At Glenfield Intermediate School we have a comprehensive programme for learning English for those students for whom English is not their first language. The programme has been developed to cover three main stages in second language acquisition.
Students in the 'developing' stages learn English skills while working on curriculum content and focus on reading, writing and speaking. They are withdrawn from their usual class for two or three hours per week.
The students in the 'consolidating' stages are either supported in their own class or withdrawn once a week. The focus is on supporting their academic learning in both English and the other content areas.
The programme is taken by a senior teacher, who is assisted by language assistants all of who have relevant experience and training in this area of English teaching.
Glenfield Intermediate School has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students which is administered by NZQA. Copies of the Code are available from the school, from the Ministry of Education's website or from NZQA website.
Glenfield Intermediate School is Underpinned by a Culture that includes all of the Following: - educators who value working with international students - a shared vision for international education that guides decisions - an inviting, supportive and safe environment - high expectations for every member of the learning community - students and teachers engaged in active learning - an adult advocate for every international student - quality communication and partnerships - welcoming environment for students from all over the world - an appreciation for the diversity that our international students bring
At Glenfield Intermediate School we: - comply with the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students - combine academic subjects with the arts, life skills and outdoor activities - include lots of hands-on activities and various types of technology - have flexible timetables that allow students to remain with one teacher for longer periods of time - incorporate the teaching of literacy as part of the on-going curriculum - teach and encourage students to ask and answer higher level questions and to think for themselves - allow students to show what they know in a variety of different ways, by using multiple intelligences and different learning style - differentiate the curriculum so students can work according to their ability - help students who have special learning needs without totally separating them from other students - foster a sense of student participation and responsibility - prepare students for further learning - have a pastoral care programme where students have direct ongoing contact with an adult to discuss problems and concerns - encourage students to work together and to develop friendships - provide opportunities for involvement in extra curricular activities - provide in-depth ESOL classes - provide a comprehensive reporting package to support the students re-integration into their own education system - provide a comprehensive supportive homestay programme - have a dedicated international team who monitor the students learning and well being
The Structure of the School Year The school year is divided into four terms of approximately nine or ten weeks. At the end of each of the first three terms (February until September), there are two weeks holiday. After the last term (October until December), there are final examinations and a long holiday of at least six weeks. Terms and holiday dates vary each year.
The School Day In each school day there are four blocks. The school day starts at 8.45am and finishes at 3pm.
At Glenfield Intermediate School, a dedicated professional team of staff are committed to the pastoral care and academic learning of each student. We are very aware of the trust placed in us by parents. Glenfield Intermediate School provides a safe environment and regular communication is maintained with parents and agents.
Our aim is to give each student the very best programme tailored to their individual needs.
Opportunities Outside the Classroom In New Zealand there is an emphasis upon a broad education. This includes high quality academic learning as the first priority, with cultural, sporting and social opportunities as other important parts of a school day. New Zealand schools have many opportunities outside the classroom to foster abilities in sporting and cultural spheres to promote fitness and health, and to develop inter-personal skills, such as, trust and learning to work in teams.
Glenfield Intermediate School has excellent fitness facilities such as a gymnasium, music room, playing fields and tennis and netball courts. We have a sports co-ordinator who organises teams for a variety of sports. Cultural pursuits are popular at Glenfield Intermediate School. Students can undertake individual instrumental music tuition through the music school or they can work with other students in groups, such as, bands or dance and drama groups. There is also a strong cultural aspect within the school in the form of traditional Maori and Pasifika music and dance groups.