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New Zealand Education System

New Zealand’s education system is first class and its secondary school NCEA qualifications are recognised by universities around the world. For seconday school, Medbury students choose to study at either Christ's College or St Andrew's College, and Medbury has close ties with both of these private schools.

  • Medbury School is a full primary school, for boys in Years 1 - 8.
  • Medbury School follows the New Zealand Curriculum but, because it is an independent school, it is able to adapt programmes to suit student needs.
  • The New Zealand school year is divided into four terms, beginning at the end of January and finishing early/mid December.
  • Medbury has a three week break at the end of Term 1 and Term 3, and a two week break at the end of Term 2.
  • For more information on the New Zealand curriculum, please click here to visit the New Zealand Curriculum website.
  • For more information on the New Zealand Education system, please click here to visit the Ministry of Education website..

New Zealand Year Level USA & Australian Grade Level equivalent Native Speaker Ages
Primary School (Years 1 - 6) Kindergarten - 5th Grade 5 - 10 years
Intermediate School (Years 7 - 8) 6th - 7th Grade
11 - 12 years
Secondary School (Years 9 - 13) 8th - 12th Grade
13 - 17 years
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