Amana Christian School principal Liz Bishop with pupils (from left) Harry Granger (12), Tim Elisara (15), Lauchlan Donaldson (13), Chris Smith (11) and Oliver Granger (15), who can now potentially complete their secondary education at the school. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Another secondary school has been opened in Mosgiel after the
Ministry of Education granted provisional registration for
the Amana Christian School to expand its education programme.
The education facility has a primary school (years 1 to 8),
which was established in 2001, and an early learning centre,
which was opened four years ago.
Amana Christian School founder and board of trustees chairman
Ron King said the school was now permitted to teach pupils
from years 9-13, and the school had already enrolled six
pupils in the new senior school.
The school has 29 pupils at present, but has the potential to
take up to 100. Mr King said the Christian school movement
was growing, with an increasing number of parents making the
choice to encourage their children to lay strong spiritual
foundations in life.
''Amana Christian School is still in its infancy, but the
trend is for demand to escalate.
''Two large schools that show this are Bethlehem College in
Tauranga and Middleton Grange School in Christchurch. Waiting
lists are long.''
The expansion into secondary education had come following
several years of planning, and was driven by parents of
pupils at the school who were keen to extend their schooling
with strong Christian character.
Mr King believed about 60% of pupils from the Taieri area
travelled to Dunedin for secondary education, and he hoped
the new college would provide another opportunity for pupils
from the area to gain a quality, internationally-recognised
education closer to home.
''This extension into college enables a student to complete
his or her whole education without the trauma of too many
''Preschool children enrolled at the Amana Christian Early
Learning Centre can progress through Amana Christian School,
enjoying the benefits of smaller classes and the family
atmosphere of being educated with siblings.''
Pupils would be taught using the accelerated Christian
education (ACE) curriculum.
''The ACE curriculum, with its very high academic standards,
is already in use for senior students. This will be extended
to year 13.
''Students in this course are credited with year 11, year 12
and year 13 certificates that are recognised in 147
''The year 13 honours certificate, with students achieving an
average of 90% or higher in all subjects, is at a level of
the top Cambridge qualification and gives entrance to all
universities throughout New Zealand.''
To aid the school's expansion, Liz Bishop has been appointed
as the school's new principal, Mr King said.
''She has a wide experience as head of departments in three
secondary schools, training in teenage counselling and has
latterly been working as a schools' adviser.''
Under the provisional registration, the school will be
permitted to teach secondary pupils until January next year,
but it was hoped the ministry would approve a continuation of
the expanded education programme.