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Freyberg High School

School Introduction

Freyberg High School was opened in 1955 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. The school was named after the leader of New Zealand’s World War II armed forces, Lieutenant General Bernard Freyberg. Till now, Freyberg High School is the largest co-educational state school in Palmerston North, with over 1400 students including many international students. It has a dedicated team of international staff who help students in every aspect of their stay here. The school has developed a reputation for “innovation, caring for students and excellence”. It welcomes you to join us for a world class educational experience here at Freyberg High School, where you will have many opportunities!

With fantastic students, an outstanding teaching staff, a wide range of subjects on offer and excellent facilities, Freyberg High School has all the ingredients for enabling academic success. Its retention rates to Year 13 have grown steadily over the years from 52.9% in 2008 to over 90%. This increase in retention makes the continued increase in students gaining NCEA endorsed with Merit and Excellence significant. Close to 50% of all students gaining NCEA do so with a Merit or Excellence endorsement.

School Curriculum

Junior School Curriculum

Students in Years 9 and 10 take English, Social Studies, Information Technology, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and Health Studies and choose either 4 (Year 9) or 2 (Year 10) options from a range of other subjects.

Senior School Curriculum

Senior students have a much wider choice of 5 or 6 subjects from a set of 35 options offered in the senior school. The options cover:

Languages: Spanish, Japanese, English, Maori and ESOL.

Sciences: Mathematics (Calculas and Statistics), Biology, Chemistry, Physics.

Humanities: Social Sciences, Tourism, Geography, History and Classical Studies.

Health: Physical Education, Health Studies, Sport and Recreation.

Arts: Music, Dance, Drama, Art, Design, Painting, Art History and Photography.

Practical Subjects: Food & Nutrition, Computer Science, Graphics and Hard Materials Technology.

Commerce: Text Information Management, Economics and Business Studies.

New Zealand Qualifications

Senior Students undertake a mixture of “Internal” assessments throughout the year and “External” Examinations at the end of the year all for a set number of credits. By international agreement, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority ensures that New Zealand qualifications are transferable to the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and Canada.

Sporting Opportunities

The school has sports teams in over 20 different summer sports and winter sports such as Athletics, Badminton, Basketball.

Field Trips

Students have opportunities to participate in several field trips which take them to places such as Waitomo Caves (Rock climbing and caving), and Tongariro trip (tramping, plant and land-form studies, and skiing).

School Facilities

Freyberg has a specialist ESOL centre for students from non-English speaking backgrounds. Generally these students spend as much or as little time with their English-language tutor each week as needed.

Other facilities include:

8 Computer laboratories and 350 computers throughout the school.

60+ modern classrooms – all linked to the Internet.

3 Art Rooms, Design room and Photography suite.

9 Science Laboratories.

2 Gymnasia and a Weights Room with weight training facilities.

A covered heated swimming pool on site. (Freyberg Community Pool)

A Music Suite consisting of 3 classrooms, a rehearsal room, 5 practice rooms and a recording studio.

A fully equipped Drama Room and Dance Studios.

A recently refurbished and well-equipped Library.

School Location

Freyberg High School, Freyberg Street, Palmerston North 4414, New Zealand