Cambridge International Curriculum



Manukau Christian School is an independent private school, not to be confused with a state-integrated or a state school.  Therefore, as a private school we are able to implement our Christian curriculum in conjunction with Cambridge Assessment International Education.  This gives your child an internationally recognised benchmark at Primary, Middle and Senior levels.  Cambridge International Examinations have been adopted by an increasing number of secondary schools in New Zealand. 

The Cambridge curriculum is adapted to our New Zealand context and content. This means that your child will be well equipped to excel at all levels and in particular gain excellent preparation for tertiary education.  
A leaflet for parents and students explaining the benefits of a Cambridge education is available by accessing the following link:


Cambridge Qualifications

Years 1 to 6:  Cambridge Primary Checkpoint
Course work through primary years culminates in the Cambridge Primary Checkpoint exam at the end of Year 6 in Maths and English.  The results of these exams enable our teachers to pinpoint students' strengths and weaknesses for the next year levels.

Years 7 to 9:  Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint
At the end of Year 9, students may sit the Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint examination in Maths, Science and English. 

Years 10 and 11:  Cambridge IGCSE

These examinations and qualifications are well known and recognised in the international education arena.  This is a two year programme spanning Years 10 and 11. Students are given a broad based foundation from which they can specialise in Year 12 and Year 13. 

Years 12 and 13:  Cambridge International A Levels

Entrance into university is attainable through achievement of Cambridge International A levels.    A full A level qualification takes two years and is comprised of AS and A2 level courses.  AS courses are generally studied in Year 12 and A2 courses are generally studied in Year 13.

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  Our school average has consistently been
in the  "Excellence" range in both
English and Science Checkpoint Exams.

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Cambridge and your child

Each child is unique and courses are designed to be responsive to each child's individual needs.  The individual focus upon each child, however, takes place within the context of a comprehensive integrated curriculum.   Each year presupposes and builds upon the knowledge gained in the preceding year.

The curriculum is well-structured and focuses on core subjects which provide essential tools for learning across disciplines. Our belief is that we are responsible to impart a foundation and framework to children that will enable them to keep growing and learning for the rest of their lives. Therefore, we focus particularly upon the core subject areas which are essential to all other learning. The most important core areas of learning are subjects related to language and numbers.

It is important that children start early in order to build a quality foundation  for learning. 

There is strong and growing interest for students at senior levels to qualify under the internationally recognised Cambridge International Examination system.

In order to do well at Cambridge exams in later school years it is essential that a robust educational and scholastic foundation is laid in the early years.  By harnessing the Cambridge curriculum and by using the Cambridge Checkpoint system at primary levels, we are able to offer a comprehensive preparatory education for pupils to excel at Cambridge International Examinations.

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