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How our holistic education
nurtures brilliance

Many teachers understand our 200-year-old education system needs to change. Seven Oaks was founded to bring education into the 21st Century, not by turning our children into screen addicts, but by recognising, celebrating and building the natural-born abilities they have to create a wonderful future, in tune with the planet and each other. Years of research and examination of best-practice pedagogy around the world helped us to develop our unique educational model, which highly values the holistic wellbeing of children, including social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects. That’s why 40% of our students have parents who work in education and we are able to offer your children an education unlike any other, no matter where you live.

Why we inspire

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."

Xanthe, age 10

"Something AWESOME happens every day at school"

Cadigan, age 7

Why we engage

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 everyone in their learning, putting it into personally meaningful, practical, real-life contexts wherever possible. Core learning such as literacy and numeracy are supported by a range of optional subjects and personally-chosen projects. Wise use of computers enables students to access an unlimited supply of up-to-date information to make learning relevant to their lives.

Why we nurture

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"

Ryan, age 10

"This school helps you excel in all subjects. It is a school of freedom and openness"

Devon, age 12

What is brilliance?

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.

Our results

PAT scores | ERO findings | Parent survey results | Student survey results

“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