OUR APPROACH

At MAC, we recognise that every student has unique needs and learning styles. Our learning approach focuses on differentiated teaching and learning so every student can fulfil their potential and achieve success, whatever that looks like for them. We see the wellbeing of our students as a foundation for their engagement in their learning. Our teachers promote trusting relationships with their students and support and guide them on their education journey.

Learning habits

We create conditions for learning that equip our students with the learning habits they need to thrive in an unpredictable and ever-changing world.

Citizenship

human and environmental sustainability in a global context. Tackling real world problems.

Creativity

asking the right inquiry questions to generate new ideas. Taking action to improve lives and make change.

Critical thinking

evaluating information and arguments, and applying and assessing it in the real world.

Communication

knowing when and how to communicate with a range of audiences for a purpose.

Character

proactively change outcomes for themselves and others, being an independent life-long learner.

Collaboration

using interpersonal skills to effectively learn from and work with others. Understanding each other’s strengths and perspectives.

Leaver profile

We want every MAC graduate to leave our school equipped with the skills and self-knowledge they need to contribute to the common good and flourish in a complex world. 

Mastery

Attitude

Citizenship

being able to master the skills and capabilities needed to be able to strive for one’s personal best. Using knowledge and skills to problem-solve, create, and innovate.

having respect and confidence in myself and others, and having a sense of purpose. Knowing myself, acting with integrity, and making the most of opportunities.

celebrating diversity, being inclusive, and having the courage to do the right thing at the right time. Being connected to your community.

Junior years

To support the smooth transition of students into secondary school, our Year 7 and 8 students are taught mainly in a ‘homeroom’ situation where one teacher delivers the learning areas of Mathematics, English, Science and Social Sciences. Students also try a range of other subjects including Visual Art, Drama, Music, Computing and Electronics, Materials Technology, Spatial and Product Design, Spanish, Te Reo Māori, Food and Nutrition, and Physical Education and Health and Food and Nutrition. In Year 9, student integration continues with some cross-curricular delivery of subjects, and in Year 10, students can select a number of subjects based on their interests and future study and employment goals.

Senior years

In Years 11, 12 and 13, our students focus on NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 as they prepare for their future study and/or career paths. We also offer vocational education and training courses that give our students access to a range of pathways offering practical skills and training to prepare them for employment or tertiary study. Students can also do correspondence courses to widen their subject choices and students who are developmentally ready can access tertiary-level courses. Students who are scholarship candidates are supported within the college by their teachers and deans.

NCEA achievement

Our school’s results are consistently well above the national average. 

  • In 2021, 89 percent of MAC students passed NCEA level one, compared to 73 percent of decile 8-10 schools. Nationally, 68 percent of students passed NCEA level one. 
  • At level two, 90 percent of MAC students passed, which was seven percent above the average for decile 8-10 schools and well above the national average of 75 percent. 
  • At the third and final level, 88 percent of MAC students passed. This compares with 79 percent for decile 8-10 schools and a national average of 68 percent.