Year 7-8 is a crucial age group, and the school is focused on providing them with a quality start to their high school experience. Students are in a homeroom class for much of their learning, but they also get a taste of secondary school by having some lessons in specialist classes. Homeroom teachers provide a safe and supportive learning environment – a perfect transition from contributing schools.
The Homeroom programme has a focus on consolidating skills in Literacy, Numeracy and Social Sciences. Our curriculum is designed to provide meaningful learning opportunities, reflecting the nature of our students and community. This will help ensure students are fully prepared for the next step on their learning journeys.
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These are important years in a student’s academic life. They need to consolidate good learning habits to move into NCEA, feeling confident they have the skills to be successful. Each student is unique and has different passions and interests. By tapping into these passions and interests, we believe each student will engage more in their learning and be the best they can be.
The design of our new-look curriculum lets students follow their interests while still maintaining a broad curriculum. It allows students to do more of whatever they love while having the ability to try a range of different subjects.
The school year is broken up into two semesters, and students will choose 12 different courses for the year. They'll complete six in the first semester and six in the second. For students who complete two years of this curriculum, they'll complete 24 courses.
All subject areas are available to students, and they should choose courses from at least six of the subject areas. Students must choose a minimum of two Maths and two English courses for 2022. We also highly recommend that students take a Health course.