A Chinese family moved from Auckland to Tauranga to enrol their two children at ACG Tauranga, the only school in the Bay of Plenty offering the Cambridge curriculum from Year 1.
The school is welcoming the families of the rising numbers of newcomers attracted by the region’s growth prospects, as well as local parents looking for a private school option without sending their children away to a boarding school.
Rui and Han Shi now live locally at Pyes Pa in Tauranga with their children Zhan Shi (Kevin), 14, and Ya Yun Shi (Sunny), 7. Both children are attending ACG Tauranga, the city’s first independent school for Years 1-13.
Kevin is in Year 10. He is studying a range of subjects including Art, PE and Spanish, but says his favourite subject is Science, “because it’s fun and interesting.” Unlike many schools, ACG Tauranga offers specialised Science classes from Year 3, allowing students into science labs to experience hands-on learning and real scientific experiments from a young age.
The broad range of subjects on offer and depth of learning he experiences under the Cambridge curriculum will stand Kevin in good stead for when he has finished his schooling.
Right now he says he hopes to go on to university to study Engineering, specialising in aircraft design.
Kevin says his favourite thing about ACG Tauranga is the class sizes and the fact that the school isn’t too big. And life in Tauranga is “more calming” than it was in Auckland.
Kevin also plays Futsal every week, a popular version of Football that’s growing in popularity in the Bay of Plenty. The school is currently building a state-of-the-art gymnasium where Futsal and a range of other sports will be played – both at school and community level – so Kevin and his friends will have access to even more sporting opportunities later this year.