School Programmes

Upane – Transition to School

Four and a half (4.5) year olds are welcome to attend a Wednesday afternoon session held in one of the school classrooms. The programme includes early literacy and numeracy and the routines expected when children begin school for the first time. The programme runs from 1.30-2.45pm. Parents may enrol their children for this programme at the school office. A parent/caregivers booklet is available. 


Montessori at Malfroy School has a class where the programme is based on the philosophy and methodology of Dr Maria Montessori.
Learning is child-centred and child-directed, based on the child’s interests and needs. The class caters for students from 5-12 years old. To observe either of these classrooms, please contact the Rotorua Montessori Trust through They will answer any questions you may have and arrange an appointment to observe the classes.
You can learn more about Montessori education, especially in New Zealand on the website at



Toi te kupu, Toi te mana, Toi te whenua, Ko te reo rangatira e kōiri atu nei

Te reo Māori is indigenous to Aotearoa.  It is a taonga recognised under the Treaty of Waitangi, a primary source of our nations self-knowledge and identity, and an official language. By understanding and using te reo Māori, we become more aware of the role played by the indigenous language and culture in defining and asserting our point of difference to the wider world.

By learning te reo and becoming increasingly familiar with tikanga, our students are able to strengthen their identities and cultural understandings. Understanding reo Māori stretches our learners cognitively, enabling them to think in different ways, preparing them to become our future leaders.

Malfroy School currently has two rumaki classes. We have a junior rumaki class and middle, senior rumaki class. Our Malfroy School values are incorporated into our classroom programme and we offer a safe, learning, stimulating environment.



Two teacher aides are employed for 20 hours per week to support the literacy of students who have not yet reached the benchmark for their year. Currently, this is a partnership between Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust and Malfroy School. Students receive tuition in groups of two in spelling, reading and writing. The programme runs for 20 weeks and for 30 minutes four days a week. 

Education out of the Classroom [EOTC]

EOTC provides opportunities for our students to learn, play, adventure, explore, enquire and discover in both structured and unstructured ways that bring the curriculum into their lives in a very meaningful way.

For our junior students, these are usually day trips in and about our local region. Our students in Year 3-6 have the opportunity for both day visits and also have the opportunity to stay overnight (1-3 nights) either locally or a little further afield. Parents/caregivers will be advised well in advance of any trip that is planned for their child’s class and signed parent consent is required before any child can be taken on a school excursion.



The Malfroy School Ambassadors are a team of students given leadership opportunities at Year 6. They are nominated by staff and peers and have an entry interview.  The Ambassadors are involved in meeting and greeting visitors, helping with junior and middle school classes when required, assisting in the playground at lunchtimes, and representing the school when student representation is required.