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Learning for Life - Whāia te mātauranga kei tua

Timetable

  • 6-day cycle
  • 4 periods per day + STAR time

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Core Curriculum

Students in Year 7-8 are with their homeroom class teacher for core subjects - Mathematics, English and Social Studies. The homeroom teacher is the first point of contact for our students. The homeroom classes provide a supportive whānau environment.

Our Year 7-8 students also have classes with specialist teachers including Science, Materials Technology, Graphics, Art, Drama, Food, Environmental Studies, Digital Technology, and Te Reo Māori, as well as Physical Education and Health. This gives our students access to specialist facilities and teachers with a wealth of knowledge for their subject areas. 

The Years 7-8 follow a connected curriculum which is designed to lead into Years 9-10 and set the students up with the skills, understanding, vocabulary, and knowledge they will require at their next level of schooling. 

Electives

Electives are designed to give students the opportunity to try something new and interesting. The students get to choose a different elective each term based on their personal interests. They are learning a lot of new skills and have a lot of fun doing so. These Electives run for 2 hours each week. 

Our current Electives for 2020 are 

  • Extension Art / Mindfulness
  • Coding
  • Textiles
  • Kapa Haka

STAR Time

This is Sit Together and Read (STAR) time and has been introduced to:

  • Increase engagement with written texts.
  • Increase enjoyment of reading a variety of written texts.
  • Build knowledge, literacy, and resilience.
  • Increase thinking skills.
  • Improve vocabulary and writing skills.
  • Build creative and imaginative capabilities.

We have a wide range of books available at our school library. If students are interested in a book that we do not have, please ask them to speak with our school librarian who may be able to source the book for them.