Our Curriculum is designed to be student-centered and learning- focused. From Year 7 through to Year 13, students are exposed to a range of core and optional subjects, leading to National Certificates in Educational Achievement (Levels 1-3), as well as a number of other certificates on the NZQA Framework.
2022 sees the introduction of whānau classes and semesters. Semester A is 19 weeks finishing on July 1st, while Semester B is 17 weeks long beginning on July 4th.
Every student needs a strong sense of belonging and an adult at school (whānau teacher) who will be a champion for each student's learning success. Each student will be part of a small whānau class of Y7-13 students who, together with their whānau teacher, will work together to achieve high levels of Hauora, set goals and track learning and unpack our school values of Mana Motuhake, Hīkina, Whānaungatanga and Kia tutuki as they explore what it looks like to live out the qualities of our graduate profile.
Students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 cover all areas of the curriculum. Years 7 and 8 are in core classes, where they enjoy an integrated curricular environment supported with option classes taught by specialist teachers. In Years 9 and 10 students are offered more choices. Across the two semesters, students will have both a core class and an option class for each curriculum area.
Students in Years 11 to 13 are offered a wide selection of subjects as they begin to specialise in their strengths and interests. Each semester students select five subjects. Four of the subjects are taught over three lessons throughout the week, while the fifth subject makes up their Wednesday programme. Students have the opportunity to continue with any or all of their five subjects across the two semesters, or select new subjects at the beginning of B Semester. Students looking to achieve University Entrance, however, will need to ensure they design a programme across the two semesters that will support achieving 14 credits across three U.E. approved subjects.
Senior students also have the opportunity to enrol in courses run by Toi Ohomai which run over one or two days of the week or sign up to taster courses at Wintec to broaden their career opportunities.