Support & Extension

Extension Programmes



Mathex is an extension programme in maths that is offered to Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 students. Groups of students who require extension and added challenge in Maths are identified. These extension classes occur once a week and are taught by the Deputy Principal and SENCO.


Writers Quiz

The Writers Quiz is a local inter-school reading competition. There are usually around 32 teams representing 16 different schools. Students who are chosen to represent Cockle Bay School need to read and remember details from a set list of 15 books. They start their reading in March and the quiz takes place in June. Our students normally perform very well, one of our teams was placed 2nd in 2018.


Dance and Drama

Cockle Bay School is very lucky to be able to offer extension groups for both Dance and Drama.  These talented children are selected for events such as school wide productions and the Howick and Pakuranga Dance Festival.  

Support Programmes


RTLB Programmes

The Ministry of Education funds a range of intervention programmes. Students are referred to these services when support for learning or behaviour is needed.

  • Speech Language Therapy

    Speech Language Therapy involves the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of a person’s speech, language, cognition, voice, eating, drinking or swallowing.  If you have any concerns please talk with your childs teacher or Rochelle Stansfield - SENCO.

  • Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy

    If you have concerns about your childs’  motor skills development (gross and fine motor, clumsiness, difficulty with buttons, laces, and so on) please share your concerns with your childs’ class teacher or Rochelle Stansfield - SENCO. A follow-up and referral can be made to our Ministry provider.

  • Grief Counselling

    Grief counselling is available to students who have sustained a loss (death of a loved one, moved from another country, separation of parents, and so on).  The Seasons for Growth programme is recommended for our students.

  • Reading Recovery

    Reading Recovery is for six year olds who are identified by a diagnostic survey as under-achieving in reading and writing.
    These children take part in a daily individual tutoring programme to enable them to cope in the normal classroom situation at a comparative level with their peers.

  • Quick 60

    Quick 60 is a support reading programme that is offered to students who need a boost in reading. Students will be working with Learning Support Assistants on one-to-one reading supported with text discussions and follow-up activities. This is an intervention that is organised by the SENCO.