Macleans College is situated in one corner of Macleans Park – a huge expanse of green lawn (about one square kilometre) flowing down to the sea. The school is in the white shape in the bottom left hand corner of the map.
The glorious view is visible from some of the classrooms of the school and I wonder how the science teacher’s sulphuric experiments can compete with this vista. I took the snaps this afternoon while waiting to fetch Jules.
The building in the extreme left hand corner is the start of the school – it is a classroom. Below you can see the rest of the college buildings with the park in the foreground. Ideally the two pics should bee seen in panorama.
Jules is in Upham House. The school uses the houses (or whanau) in the same way as Oxford and Cambridge uses colleges. They are more than ceremonial associations around sports days, the students spend most of their time in their house. It is a way of making the huge school (2,500 kids in total) more personal and manageable. There are eight houses each with about 300 kids. These are again broken down into years, so each house has only two grade X classes (they use “years”, not “grades”). The two classes of 30 stay in one place and the teachers travel to the various houses for lessons.
There is also a house common room for recreation and everyone eats lunch together in these common rooms.
Uniforms are very simple and casual, with open leather sandals being worn in summer and black lace-ups in winter. The children generally look neat in blue.