But as the Sunday Star Times revealed in the weekend it has more strings to it’s bow than a golfer who has only lived in New Zealand for nine years.
Their stats for similarly graded schools are impressive:
- Some years pass when none of the 952 students are ever sent home for misbehaving
- 50.4% of RBHS students passed Level 3 NCEA compared to 37.4% at decile four schools nationally
- Nationally 1 in 4 students skipped an NCEA exam – at RBHS it is 1 in 7
They have a fulltime director of leadership. Every Year 9 boy spends two hours a week learning leadership skills. They learn team building and explore integrity and honour.
Principal Chris Grinter runs the decile four school like a business, where every student is treated like an employee – they use a rigorous seven step process for discipline of students.
Like any good business they have succession strategies in place to replace staff. The replacements come from current students. If a student is recognised as having the right skills to teach and lead then they are followed throughout their tertiary education and then shoulder-tapped to come back.
The results speak for themselves.