The timetable structure is designed to allowstudents to maximise their learning through a number of contexts and experiences. It also allows parents to have effective input and be fully involved in the education of their children.
The school day is from 8.30am to 12.50pm, with classes to cover the curriculum. Children are able to work at their own level and with others of similar ability. There is a day-to-day student:teacher ratio of 15:1. During this time, the students have a variety of tasks and expectations of their input are high with little down-time. A significant amount of work is overtly taught by staff to ensure that the New Zealand Curriculum is fully covered. This includes classes for Mathematics, Science, English, Social Studies and Technology. This teaching is done within the context of the projects that the groups are currently working through. The children also have a significant amount of time to direct their own work as individuals and in groups. Research, thinking, and presenting skills are developed in depth.
In the afternoon programme (1.30 - 3.15pm), the year group's rotate through different activities. Year 7 to Year 10 participate in the following
- Sport (2 Afternoons)
- Community Learning and Community Service
These activities are organised by the school. However, if a parent wishes to arrange specialised tuition for their child, they will have the freedom to do so at their own cost (e.g. tennis coaching, music lessons taught by outside professionals).
The children primarily work in their year groups during the morning sessions. Changes are sometimes made for individuals to provide a better match to a project, interest or need.
Year 10 students are taught in a manner that keeps in mind preparation for their transition into the final years of schooling. Students leave South Auckland Middle School well prepared for entry into year 11 at a secondary school of their choice and have an excellent base upon which to excel in the new qualifications framework or overseas administered exams.
ICT is used to foster creativity, allow access to a vast range of information, develop problem solving skills, prepare students for 21st Century life, increase enthusiasm, improve research skills, develop communication skills and help students work cooperatively and internationally. In summary, it is used to broaden the scope and diversity of learning. When students leave South Auckland Middle School they take an electronic portfolio of work with them.