Villa Education Trust

June 2016

Villa Education Trust

The Villa Education Trust (VET), a registered charity, was formed in 2002 with the aim of providing the very best possible education for middle school aged children (NZ school years 7-10) by combining the positive aspects of current schooling with outstanding teaching/learning techniques, an improved curriculum model, an innovative day structure and a personal and supportive learning environment. In 2003 the Trust opened Mt Hobson Middle School, its private, boutique style school in the Auckland suburb of Newmarket. With 12 students per class, affordable fees and a maximum roll of 48, places continue to be in demand for both domestic and international enrollments. This year the school added the Villa NCEA Academy (VNA) offering NCEA levels 1-3 for up to 12 students - this will grow to 24 in 2017.

At the beginning of 2014, the VET opened South Auckland Middle School (SAMS), in Manurewa, having received permission from the Ministry of Education to operate a partnership (charter) school for priority learners. The school has a maximum roll of 180 students with a waiting list in place for both this year and next. As a partnership (charter school) SAMS is unable to accept enrollments from international students, however, the campus can be used for holiday courses and is able to welcome international students visiting for less than 2 weeks.

The Trust opened a second partnership (charter) school in 2015 across two sites in Henderson and Glendene (West Auckland). Middle School West Auckland (MSWA) has a maximum roll of 180 across both sites, one of which is a bilingual Te Reo unit.

International Students at Mt Hobson Middle School

As the year has unfolded the presence of international students at Mt Hobson Middle School has grown - with four more due to join us in terms 3 and 4.

Three international students are currently enjoying the niche educational provision, benefiting from the small class sizes in the boutique style school.

We are now accepting enrollments for the 2017 academic year. Places are limited to ensure class sizes remain no larger than 12 students per year group. Each child receives an individualised learning programme which is regularly reviewed and updated. I.T is included and available on site.

During Term 3, the Trust is looking forward to welcoming two groups of international middle years students. During their stay they will complete both ESOL classes and participate in the standard school timetable. The visitors will be home-stayed during their trip to ensure they experience the true Kiwi lifestyle. E-mail exchanges between students here in Auckland and those preparing for there visit in Hong King have already commenced. As a Trust we are able to design packages to suit various groups of both students and parents, ranging in duration and cost. Trips to local tourist attractions can be arranged along with professional sports coaching and music tuition. Specific learning styles and needs can also be catered for. Various accommodation options are available - contact Bruce Knox, International Manager, for further details and to discuss your requirements.

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Please make contact with me

If you have a student or group of students/parents who would like to enjoy the benefits of studying abroad, on a short or long term basis, then please contact me - I am happy to liaise via phone, Skype or e-mail. Skype name: bruceimateremote


Dr.Bruce H Knox

International Manager