Learning within practical, creative and relevant contexts allows students to develop an understanding of how to learn as well a love of learning.
The world in which we now live has been changed, possibly forever, by the pandemic. It has given us the time, opportunity, and impetus to reflect on what is really important to us as individuals, parents and a wider society.
At Michael Park we have been putting children at the centre of what we do for over forty years. Cherishing childhood, nurturing individuals, and developing deep and meaningful relationships is at the heart of what we believe philosophically and what drives the daily life of the school.
We are large enough to provide the richness of experience to support every child on the journey to who they can be, but also small enough that we know students and families as individuals.
Learning within practical, creative and relevant contexts allows students to develop resilience, creativity, communication skills and an understanding of how to learn, as well as a love of learning.
At Michael Park School we cherish childhood and provide a programme which emphasises the development of imagination alongside physical skills, thinking capacities and social relationships. We go to considerable lengths to facilitate the students’ ability to be self-directed, reflective and self-aware learners and this is supported by the structure of our learning programmes, the school environment and our approach to growth and development.
Michael Park School graduates are socially competent critical thinkers who use their skills and personal character to set themselves challenging, realistic goals for further education and for life. We educate students to become self-aware, self-managing individuals who have courage for their own growth.
Our alumni are found as leaders and innovators in diverse fields around the world; including finance, business and information technology, the tertiary sector and research in science, law, medicine as well as in many areas of the arts including film media, design, music and fine arts.
This is enabled through a rich, diverse curriculum with a style of delivery which is contextual, practical and varied. Our social and learning environment allows students to develop their individual capacities. Students are given challenging growth opportunities through individual projects, class productions, outdoor education experiences and other challenges which allows them to experience success and take ownership of their own achievements.
The emphasis on community encourages students to seek out opportunities for service leadership and individualise their learning pathways as they progress through high school. Our students’ unique journeys are nurtured within the partnership of their teachers and whānau.