Ed­u­cat­ing boys with boys

The Press - Zest - - Early Years -

Med­bury School is the only in­de­pen­dent prepara­tory boys’ school in Christchurch, of­fer­ing an ed­u­ca­tion for both day­boys and board­ers from Years 1 to 8.

New en­trants are of­fered a tran­si­tion-to-school pro­gramme, which in­tro­duces many class­room ac­tiv­i­ties that boys will en­counter when they start school. This also en­ables them to move seam­lessly from pre-school to pri­mary school, en­joy­ing a sup­port­ive and nur­tur­ing learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Med­bury of­fers a tra­di­tional ed­u­ca­tion, en­com­pass­ing the Med­bury values of man­ners and re­spect.

While they place a high value on the boys’ lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy skills, they also help them to de­velop per­sonal at­tributes.

In the Ju­nior School, the foun­da­tions are laid for a broad and bal­anced ed­u­ca­tion. Small classes and per­son­alised learn­ing pro­grammes en­sure that ev­ery boy has the sup­port he needs to dis­cover and de­velop his par­tic­u­lar strengths. Head­mas­ter Peter Kay be­lieves that boys need phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, com­pe­ti­tion, reg­u­lar play­times, hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties, clear struc­ture, bound­aries and ex­pec­ta­tions. ‘‘Our pas­sion at Med­bury is to unlock the po­ten­tial of ev­ery boy. It is why we ex­ist – to un­der­stand each boy’s op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges, then per­son­alise an ed­u­ca­tion that brings out the very best he can be,’’ he says.

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