SENIOR LEARNING PATHWAYS INFORMATION

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Course selection closes on Friday 24 September.

ENGLISH AND MEDIA STUDIES

English helps you to find a voice to tell your stories; a voice that can be creative, critical and inspirational. We want you to extend your imagination through language and literature of all kinds and to become sophisticated speakers and writers. English connects you to a world of ideas through a range of cultural literature that challenges them to think about their own sense of identity, their relationships with others and their place in the world. Through English, you will be able to unlock the skills that enable you to successfully participate in the social, cultural, and political life of New Zealand and the wider world.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

These courses are designed for students who have English as their second language and need the support to acquire the skills of English grammar and vocabulary. Students will develop oral language, listening skills, reading and writing strategies.

MATHEMATICS

In Mathematics and Statistics, students explore relationships in quantities, space and data and learn to express these relationships in ways that help them to make sense of the world around them. These two disciplines are related but require different ways of thinking to solve problems. Both equip students with effective means for investigating, interpreting and explaining situations. Mathematicians and Statisticians use symbols, graphs, and diagrams to help them find and communicate patterns and relationships, and they create models to represent both real-life and hypothetical situations. These situations are drawn from a wide range of social, cultural, scientific, technological, health, environment, and economic contexts.

Mathematics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in quantities, space, and time

Statistics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in data.

Calculus is the study of how mathematics can be used to investigate, interpret and explain the universe around us.

PERFORMING ARTS

Performing Arts subjects such as Drama and Music, are a powerful form of personal, social and cultural expression. As expressions of culture, the Performing Arts pass on and renew our heritage and traditions and help to shape our sense of identity.

They recognise, value and contribute to the unique bicultural and multicultural character of Aotearoa
New Zealand. They give students a unique way to create ideas and images that reflect, communicate and change their views of the world. They challenge our perceptions, uplift and entertain us and enrich our emotional and spiritual lives.

Studying a Performing Art stimulates imagination, thinking and understanding and allows students the opportunity to discover, explore and pursue their passions and interests. Essential skills to be learned through an involvement in Performing Arts include creativity, collaboration, co-operation, innovation, critical thinking, adaptability, performance preparation, presentation skills, personal achievement, confidence, perseverance, resilience.

There are many Performing Arts related fields of employment that naturally grow from courses in the Performing Arts (e.g. actor, theatre, television, musician, composer, teaching, film making, reviewer) but many people also pursue careers outside the arts using the analytical, creative, co-operative, entrepreneurial and problem solving skills that have been enhanced through a learning that is grounded in the Performing Arts.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH

In Physical Education and Health, the focus is on the wellbeing of the students themselves, of other people, and of society through learning in health-related and movement contexts. Students will also develop the leadership and interpersonal skills to plan and manage activities in the outdoors. Four underlying and interdependent concepts are at the heart of this learning area: hauora, attitudes and values, the socio-ecological perspective and health promotion. This learning area is divided into specific courses catering to the diverse pathways within the field. There may be some overlap within these courses. Students are able to take all three courses if it fits their pathway.

Leadership and Exercise Science - This subject gives students the opportunity to develop leadership and planning skills and also knowledge of the human body and exercise science. This subject endeavours to give students the skills and capabilities required in pathways such as, but not limited to: medicine, nursing, PE teaching, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, sports development leaders, and national sporting bodies.

Hauora, Lifestyle and Health Promotion - This subject helps students to develop their understanding of the factors and determinants that influence the health of individuals, groups and society. This subject endeavours to give students the skills and capabilities required in pathways such as, but not limited to: social work, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, medicine, midwifery, teaching, health promotion agencies.

Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation - This subject gives an understanding of the influences of one’s participation, health promotion in society and lifelong wellbeing. This subject endeavours to give students the skills and capabilities required in pathways such as, but not limited to: fitness industry, environmental work, event management, tourism and leisure industries.

SCIENCE

Science is a way of investigating, understanding and explaining our natural world, physical world and the wider universe. It involves generating and testing ideas by gathering evidence. This includes making observations, carrying out investigations, modelling, communicating and debating with others in order to develop scientific knowledge, understanding and explanations.

Career choices – why choose Science at Level 1 or Sciences at Level 2 or 3?

Sciences are recommended subjects for many careers you may not expect e.g. armed forces, police, and many more! Physics, Chemistry and Biology are APPROVED SUBJECTS for all University Entrance qualifications.

There is also always a demand for Scientists in New Zealand, Australia, and across the world. Here are some possible careers - ecologist, environmental scientist, environmental engineer, pharmacist, medical laboratory scientist, exploration geologist, emergency and critical care vet, biochemist, botanist, exercise physiologist, food safety chemist, doctor, nurse, radiographer, geneticist, astronomer, animal scientist, microbiologist, physiotherapist, dentist, midwife. 

Seven of "the 20 top jobs New Zealanders should be studying for" are science jobs.

Science is about understanding the world around us. Students learn to carry out investigations, research ideas and use their knowledge to solve problems.

Biology is about living things and how they interact with each other and the environment.

Chemistry involves the study of matter and the changes it undergoes and understanding the composition and properties of atoms and molecules.

Physics provides explanations for a wide range of ideas, including light, sound, heat, electricity, waves, forces and motion, united by the concept of energy that cannot be created or destroyed.

SOCIAL SCIENCE

The Social Science learning area is about how societies work and how people can participate as critical, active, informed, and responsible citizens. Contexts are drawn from the past, present, and future and from places within and beyond New Zealand.

Classical Studies is the study of the people, places, and events of ancient Greece and Rome. Students explore the foundations of literature, art, history, and philosophy, in order to understand the past and the present, and to imagine possible futures.

History is about exploring the past, in order to understand the present, and shape the future. New Zealand history is seen within wider global contexts. Historians are skilled in research and source analysis that is fundamental for other subject areas.

Geography is the study of the relationship between people and their environments. Our environment is at a critical point in its history. Developing knowledge of humans and our impact on the natural world will allow you to prepare for the future.

Business Studies is about how individuals and groups of people organise, plan and act to create and develop goods and services to satisfy customers.

Psychology gives us a fascinating insight into the behaviour of others, providing an opportunity to view the human mind from a systematic and scientific perspective. We look at addictive behaviour, the nature of evil, clinical and health practices, ethics and experimentation and consider just how we, as humans, tick.

NGĀ ARA REO ME NGĀ TIKANGA / LANGUAGES AND CULTURES

Languages are inseparably linked to the social and cultural contexts in which they are used. 

Languages and cultures play a key role in developing our personal, group, national, and human identities. Every language has its own ways of expressing meanings; each has intrinsic value and special significance for its users.

TECHNOLOGY

In Technology students develop outcomes across contexts that interest them. Technology education allows students to gain practical skills, knowledge, and understanding to thoughtfully live with, critique, and contribute to the technological developments that shape our lives.

Textile Products - Students explore design ideas and develop them to produce textile products within contexts such as fashion, wearable art, upcycling and accessories.

Food Design and Manufacture - Students design and manufacture food products to meet a brief.

Digital Technology - Focuses on the development of knowledge and skills using a wide range of internet and computing technologies to produce a media outcome.

Design and Visual Communication - Focuses on the development of knowledge and skills in the three-dimensional design contexts of architecture and product design.

Integrated Technology - Gives students the opportunity to explore and learn skills across Food Products, Textile Products and Hard Materials contexts.

VISUAL ARTS

Visual Arts is powerful forms of expression that recognise, value, and contribute to the unique bicultural and multicultural character of Aotearoa New Zealand, enriching the lives of all New Zealanders. Through movement, sound and image, Visual Arts transform people’s creative ideas into expressive works that communicate layered meanings.

Vocational Pathways

Our Mission

  • To empower students by providing resources to foster future life skills and to make good life choices. 
  • To teach students how to identify career opportunities that fit their skills, interests, values and personality through relationships with education providers, industry training and employment groups. 
  • To expose our students to as many pathway opportunities as possible. 
  • To successfully transition students from school to a career and/or study and/or work.

Career Education and Guidance
We offer formalised and timetabled Career Education at all year levels in differing forms.
Rangatahi also have one-on-one Career Guidance both by request and planned appointments.

Taster Courses
We offer taster courses to senior students via STAR funding (Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource funding used to fund courses that respond to students' needs, motivate them to achieve and facilitate their smooth transition to further employment, education or training). Students can apply to attend courses like: barista, security, travel and tourism, and first aid.

Teaching and Learning Areas
We work with different areas to develop career education opportunities in their learning area and/or hub. Kaiako are career advocates who support and develop our students' level of self-awareness, career explorations and aspirations.

Other Services
We offer CV construction, Learners and Restricted licences, tertiary visits and course planning, links with industry and local businesses, mock interviews, linking rangatahi to appropriate external services, career expos and trades roadshows.

Scholarship Courses

The opportunity to attempt the scholarship examination in one or more courses will be available to Year 12 & 13 students. There will be timetabled classes for Year 13 students. Nationally scholarships are awarded to the top 2% or 3% of students in subject areas. If you think you would like to take scholarship classes and exams talk to your teachers and Mrs Kelsey.

If a decision is made to proceed, teachers will help prepare students during normal class and subject tutorial times. Students attempting to obtain a scholarship will be required to either sit an external exam in addition to their Level 3 external exams or submit additional portfolio work over and above their submissions presented to achieve Level 3. Hawke’s Bay Principals’ Association run an external scholarship programme for all students in Hawke’s Bay – see Mrs Kelsey for information.

Scholarship awards are available to New Zealand citizens or permanent residents only. Scholarship awards attract a one-off payment of $500 per subject with a maximum payment of $1000. Special awards of a higher monetary value are available to students gaining 3 or more scholarship awards. More specific details are available from the school.

Students are encouraged to take scholarship classes to develop their critical thinking and deep conceptual subject knowledge. Scholarship candidates are expected to demonstrate high-level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation, and to integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding, and ideas to complex situations. Scholarship subjects are assessed through examinations and these may be written or performance exams.

University Papers

For students who have achieved Level 3 in subjects prior to Year 12 or 13 there is the opportunity to study first year university papers through University of Canterbury or The University of Waikato. Have a look at the exciting papers on offer.

University of Canterbury STAR Programme

The University of Waikato Unistart

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I choose my Subjects?

You need to ensure your individual courses best suit your particular abilities, interest, and learning needs AND that you have pathways through to Year 13.

Your ideal course of study will:

  • contain subjects that you are interested in and passionate about
  • contain subjects you feel confident you will achieve in and/or provide new skills
  • meet the literacy and numeracy requirements at each level
  • allow for a variety of career paths

If you are unsure of the most appropriate pathway then you must:

  1. Read the website information which provides information for each course and talk with your Akina Coach.
  2. Ask teachers what is in the course at each level.
  3. Book an interview with Mrs Kelsey, Mr Gibbons or your House Dean. You may also want to speak to a Head of Department if your question is subject specific. This can be with your whānau/aiga if they would like to be there. 
  4. Visit the careers office to check on subjects required for specific careers, further study or vocational employment/trades.

How many Subjects can I choose?

Level 1 Courses

You need to take six subjects at this level. You must choose a course from Mathematics and English for NCEA Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy.

Level 2 Courses

You need to take five subjects. An English or English combined course is compulsory as it gives you the required literacy credits for further study. An application not to take English can be made to your House Dean who will ensure that you have option choices that give you UE literacy in Year 12. 

You must check entry requirements for some universities or the more competitive courses, as they require far more than the minimum entry requirements for automatic acceptance. 

You should opt for a broad range of subjects to keep all possible future pathways open. From Year 12 there are a number of vocational pathway opportunities available on a Friday. These include the Police Pathways Preparation Programme, EIT Trades Academy and Gateway courses.

Level 3 Courses

You need to select five subjects. Students may choose a sixth subject from a different level that is a new skill area or a vocational subject/trade.

Can I do courses at different levels?

You can choose courses at different levels if you have strengths in some subjects. You will need to talk with your teacher, your House Dean, Mrs Kelsey, and your parents.

Can I do any subject?

If you have a genuine commitment to a subject not taught at Hastings Girls’ High School we may be able to offer something offline. Please talk to Mrs Kelsey or Mr Pera about this. 

Will I definitely get all my choices?

You will certainly get the bulk of your choices and we do our best to run all subjects. Sometimes classes may be mixed year groups to do this. The running of each course is dependent on student numbers.

Multilevel Courses

Some subjects offer their courses in multi-level classes. This allows students to achieve to their potential and learn from each other.

NCEA Scholarship Courses

The opportunity to attempt the scholarship examination in one or more courses will be available to Year 12 & 13 students. There will be timetabled classes for Year 13 students. Nationally scholarships are awarded to the top 2% or 3% of students in subject areas. If you think you would like to take scholarship classes and exams talk to your teachers and Mrs Kelsey.

If a decision is made to proceed, teachers will help prepare students during normal class and subject tutorial times. Students attempting to obtain a scholarship will be required to either sit an external exam in addition to their Level 3 external exams or submit additional portfolio work over and above their submissions presented to achieve Level 3. Hawke’s Bay Principals’ Association run an external scholarship programme for all students in Hawke’s Bay.

Scholarship awards are available to New Zealand citizens or permanent residents only. Scholarship awards attract a one-off payment of $500 per subject with a maximum payment of $1000. Special awards of a higher monetary value are available to students gaining 3 or more scholarship awards. More specific details are available from the school.

How many credits do I need?

Courses for next year will generally offer between 16-22 credits per course, and 30-35 credits for a combined course. Over the full year you will need to accumulate a minimum of 80 credits in total to be awarded the certificate at each level.

To complete NCEA Level 1, you need 80 credits at Level 1 or above. Included in this total you will need at least 10 credits in Literacy and 10 credits in Numeracy from selected standards.

To complete NCEA Level 2, you need 80 credits of which 60 need to be at Level 2 or above. The other 20 can be from any level on the NZQF.

To complete NCEA Level 3, you need 80 credits of which 60 need to be at Level 3 or above. The other 20 credits need to be at Level 2 or above on the NZQF.

How do I get endorsement at NCEA?

Course endorsement provides recognition if you perform exceptionally well in individual courses. Endorsement requires at least 14 credits at Excellence or Merit for that particular level of endorsement. At least 3 credits must come from externally assessed standards.

NCEA Certificate endorsement requires you to achieve at least 50 credits at Excellence or Merit to gain Certificate endorsement at that level.

OTHER INFORMATION

Financing your Future Study

Universities, EIT and other Polytechnics offer scholarships to assist with either fees and/or accommodation costs. To be eligible for most university scholarships students need to have achieved Level 2 endorsed with Merit or better.

In addition to academic performance applicants are considered on the basis of involvement in cultural, arts or sports extracurricular as well as community service. Community involvement is highly valued and can be within or outside of school. Year 12 and 13 students are strongly encouraged to take part in some kind of community service.

Study Link - Student Loans

You need a RealMe login to apply online and access MyStudyLink.

If you’re applying for a Student Loan or Student Allowance for the first time, you will need to send Study Link evidence of your identity, e.g. a copy of your Passport or Birth Certificate using Connect.

 

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