Mcleans College. New Zealand
The school was opened in 1980 with a roll of 199 students. The school is co-educational and was the first 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.
- The Auckland metropolitan area in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country with a population approaching 1.4 million residents, 31 percent of the country's population.
- Auckland has a warm-temperate climate, with warm, humid summers and mild, damp winters. The average daily maximum temperature is 23 °C in February, and 14 °C in July.
- Positive aspects of Auckland life are its mild climate, plentiful employment and educational opportunities, as well as numerous leisure facilities. Auckland currently ranks 4th equal in a survey of the quality of life of 215 major cities of the world.
- The opportunity to sit Cambridge examinations.
- The Macleans school system which has proved so successful over the years.
- Access to high standards of educational progress including academic, cultural and sporting areas.
- A commitment to development of the individual character.
- Commitment to a code of personal and collective values.
- Commitment to staying in the forefront of the application of computer and information technology.
- Curriculum innovation, such as the ´thinking program´.
- Living with the host family all students are made to feel safe and secure.
- Help in the house is expected. This may involve clearing away dishes from the dining room table, stacking the dishwasher, keeping the bathroom tidy - and keeping one’s room tidy.
- Speciality dinners will not be cooked every night but the host family will try to accommodate the student’s preferences within reason.
- Students may be expected to walk to school or take ride on a bus just like other boys and girls attending Macleans College.
- The Internet is to be used for homework or contacting parents back home. Further use can be decided with the family.
In other words, students from overseas will become part of the family and take part in normal day-to-day involvement in the house. Overseas students will be made to feel welcome and part of the New Zealand way of life.
There is a huge range of opportunities available to students in culture and sports. It is compulsory for each student to participate in one of these activities. Cultural activities include chess, debating, drama, photography, orchestra, choir etc. Sporting activities include table tennis, basketball, sailing, rowing, yachting, soccer, water polo, rugby, netball, tennis etc.