Curriculum

The eight essential learning areas described in the New Zealand Curriculum include English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education, the Arts, Technology and Languages.

Over the last three of these learning areas, Year 9 and 10 students select from a range of option subjects.

Year 9
Students select four half-year option subjects:

  • One from the Arts
  • One from the Languages
  • One from Technology
  • A fourth option from any of the above three learning areas.

Year 10
Students select any two of the full year option subjects listed for Year 10 under the arts, technology, languages, PE and Commerce.

Year 11
Students study English, Mathematics, Science, and three option subjects. Subject descriptions and prerequisites are listed in the curriculum handbook.

NCEA Level 1
The current minimum requirements include:

  • 80 credits including:
    • 10 credits in literacy
    • 10 credits in numeracy
  • For subject endorsements, 14 credits at merit or excellence.
  • For NCEA endorsement, 50 credits at merit or excellence.

Students intending to enrol at university, or students who are not yet certain of their future destination, are advised to choose option subjects that lead to the university approved list in Year 13.  Students need to be aware of the University Entrance requirements, and strive to exceed the minimum prerequisites noted for each subject in successive years at school.

Year 12
Students study English and five option subjects. Subject descriptions and prerequisites are listed in the curriculum handbook.

Preliminary applications to university rely on Year 12 NCEA Level 2 results.

Year 13
Students choose any five subjects. Subject descriptions and prerequisites are listed in the curriculum handbook.

Term Dates 2018

Term One:
Tuesday 30 January to
Friday 13 April

Term Two:
Monday 30 April to
Friday 6 July

Term Three:
Monday 23 July to
Friday 28 September

Term Four:
Monday 15 October to
Tuesday 11 December (to be confirmed)