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Update MAY 2018

The Villa Education Trust is delighted that Vanguard School have been able to announce a transition to a Designated Character School Model.

The decision to announce the formal closure of the other schools before we have been able to have our Designated Character School applications processed is a stressful in the extreme for our students/families/staff. The Ombudsman took the Ministry apart last year for their Christchurch processes - seems they either learnt nothing or don't care.

We are also concerned that these closures are being announced while the select committee considering the Education Amendment Act is still in process. 

​In his release today the Minister made the statement that:

 “I am considering additional measures to support charter schools to make a successful transition into the state system, and details are currently being worked through.” ​(

 ​We are very concerned about the accuracy of this comment because on April 11 the Ministry of Education communicated by letter with VET (shared with our trusted advisors) that Mr Hipkins would consider no legislative changes that would allow for:

- continuance of ownership/governance.

- any bulk funding mechanism.

- or our staff being able to remain outside of the collective contract.

 There are two things to note on this - one is that the submissions to the select committee had not even closed at that point - making a mockery of that Parliamentary process. And secondly - we are unsure what "additional measures" are being considered given that the Minister has already ruled out any legislative changes for Designated Character Schools that would better facilitate our model. 

​The Villa Education Trust believes that education having an open mind and being fully informed are incredibly important. In keeping with that - and a fully fair process - we have invited the Education and Work Select Committee to hold their Auckland hearings at South Auckland Middle School.​

​ We are awaiting a response.​


FROM 2017

Villa Education Trust and Matthew Syed, present 'Black Box Thinking in Education - Achieving a Growth Mindset'.combined advert4

Join Villa Education Trust, working with Matthew Syed, for two sessions with international accredited consultant Rob Carpenter (from the UK), presenting Matthew's 'Mindset for Education' and 21C Skills Lab founders Justine Munro and Faye Langdon discussing 'Tomorrows skills for today's students.'  These two events are part of a celebration of 15 years of Villa Education Trust.  We are delighted to be working with 'Matthew Syed Speaking' to make these events happen.  Matthew Syed is the bestselling international author of 'Bounce' and 'Black Box Thinking' and is one of the world's most influential thinkers in the field of high performance and cultural change.  Matthew has worked with some of the world's largest organisations to help build a mindset of continuous improvement.  'Mindset for Education' was created by Matthew and is delivered by his accredited consultant Rob Carpenter, who has over 20 years leadership experience in education.  Rob has supported schools in challenging circumstances including those in special measures.  Rob is passionate about school-to-school support and has developed a range of tools to strengthen the leadership of teaching and learning.  This interactive session will cover what Growth Mindset is, why it is important and the evidence that supports it.  It will give you the tools to build resilience in students and staff to enable them to face challenge in a complex world.

Joining Rob is 21C Skills Lab founders Justine Munro and Faye Langdon to talk about the key skills needed to succeed in a rapidly changing world and give an insight into how they aim to ensure every young New Zealander has the knowledge and skills to succeed in tomorrow's world of work and to navigate a lifelong journey of learning and earning.  21C Skills Lab works in partnership with business, government, schools and parents to ensure that the skills we are teaching young New Zealanders are the skills the 21st century needs.  21C Skills Lab helps students and teachers to understand what these skills are, how to develop them and how to use them to set themselves up for a successful 21C career.

Join us in Wellington, on November 9th, at Macs Function Centre, from 6pm.  Tickets and further information available on Eventfinda -

Join us in Auckland, in partnership with Ormiston Junior College, on Saturday, November 11th, from 10am (doors open at 9.30am for a mini education expo and refreshments), at Ormiston Junior College, 285 Ormiston Road, Flat Bush, Auckland.  Tickets and further information available on Eventfinda -


  • The VET Approach - Sunday Star Times, October 30th 2016:  Trust Statement Poster 1


    This is the philosophy behind every Villa Education Trust (VET) school.

    The registered Charitable Trust operates threemiddle schools in Auckland (two Charter and one private). It aims is to provide outstanding education for all students, irrespective of background or individual needs, by combining the positive aspects of NZ schooling with outstanding teaching techniques, an improved curriculum model, an innovative day structure and a supportive learning environment.  Each school uses an Integrated Project Based Curriculum and has a strong academic focus to maximise learning and development. 

    Mt Hobson MiddleSchool(MHMS) in Remuera is a boutique style private school with a maximum roll of 48 and class sizes restricted to 12.  It aims to keep its costs low (one of the lowest in Auckland) to be affordable to those that need it most.  It ensures success for students of all abilities. Limited places are available. 

    South Auckland Middle School (SAMS) is located in Manurewa.  It is a Decile 1 school catering for predominantly Maori and Pacifica children.  Uniform, stationery, and field trips are provided and no donations are asked. Class sizes are kept to a maximum of 15 with a full roll of 180 students.  The roll is currently full with waiting lists in place.

    Middle School West Auckland (MSWA) is located across two sites in Henderson.  It includes a TeReo bilingual unit.  Over 80 percent of those enrolled are Maori and Pasifika.  Uniform, stationery, field trips are provided and no donations are asked.  Due to an increase in the roll places are available for 2017.

    In addition, the Villa NCEA Academy (VNA), for Years 11-13, is available at MHMS, providing a different approach for children in these crucial school years.  Students attend the academy between 1-6pm. Places are available for 2017.

    The VET aims to ensure students attending its schools have access to the same opportunities as kids from wealthier areas/backgrounds.  Students are encouraged to aim high.



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