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The Curriculum

High educational achievement is encouraged at all year levels in the Middle School. We purposefully keep class numbers smaller to enable our dedicated, highly skilled teachers to closely monitor students’ progress, provide optimum teaching and learning support, and extend their abilities.

Year 9 students are tested in a nationally moderated assessment that serves as a benchmark against which students, teachers and families can measure progress. Students are well prepared for the NCEA assessments, which commence in Year 11. With pass rates for all NCEA levels well above the national average, our preparation and programmes are well proven.

The major aims for learning in the Middle School are:

  • to give students a sound grounding in the core subjects;
  • to give students the opportunity to explore and experience a wide range of other curriculum areas with specialist teachers;
  • to give students a sound preparation in the subjects they are studying for external awards and qualifications.

Years 9 and 10

The curriculum is structured so that students experience a wide range of subjects, core and options, through a wide range of learning situations and experiences over these two years. It is important that students do not specialise in particular subject areas at this level. Gaining a broad experience is one of our key principles.

Year 11

While this year is the first year of study for external qualifications, courses at this level should also be broad-based so that students have a number of different options in the future. Students will start to specialise more in Year 12 and this will be continued with greater depth in final year studies.  For further NCEA information, please click here.

Ways to help you learn – be sure to:

  1. Set yourself both short-term and long-term goals. A Year 11 student might set NCEA Level 1 as a long-term goal and making the First XI as a short-term goal.
  2. Each week, plan your time after school so that all aspects such as homework, sports and social life can be fitted in. Make sure you prioritise so that the important things get done.
  3. Take good notes in class and try to personalise them.
  4. Participate in each lesson.
  5. Keep up with your homework. If there are any concerns, seek help from your teacher or other support people like fellow students, your tutor or the Dean. Use your homework time to review what you have been studying – this is a particularly good thing to do in those times when you don’t actually have any homework.
  6. Have a wall planner at home and enter all assessments, tests and projects for each term. Take internal assessment seriously. Internal assessment is the ‘real thing’. It provides results that stay on your Record of Achievement. Make sure you know precisely what is required for an assessment and, if possible, practise using samples from the NZQA website.
  7. Know what is required to gain an NCEA Level qualification.

YEAR 9

YEAR 10

YEAR 11 - NCEA LEVEL 1

Compulsory Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Religious Education
  • Music

Compulsory Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Religious Education
  • Te Waka

Compulsory Subjects

  • English/English Literature
  • Mathematics/General Mathematics
  • Science/Practical Science
  • Physical Education/Health
 

Option Subjects

  • Agriscience
  • Art
  • ESOL
  • ACEE
  • Ballet Academy
  • Elite Sport Studies
  • Design and Visual Communication
  • Food Technology
  • Materials Technology
  • Soft Materials
  • Geography
  • History
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • French
  • Japanese

Option Subjects

  • Agriscience
  • Art
  • ESOL
  • ACEE
  • Ballet Academy
  • Elite Sport Studies
  • Design and Visual Communication
  • Food Technology
  • Materials Technology
  • Soft Materials
  • Geography
  • Classical Studies/History
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Option Subjects - Students Choose 3

  • Agriscience
  • Art (Visual Art)
  • ESOL
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Design and Visual Communication
  • Digital Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Materials Technology
  • Soft Materials
  • Drama
  • Music
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Biology
  • Physical Science
  • Physical Education (NCEA)
  • Transition Studies