Police Pathways Programme

In partnership with Ngā Pirihimana o Aotearoa, we run a combined Year 12 and 13 Police Pathways Programme. It is designed to prepare students for the Police and Defence Forces. Students begin to learn and develop the values, fitness, skills and knowledge required to be a member of Ngā Pirihimana o Aotearoa. Students are assessed via theory and physical based assessments.

As part of the course, the class will train weekly at Xtreme Fitness in Hastings to improve in the physical fitness and leadership requirements of being a Police Officer.

Entry Requirements: A proven ability to work positively with others and attendance 80% or higher
Leads to: Although aimed at Ngā Pirihimana o Aotearoa, the skills and attributes gained in this course will benefit any tauira wanting to go down a uniform service pathway
Teacher in Charge: Mrs S Mullany


Individual Senior Programmes by selection.

Gateway is a government funded vocational programme that enables work-based learning programmes and NCEA credits at Level 2 or 3 in a career of your choice. This could include such industries as: Early Childhood, Retail Skills, Equine Studies, Elder Care, Agriculture, Animal Care, Aviation, Baking or Butchery.

  • It offers structured workplace learning to senior students
  • It allows students the opportunity to develop work related skills and values
  • It allows students to experience work related training in their chosen industry and gain industry related unit standards whilst still at school

What will I learn? This will depend on the subject chosen and qualification on offer.

How will I learn? Distance learning with Polytechnics and outside providers supported by the Student Centre staff and tutors from outside providers.

Students must undertake a work placement for 1 day a week for 10 weeks and achieve a minimum of 20 credits during the year.

Examples of Individual Programmes on offer:

Agriculture – Students gain unit standards while working one day per week on a farm for a year. The course can lead to a Diploma in Agribusiness Management.

Early Childhood Training – Students study unit standards through Porse and spend one day per week for 10 weeks working at either an Early Childhood Centre or Kindergarten. The theory work is self-paced and the Porse tutor comes in to school to mark work and keep students on track. The course can lead to studying a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood).

Equine/Animal Care – Unit standards are available in Equine Studies through Telford Polytechnic and Equine eLearning Ltd. Students must complete a work placement in the industry during the year. A strong background in horses is essential.

Elder Care – Students undertake unit standards and spend one day per week working in the rest home industry. The course can lead to a Bachelor of Nursing.

Retail Skills – This course is aimed at those students who are looking at a career in the Retail or Customer Service Industry. All students must complete a practical work placement within the industry one day per week for a minimum of 10 weeks or alternatively have their own part-time retail job. Students must undertake customer service unit standards during the year.

STAR (Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource) offers senior students from Year 11-13 the opportunity to undertake short courses that help students' needs, motivate them to achieve, and facilitate their smooth transition to further education, training or employment. STAR is a vocational pathways tool that enables schools to provide additional mechanisms for students to access tertiary study and/or employment. Students can gain NCEA credits on a STAR course.

Cost and Materials: Contribution to course costs is required in some cases
Entry Requirements: Students must be able to demonstrate a history of satisfactory attendance, independent work habits, and a genuine interest in an alternative subject
Leads to: Provides a pathway directly into industry and gives the student an opportunity to see if this is the career they would like to follow
Teachers in Charge: Mrs M Gilmour & Mrs L Setford

EIT Trades Academy Courses

Designed for senior students who would like to explore a potential vocational pathway in the trades.

Students apply to be selected to study one of the trades on offer and will attend EIT one day a week for the duration of the year. They offer 20+ Level 2 or Level 3 NCEA credits (Unit Standards). Students must have good attendance at school and a passion for one of the trades in order to apply.

Teachers understand girls are off site for a day and structure school programmes to minimise the disruption of students potentially missing some school class time.

Courses offered, include (but are not limited to):

Courses offeredLevel
Building and Construction
Computer Technician
Hair and Beauty2/3
Tourism and Travel
Hospitality - Level 2/3 (Bakery - Level 3)2/3
Te Toi Whakairo or Pikitoi (Māori Visual Art)2/3
Hauora (an introduction to the skills required for tertiary study in the health sector, nursing or social work)3
Integrated Trade Skills (automotive, engineering  and building)

These courses offer predominantly Level 2 standards and some can lead to Level 3 study at EIT in subsequent years. If a student has not undertaken a particular course at Level 2 and wishes to apply at Level 3, they will need to attend an interview, have good grades and good attendance. Students who wish to take the Police Pathways Preparation Programme may not be able to take an EIT trade in the same year.

Entry Requirements: Students must have good attendance, independent work habits, and a genuine interest in an alternative subject
Leads to: Provides a pathway directly into industry and gives the student an opportunity to see if this is the career they would like to follow
Teacher in Charge: Mrs L Setford


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