Michael Park School
|Michael Park School|
|55 Amy Street,
|Type||State integrated co-educational (NE, Year 1-13)|
|Motto||Receive the Child in Reverence, Educate him in love, Let him go forth in Freedom|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||424|
|School roll||372 (October 2014)|
Unlike 'conventional' state schools, the Steiner philosophy encourages a slightly later development, and a more creative environment.
Another unique aspect of Michael Park is their keen eye for aesthetics. The belief is that more graceful architecture will be beneficial to student's learning, meaning that there are less right angles in the school buildings and more curves.
One of the key things making Rudolf Steiner schools unique is the year-long project of each and every 7th Form/Year 13 student. The student is encouraged to learn or develop a skill, complete an exercise and assist the community. Some recent projects have included: learning to play a musical instrument, making a short film, learning authorship or painting, restoration/building of cars, boats, etc.
The student study is assessed on many levels including the presentation of an oral speech, and development of records (i.e., keeping a diary or their efforts) and compiling a visual display to represent their work and what they've learned over the course of the year.
The final result of the Independent Study contributes substantially to their Steiner certificate results for the year.
This is a state integrated school (i.e., they are largely funded by Government subsidy). This way, Michael Park School students can participate in both government standard assessment, NCEA as well as a recently developed Steiner certificate.
- Physical Education
- Performing Arts
- Social Studies
- Te Reo Maori
- Correspondence courses
Students choose between the language subjects Maori and German.
Michael Park has had an unusually high proportion of students representing New Zealand in sport, particularly lacrosse. Their school team, the MPS Storm, contained eight members of the Under-19 New Zealand Men's Lacrosse team, including the captain, Toby Delamore.
- "Directory of Schools - as at 5 November 2014". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2014-12-06.
- "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.