NGĀ ARA REO ME ŌNA 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.
We currently offer the following languages:
- Te Reo Māori
- Gagana Sāmoa
- English Language
English Language classes are for students who are bilingual and would like support with English grammar, vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
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.
Textiles - Students explore design ideas and develop them to produce textile products within contexts such as fashion, wearable art, upcycling and accessories.
Food Technology - 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 digital outcomes.
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 textiles, hard materials, and digital contexts.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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:
- Read the website information which provides information for each course and talk with your Ākina Coach.
- Ask teachers what is in the course at each level.
- Book an interview with Whaea Evelyn, 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.
- 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.
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.
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.