|· PRE-SCHOOL||Under 5 years of age|
|· PRIMARY SCHOOL||5 - 12 years (Years 1 -8)|
|· INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL||11 - 12 years (Years 7 & 8)|
|· SECONDARY (HIGH) SCHOOL||13 - 18 years (Years 9 - 13)|
In years 9 and 10 the curriculum seeks to provide a broad, general education, introducing some of the subjects that can be taken in the senior school.
The year 11 curriculum is still broad based but there is opportunity to begin to specialise in some subjects.
The opportunity to specialise is taken further in years 12 and 13 in preparation for tertiary study and participation in the work-force.
Year 11 Qualifications (see ‘Assessment’ in subject outlines)
Students will be assessed against Level 1 Achievement Standards in all courses except Te Reo Maori, Communication Skills and Mathematics Applied; the latter two courses being assessed against Unit Standards. Unit Standards and some Achievement Standards are assessed internally during normal classes and as the year progresses with the balance of Achievement Standards assessed externally in national examinations, or presentations of folios of work, at the end of the year.
Entry to Year 12 Courses
Entry will be granted only to those who have demonstrated through their year 11 results that they have the ability to achieve and benefit from study at this level. Some students will be advised to repeat all or some of their year 11 subjects. The Dean has the final decision regarding entry to year 12 subjects, following consultation with the Heads of Department.
Entry into a full year 12 course requires the student to have attained a Level 1 NCEA certificate.
Each year 12 subject has specific entry standards based on credits gained in Level 1 achievement or unit standards. Where this level of achievement has not been reached, the head of department and dean will review cases on an individual basis.
The basic entry criteria will be 14 credits in a related subject. For subjects not taken in year 11 there will be general requirements in English and / or mathematics. Students with no evidence of attainment in year 11 (e.g. students new to the school) may be required to sit an entry test.
|English||14 credits in English including 3 in writing (1.1 or 1.2) and 5 in reading (1.3 or 1.6)|
|Mathematics||14 credits in maths including 3 in algebra (1.1)|
|Biology||14 credits in science including 5 in biology|
|Chemistry||14 credits in science including 5 in chemistry|
|Physics||14 credits in science including 5 in physics and 4 in algebra|
|History||14 credits in history including one of 1.2 or 1.5 - or 14 credits in English|
It is possible for year 12 students to vary their course by taking one or more courses at a different year level. It is also possible for a year 12 student to take six subjects. These possibilities should be discussed well in advance with the appropriate dean.
English is the only compulsory subject - except for those who have already obtained an English Sixth Form Certificate grade 6 or better. ESOL is available to second language students, and Communication Skills may be available to those who really struggle.
A large proportion of students continue their education after leaving school and many of their courses require mathematical or statistical skills. It is strongly recommended that all year 12 students continue with Mathematics. Those students who really struggle may seek entry to Mathematics Applied.
All students will have a programme comprising Physical Education and personal skills development.
In selecting year 12 courses, students must give careful thought to which year 13 courses they will take the following year. Taking a year 12 course that does not lead directly to a year 13 subject is likely to mean having to take one or more new subjects in year 13.
Year 12 Qualifications (see ‘Assessment’ in subject outlines)
Students will be assessed against Level 2 Achievement Standards in all courses except Te Reo Maori, Communication Skills and Mathematics Applied; the latter two courses being assessed against Unit Standards. Unit Standards and some Achievement Standards are assessed internally during normal classes and the some Achievement Standards are assessed externally in national examinations, or presentations of folios of work, at the end of the year.
Unit Standards - awarded in some subjects where achievement requirements are met.
University Entrance - Although most students wanting to enter university do so from year 13, there is provision, subject to level 2 NCEA credits earned, for direct entry from year 12.
Year 13 Qualifications (see ‘Assessment’ in subject outlines)
Year 13 students taking level 3 NCEA subjects are required to meet all internally assessed requirements and sit end of year examinations.
Higher School Certificate - this award is made for the satisfactory completion of two years study beyond level 1 NCEA. A student is required to complete at least three subjects at year 13 level to qualify for this award. Attendance is one requirement of the award. HSC is required for University Entrance.
To qualify for entrance to a New Zealand university a person must have obtained a minimum of -
Senior students may study a multi-level course, choosing a combination of subjects from Years 11, 12 and/or 13.