Fernside School Today 2017
Fernside School is a Full Primary School located 4 kms to the West of Rangiora and 25-30 kms northeast of Christchurch. The school has an approximate roll of 300 pupils.. There are twelve classrooms with multi-level teaching in all rooms. Fernside School is a Decile 10 school.
The school has a friendly and welcoming environment. Students mix well with each other and have good relationships with their teachers. The senior students actively care for the junior students of the school.
There is an active Peer mediation programme in place, an enthusiastic school council and two senior classes of Year 7/8 students who take on important responsibilities within the school.
The school has an effective behaviour management programme that deals consistently and fairly with the small number of incidents which occur at the school
Fernside School has a proven record of strong academic performance. Children's achievement levels are high, particularly in numeracy. Feedback from all high school's supports this.
Results of standardised tests are above national averages. The school's impressive performance is due to well constructed teaching programmes, experienced staff and great parental support, especially from a committed BOT and PTA. School programmes are well resourced, and the school is well funded to meet the learning needs of students.
Fernside School has been known for it's high levels of student performance in core curriculum. In all curriculum areas Fernside Students continue to achieve. There has been a strong focus on oral language and all children are able to speak confidently in public. We have an active debating programme in the senior school and a focus on the school speech and poetry competition.
Students are positive about learning and enthusiastically embrace all areas of the curriculum. They are involved in a regular sports interchange, regular school arts performances and a school wide music programme.