During a student's progress through the College, his Tutor, Form teacher and subject teachers will talk to him about courses and advise him on his selection. It is important that if parents have concerns relating to course options that they first consult their son's Academic Tutor. The crucial stage in course selection is at the end of Year 10 when students select a course for Year 11. It is essential that the course chosen meets the needs at Year 12 and Year 13 or leads to the type of employment the student wishes to seek on leaving College.
Year 9 (Form 3) Particular care is taken to gather as much information as possible about the background of new entrants from contributing schools. Students are placed in courses best suited to their ability. All students take English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Technology, Music, & Art . Technology includes materials, structures, electronics, process and information technologies. In addition, students choose four one term options, information regarding these choices can be collected from the College.
In the junior school there are a range of learning programmes. Hese are aimed at encouraging and developing potential and a love of learning.
A). Two extension classes follow an enriched programme. Entry into this programme is based on our entrance testing and on interviewswith contributing schools. Continued placement in this programme is dependent on results.
B). The mainstream programme, which is the majority of our students bands students according to strengths or weaknesses in English and Mathematics. This streaming allows teachers to teach at the appropriate level.
C). A Year 9-10 Inquiry Learning Class is also offered. Entry is by application only. More information on this can be sourced at the College.
D. A Year 9-10 Aronui class is offered for those students with a particular background or interest in Te Reo Maori and Tikanga.
E). Two Learning Needs classes have a curriculum best suited to their needs. The Special Needs class has a curriculum suited to their abilities along with remedial work and one to one tuition in reading and other special programmes.
The courses are designed so that students showing industry, ability and application are able to move into higher banded classes. If you have any enquiries, contact the Year 9 Academic Tutor.
Year 10 (Form 4) All students take English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education and Technology. They choose two half year, information regarding these choices can be collected from the College. Again similar learning programmes are offered as in Year 9.
The two clasess of accelerated students will study at NCEA Level 1 in Mathematics and Science; one of these classes will also study NCEA Level 1 History, while the other will also study NCEA Geography. The other subjects for these classes are as above. If you have any enquiries, contact the Year 10 Academic Tutor.
Year 11 (Form 5)
All students take English, Mathematics, and 3 or 4 options. The accelerated classes take English (NCEA Level 1) Mathematics (NCEA Level 2) and 4 options. One class will study a six subject NCEA Level 1 course while most students will choose up to five Level 1 subjects.
Two term modular courses and industry training courses (T3’s), are also offered. If you have any enquiries, contact the Year 11 Academic Tutor, or consult the Senior Curriculum Handbook on this website.
Year 12 (Form 6)
All students study five subjects, and do a combination of one 3-period or 3 one-period modules. The accelerate class study a mix of six NCEA Level 2 and 3 subjects.
If you have any enquiries, contact the Year 12 Academic Tutor or consult the Senior Curriculum Handbook on this website.
Year 13 (Form 7)
All students study five subjects, but the number of subjects at NCEA Level 3 will be determined by their academic history and the qualification they are seeking. Students may study Level 3 subjects in which they have met the entry requirements, otherwise they are encouraged to either repeat individual Level 2 subjects, or pick up new subjects at Level 2.
University papers are available for students from the accelerated classes if specific criteria are met. These classes also work towards New Zealand Scholarship. If you have any enquiries, contact the Year 13 Academic Tutor, or consult the Senior Curriculum Handbook on this website.