Teaching and Learning at Tauranga Boys'
Tauranga Boys' College is a BYOD school. All students need to bring a device to school. A student-owned internet-capable device is now an important part of a student's toolkit, giving him instant access to unlimited resources and enabling him to support, extend, communicate and share his learning in a way that best prepares him for the future. Your son will experience technology integrated into curriculum delivery via Google Classroom, Education Perfect, etc. Alongside these online platforms, there is still place for books, paper and pen, and you will have noticed a greatly reduced stationery list.
The recommended device is a Chromebook or laptop, however, you may choose another device, provided it can hold its charge for up to six hours, and connect to the internet. It must have the latest version of Google Chrome installed. Phones are not an approved learning device.
Tauranga Boys' College follows the general framework of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC), which specifies eight learning areas: English, the Arts, Health and Physical Education, Languages, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Social Sciences and Technology. The learning associated with each area is part of a broad, general education and lays a foundation for later specialisation.
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Year 11 students (NCEA Level 1) must study English, Mathematics, at least one Science, and three other subjects.
Year 12 & 13 students study six subjects - English and Mathematics are recommended.
Māori Performing Arts
Performing Arts Technology
Whakaari (Bilingual Drama)
Academic English (ESOL)
Intensive English (ESOL)
Te Reo Māori
Statistics & Modelling
Agricultural & Horticultural Science
Building Related Trades
Design & Visual Communication
Hospitality & Catering
University Studies at TBC
Secondary Tertiary Partnership (STP)
University Online Papers
We are committed to preparing our students for the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), a globally recognised qualification.
NCEA is a standards-based qualification combining both internal and external assessments. Students have the opportunity of studying for Levels 1-3 of NCEA, as well as entering for Scholarship Examinations.
Our Senior Curriculum contains detailed information on The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), University Entrance, Scholarship Examinations and Numeracy and Literacy requirements.
Tauranga Boys' College has strong relationships with University of Waikato and offers a range of Level 100 (Stage 1) papers, from these universities as part of our accelerated learning programme.
Students in Year 13 who have already achieved excellent grades at NCEA Level 3 can study Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Statistics, and Philosophy. These subjects are either taught by staff from the college under license from Waikato, or are delivered online.