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Years 7 and 8


Genuine support for students' feelings and thoughts about themselves and others as they transition into puberty


Using their growing academic and creative abilities to explore ideas and issues that are important to them


Students are growing the self-belief and responsibilities that enable them to thrive at secondary school and beyond
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Mike Rea

“I get the chance to educate in a school that embraces diversity, values new experiences and cares about protecting our natural resources.”

Providing support in changing times

By the end of this time, most girls are nearing the end of puberty and boys are generally well advanced. This brings a sensitivity to the uncertainties of their changing bodies and to the feelings of how others may view them.
There is a lot going internally and externally as their emerging self explores its place in the bigger, global world that is opening to them. They develop abstract reasoning, and begin to make cause and effect connections. Kids at this age are often excited about the growth and freedom that comes with the teenage years. This is often a time of high ideals and wanting to take action to support a cause.
'Big ideas' and independence

At this level, our academic programme is designed to help students become increasingly competent and independent with their literacy and numeracy skills, ready to apply their understanding at a secondary level. The NZ Curriculum is wellcovered. Strong emphasis is placed on practical mathematics, applying number knowledge and strategies to real world problems. Literacy sessions are based around Building Brilliance themes and big ideas.Key reading and writing skills are developed with strong emphasis on comprehension, verbal communication and the ability to express ideas both orally and written.

At the same time, the personal growth programme steps up a gear to ensure strong confidence and social abilities that support them to thrive in the traditional environments they will soon be moving to.

Imagination and creativity continue to be fostered in all activities. Cognitive abilities such as thinking, reasoning, and decision-making are strengthened through Feuerstein work. Students take time each day to reflect inwardly via mindfulness sessions. Afternoon activities are largely hands-on to give them a healthy balance.

Learning experiences are often individually determined with students working individually and in groups to either solve problems or develop their own meaning on a topic. World views are openly discussed and critically assessed for personal meaning. The classroom has a democratic culture in which every voice is equally valued. Behavioural norms are regularly reviewed.

By the end of Year 8 our aim is for students to leave Seven Oaks with:
  • a deep understanding and appreciation of themselves and others
  • their imaginations and creative skills alive and well
  • high levels of academic ability to support their success at high school
  • self awareness and resiliency that empowers them in our unpredictable future
  • a deep love of, and connection with, the natural world

What the students say

“I like the freedom”

I like the freedom and the trust. Seven Oaks lets you be yourself.

Hana, student (age 11)

“The educators are kind”

You can be yourself and express who you are. I like wearing what I want and calling educators by their first name.

Alena, student (age 13)

“I like the options”

The play time is different. The teachers are cool. I like the options and the learning.

Finn, student (age 11)

“Imagination interwoven with education”

Seven Oaks is the kind of school that lets you excel in all subjects. It is a school of freedom and openness that brings out... Read more

Devon, student (age 12)

“I want to send my children to this school”

I love that you get to know everyone – it doesn’t matter what year you are in.

Cadigan, student (age 7)

“Plenty of playtime, books to read”

Plenty of playtime, great school trips, lots of games, sandpit, lots of water...

Ryan, student (age 10)

“I have freedom”

It is the best school in the world because I have freedom - to be outside and play.

Maddie, student (age 6)