Wellesley College

Days Bay

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Body, Mind and Spirit
Wellesley was founded in 1914 and is an Independent Day School for boys with 340 students in Wellington; Years 1 to 8. Wellesley is an Anglican Diocesan School. Set between the bush and the sea in beautiful Days Bay, Wellesley is blessed with a unique environment supported by ‘state of the art' facilities. Wellesley provides a caring and stimulating environment where the individual learning needs of boys are understood and met. Our strength also lies in our ability to build on what we have, to embrace the new, to encourage fresh thinking, to support the individual and to keep our minds open to new ideas and opportunities ahead. The openness, integrity and enthusiasm for learning we expect of our students, we also expect of ourselves. The talented and dedicated members of staff are passionate about their work. Ongoing professional development is imbedded in Wellesley's culture to ensure 'best practice' teaching methodologies are employed.

'Personal best' achievement is the focus and our boys consistently achieve above the national norms. The very positive relationship between the staff and the boys is a feature.

Our highly experienced staff (including seven specialist resource teachers, a librarian and four teacher support staff) offers a range of ongoing and in-depth learning programmes to inspire your son's intellectual curiosity.

The boys have their own classroom teacher for most subjects, with resource teachers supporting classes in English, Maths, Science, Thinking Skills, Information and Communications Technology, Library, Visual and Performing Arts, Health and Physical Education, and Sport and Outdoor Education.

At Wellesley, we believe the curriculum needs to engage the learner in a way that moves away from procedural and rote learning into higher levels of thinking. Our teaching and learning programmes are guided by the New Zealand Curriculum which places the learner at the centre of the learning process and provides a structure to build dynamic learning programmes.

Thinking and creativity are skills that can be taught and learnt. The changes our children will inevitably encounter in their lives will give these skills the same currency as the traditional core skills of numeracy and literacy.

Our strong Information Technology infrastructure and programmes ensures the digital world is seamlessly integrated throughout the curriculum. Teachers work with boys at all levels of ability, tailoring their education to their needs and interests. In addition we have active Learning Support and GATE (Gifted and Talented) programmes.

Our holistic interactive-inquiry model of learning ensures that the boys we teach gain the skills they need for lifelong learning within the global context. Positive feedback from the colleges they attend after they move on from Wellesley demonstrates that the boys are well set up for success in the secondary environment.

Key features of Wellesley's holistic and life-long learning culture include the development of:

·        Self Esteem/Confidence

·        Communication skills including public speaking

·        Emotional Intelligence (strong interpersonal skills)

·        Self-Discipline/Management

·        Creativity/Innovation/Thinking

·        Work and Study skills

Education is a gift for life. 2012