ability to empathize with each student, to see and respond to their unique situation and current experience; and the ability to facilitate rather than dictate learning.
"Nice teachers… fun things to learn … I get help when I need it"
"This school helps you excel in all subjects. It is a school of freedom and openness"
Brilliance is typically attributed to a small number of people with outstanding performances in academic, scientific, artistic or sporting fields.
We regard brilliance to be an ‘instanding’ quality available to anyone who commits to developing it. Brilliant people don’t fit into a box, they are open, confident, alive, understand and love all of themselves. They know what they stand for and their brightness positively impacts people and the planet around them.