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Welcome Macleans is relatively new, but since its founding in 1980 it has established a deserved reputation for high performance in the core business area of academic success. This is complemented by a highly prized value system based on the unique whanau house concept, and the active support of an extensive programme of co-curricular activities. We constantly take pride in the excellent calibre of our staff, and the professionalism and support of our Board of Trustees. Macleans College has a student roll representing in excess of 50 nationalities. The diversity and energy of this truly international community of students and staff helps make the school dynamic and always interesting. The school offers its students a number of curriculum assessment and qualification pathways, and we are now a truly international school as a result. We are all very pleased to be part of Macleans College and with our basic values constantly tended and enhanced, we try to ensure that this is a school that is willing and able to innovate. It is a school that offers our students and staff a myriad of opportunities and one all of us can be proud to be a part of, including you, our newest students. B J Bentley MA


Macleans College warmly welcomes all our new students and their families and we hope this is the beginning of a long and positive association with the school.


Introduction Macleans College was opened in 1980 by the Governor General, Sir David Beattie, with a roll of 199 students. The school is co-educational and was the first S80 or whanau house school built in New Zealand. It now has a roll of over 2500 students. Each whanau house comprises a large building with a variety of teaching spaces and a commons area which acts as a social space. The whanau is an extended family of approximately 300 students which operates as a mini school within the larger school. On arrival at Macleans College a student is placed in a form class. That form class is assigned to one of the whanau houses. The students remain in that form class and, therefore, in that house for the duration of their time at the college.

Maclean Family Motto The official emblem of the school, worn on the students’ jerseys, incorporates as a centrepiece a castle from the Maclean family crest and is set against six waves. The waves symbolise the physical setting of the school. The emblem represents the Macleans’ philosophy of basing school values on the best of the old and the new.



To deliver quality education and development opportunities to the young people of our community, ensuring that they receive excellent preparation for ongoing education, acceptance of social responsibilities and work in an international environment. The Vision for the School

Foundation Stones Macleans College has three guiding principles and values: •

Delivery of Quality Education

A Belief in the importance of Co-curricular Activity

The Whanau House System

“The Board maintains a balanced view of achievement, and encourages high levels of participation and achievement in co-curricular areas. Student involvement in voluntary and service programmes is encouraged and celebrated.” Education Review Office



Delivery of a Quality Education • • • •

Maintenance and enhancement of Excellence Our students reaching their highest potential Hard-working classroom atmosphere Up-to-date curriculum

Macleans offers the NCEA at all levels and the CIE or Cambridge International Examinations. A number of our students are regularly top in the world and New Zealand at IGCSE AS and A levels. Our students regularly win NCEA Premier Scholarships and Endowments to enter top NZ and overseas universities. Over the last two years, top New Zealand school in the Cambridge International Examination. Over the last seven years, top New Zealand school in the NZQA Premier Scholarship with seven awards. On average 91% of Year 13 students gain university entrance. One of the two biggest providers of first year students to the University of Auckland.


Results in the NZ external examinations regularly place the school in the top 10 in New Zealand and Macleans is the top co‑educational college.


Delivery of a Quality Education Learning pathways are a feature of the Senior School: • NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) • CIE (Cambridge International Examinations) Special abilities learning programme Years 9-10 Special programmes for Learning Support • ESOL • Reading Tuition • Study Centres • House based peer and after school tutorials • Additional Mathematics • Year 9 and 10 core Mathematics and English Year 12/13 Vocation Studies Including • STAR (Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource) Courses • Gateway (work experience programme)



“The high standards of student achievement, and the positive, respectful tone of the school, noted in the 2003 and 2007 ERO reports, continue to be features of this multicultural secondary school.” Education Review Office



Co-Curricular Ethos of the well-rounded student/citizen acore belief of the school.

“The board of trustees places a high value on, and supports, sporting and cultural endeavours. Many students achieve at regional and national levels in a range of pursuits.” Education Review Office

Co-Curricular Groups Sport:

Aerobics Athletics Badminton Basketball Chess Team Cricket Cross Country Cycling Equestrian Football Golf Hockey Martial Arts Mountain Biking Multi‐Sport Netball Rowing Rugby Swimming Table Tennis Tennis Touch Rugby Water Polo Underwater Hockey Volleyball Weightlifting Yachting


Australian Maths Challenge Computer Club Eton Mathematics Competition Geography Quiz Team International Young Physicists Tournament IT PAL Tutors Language Competitions Mathex Competition Maths Olympiad Junior Mathematics Competition Programming Club Science Club Subject Tutoring


Senior Orchestra MSO Intermediate Orchestra Senior Concert Band Intermediate Concert Band Stage Band Junior Stage Band Chamber Orchestra Chamber Ensemble SATB Choir Combined Senior/ Junior Girls Choir Boys Choir Jazz Combo Barbershop Girls Chorus


Art Competition Blood Donor Christian Group Creative Writing Club Debating Teams Duke of Edinburgh Scheme Environmental Group (The Wombles) 40 Hour Famine Interact Club Librarians Painting Group Rock and Roll Dance Club Theatresports School Guide Speech Competition Speakers Club Stage Challenge Technical Crew Young Enterprise Team

Intercultural Club:

African Club Arts and Crafts Club Asian Club Ballroom Dancing Chinese Flag Dance Chinese Girls Dance Chinese Chess Club Filipino Club French Club Fundraising Club German Club Indian Club Intercultural Choir Japanese Club Kia Ora Club Korean Club Korean Dance Korean Drums Lion Dance Malaysian‐ Singapore Club Media Affairs Middle Eastern Club Spanish Club United Nations Club

The Whanau House System The whanau house is an ideal framework for providing an effective environment for learning and growth. • It reflects the distinctive character of the person it is named after • It creates an element of competition • It provides incentives to do one’s best, to make the most of talents • It promotes opportunities for personal development Each student is placed in a form class in his/her year level in a whanau house. The whanau house offers, fosters and encourages: • An extended family of students and staff • Values, social interactions, leadership opportunities, group loyalties and mutual support • A feeling of belonging and self esteem, where the students feel accepted and valued • Service to the community



“The whanau house system continues to be a strength of the school and provides students with a sense of belonging and a family atmosphere, together with many opportunities for leadership.” Education Review Office

Student Enrolment There are two types of enrolments: • In Zone • Out-of-Zone Enrolment packs are available from the main office or downloaded from the school website. In Zone Automatic entitlement to attend the school. Out-of-Zone Selection is by ballot. The Ballot Drawn under police supervision. Each year level is balloted separately in the following order: • Current siblings • Past siblings • Children of past pupils • Children of staff • Others The Ranked List Successful applicants are notified by letter. Unsuccessful applicants also receive a letter with their place on the waiting list. Successful applicants must accept in writing or they forfeit their place. The school periodically goes back to the ranked list as students leave or withdraw.



Enrolling a Student General information on enrolling a student, enrolment forms, enrolment schemes and zones, prospectus, option selection sheets and course selection guides List of Inzone Streets The Whanau House System General information on the Whanau House System, links to House websites School Uniform General information, elements of the uniform, photographs, garment options, stockists Students Information on stationery, exams, option choices, curriculum, careers, term dates Faculties and Advisory Contact details for Faculty Heads, Student Advisory Services, links to Faculty websites (contains course outlines and requirements) Co-Curricular Information on the importance of co-curricular, groups/activities offered, links to co-curricular websites New Zealand Qualifications Authority University of Cambridge International Examinations

Batten House

Hillary House

Kupe House

Mansfield House

Rutherford House

Snell House

Te Kanawa House

Upham House

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