When experienced teacher Bridget Platt and her young family moved to Pukekohe from Kohimarama a few years ago, they were already familiar with ACG Strathallan from their daily drive past.
“We noticed the big, beautiful school across the water,” Bridget said. “It had a wow factor.”
Attracted by the school’s simple values of pride, respect and integrity, and with a firm belief in the importance of education, they knew immediately they wanted to send their son Charlie there.
“We loved the values that the school holds and from our first visit, we were welcomed by office staff, teachers and other parents, with an amazing sense of belonging.”
Small class sizes, a like-minded parent community wanting the best for their children, and a positive, welcoming feel to the school reinforced their decision.
The family now has Charlie, aged 5, in Year 1, and Evelyn, aged 1, in the preschool.
The children have developed so much in just a year, Bridget says.
“Evelyn loves her teachers in the infant centre. It’s a great feeling knowing I am leaving her with people who genuinely care and love her just like we do. At one stage Charlie was quite an anxious child, but he has made incredible progress. He is confident, resilient, kind and caring. I don’t know if we would have had that in another school with big class numbers.”
Since 2017, Bridget has also been a Year 3 teacher at the school. With 14 years’ teaching experience, she says she still finds it amazing working alongside such a talented team of educators. And, as a teacher and parent, the Cambridge curriculum was a huge selling point.
“I love it. It is structured so you can measure progress easily and any gaps are recognised quickly. Children are academics, they develop a love of learning and a passion for success.”
A year on, the family are thrilled with the school and proud of their children’s progress.
“Education is so important, and we’re proud to have them attend Strathallan.”