CURRICULUM GUIDE YEAR 7-13, 2022

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FROM THE PRINCIPAL

If there is anything we have learnt from recent years, it is the importance of flexibility and being able to adjust rapidly to the unexpected.  We rarely get the opportunity for a practice run in life, but school does give us the best chance to try out different things and learn a range of skills.

Decisions about which courses are best to take can be straightforward; but are often difficult.  Many of us have a range of interests and talents and it can be hard to decide which course will be the best for our future. It is important to remember that nothing is irrevocable!  If you make a selection that appears to narrow your choices, there are generally options that enable you to address any deficits that later. In your planning, think about what you will enjoy most as that will help you to know what will be most fulfilling for you in your life.

At Villa Maria College we have endeavoured to provide as much choice as we can – given our size, to enable girls to follow a variety of pathways.  While university will be the plan for many girls, for others that style of learning will not suit and they will find more hands-on style of learning more suitable.  It is likely that many girls will have a variety of careers over a lifetime, and increasingly there is a range of types of employment that will look different from what we have known in the past.  Try hard not to be too narrow in your thinking about what you might like to do.  Consider carefully what roles and pathways will provide your most fulfilling and meaningful work and life.  Remember also, that no learning is ever wasted.

It is most important that you prepare for the future by developing your skills of critical thinking, problem solving, team work and communication and learn to be flexible and adaptable. Our key learning behaviours are helping you to develop the attributes that you will need for your future.

If you find your decisions difficult, seek advice from a range of people – parents, teachers and careers advisors, trusted peers.  It is helpful to pray as you make your decisions, knowing the future is unknowable despite our best laid plans.

Deborah Brosnahan
Principal

INTRODUCTION

These webpages provide information that will enable our rangatahi to select a course that will be challenging and rewarding, and will provide access to further education and training at higher levels of the National Qualifications Framework.

At Villa Maria College, we place a strong emphasis on developing critical, digital and numerical literacies which will support students in their studies and life beyond school. The development of the key competencies reflects the value we place on reaching a balance between academic, physical, cultural, social and spiritual growth.

The Junior School curriculum at Villa Maria College reflects the intentions of the New Zealand Curriculum (2007). This includes providing a broad range of subjects in Years 7 to 10, and ensures students have access to the eight essential learning areas from the National Curriculum Framework.

Our Religious Education programme is a reflection of the College’s special character. We encourage all girls to develop to their potential. Targeted tracking identifies girl’s strengths and weaknesses and the girls’ learning needs are supported through a variety of school programmes, for example Learning Support and Gifted and Talented (GATE). Junior classes are generally grouped
according to House groups for core subjects (Religious Education, Social Studies, Physical Education and Science), while Mathematics and English are broken into bands across three Houses.

The programmes at Villa Maria College provide opportunities for students of all abilities to be challenged through engaging opportunities to stretch their learning. This includes more able students and those needing additional learning assistance.

The significant changes in qualifications and assessment over recent years have had an impact on how students learn and how subjects are delivered. The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is offered at three levels, and Universities and Polytechnics use this qualification in selecting
students for places in tertiary training.

At times, students will select subjects at different levels and Heads of Faculty may adapt the course and standards offered to better meet the needs of students. These webpages show subject choice for all levels, and enables you to make decisions based on what lies ahead in subsequent years.

These webpages also outline the important points of NCEA and will explain the credits required to gain University Entrance. It also explains the Scholarship Award. It is important to note that the NCEA is continuing to evolve. The NCEA change package is currently being implemented across Aotearoa/New Zealand and a review of Achievement Standards is being brought in over the coming four years which highlights significant changes in the future. These webpages are one source of information to help each student make informed decisions with her parents. The Subject Choice morning is another opportunity. Students are encouraged to seek information and advice from subject teachers, Heads of House, the Careers Advisor, and others who work in a range of occupational fields.

Please note course contributions are indicative only and will be confirmed at the beginning of 2022. Parents are encouraged to contact the College if they require further information or details about any aspect of their daughter’s academic programme.

PERSONALISATION

At Villa Maria College, where appropriate and practicable, we work to develop learning programmes which are individualised. Girls are encouraged to demonstrate agency and to take ownership over their learning throughout their time at the College. As our rangatahi progress through the school, greater opportunities for self-directed learning are provided. The Ako structure allows for a mentorship role by Kaiako as they support rangatahi to set goals, reflect on their progress and to take action to meet their targets.

Learning at Villa Maria is flexible. A student’s interests, strengths and passions are acknowledged as key aspects of the learning process. Learning and assessment, which ‘fits’ a student’s strengths, allows students to achieve while developing areas where they may struggle.

In the Junior College, learning and assessment are personalised through context choice, teaching to student needs, and in assessment tasks where students may have elements of choice.

In the Senior College, Heads of Houses and Heads of Faculties work to develop a holistic course for girls which are manageable and allow them the opportunity to meet their potential and achieve their desired career pathway.

Where practicable, we work to assess students when they are ready for the assessment. The total number of assessments offered are capped across subjects to minimise workload and stress and to allow students to focus on learning and curriculum coverage. Where students have particular skills or talents exceptions may be made through an application to the AP Curriculum.

The College works to manage assessment at workable and realistic levels for students and staff, without detriment to curriculum coverage. Ākonga are encouraged to display agency of their learning and to manage their time and programmes. More recently, a greater focus on curriculum coverage and the development of critical and creative learning skills, which encompasses digital literacies, literacy and numeracy skills and the key competencies has characterised our philosophy of learning. This reflects the belief that NCEA should allow staff to design and deliver a diverse range of courses, which fit student need and interest. Courses which offer real-life contexts support student learning and outcomes and allow the College to deliver courses with a Mercy vision and a focus on social action.

Level One provides an important structure for girls to become familiar with, and practise in, the NCEA system prior to pivotal their pivotal Level Two certificate. Thus, at Level One the focus is on skills acquisition, not credit accumulation. Level Two and Three are key academic targets for the College and students are encouraged to strive for endorsements.

The assessments suggested are guidelines only and students are not enrolled in all standards offered in a course. Rather, students will complete a combination of standards which best fits their needs.

Sarah Kirk, Assistant Principal (Curriculum)

SUBJECT CHOICE TIMELINE FOR 2022

MONDAY 20 SEPTEMBER: Subject Information available online.
WEDNESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER: Subject Information Morning.
WEDNESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER: All subject choice selections are due online in the student portal.
BEGINNING TERM 4: Subject Choice Conversations with Heads of Houses, and in consultation with Heads of Faculty.
TERM 1 – 2022: Subject Confirmation to be completed online after results are released.
Please Note: While every effort is made to ensure accuracy in the following information, changes can become necessary as the College works to personalise courses to meet each individual student’s needs and because of timetabling restrictions, class sizes etc. Where change does occur students will be informed. The assessment information contained herein is indicative only; subjects may alter courses and assessment to fit the learning needs of the students in the class.
*Information is correct at the time of publishing , but may be subject to change.

YEAR 7-8: INTERMEDIATE

In the Intermediate our girls are in of two Year 7 or Year 8 classes. The College differentiates and develops courses which fit students’ needs and abilities.
Students in the Intermediate complete integrated courses in their Homeroom classes which cover Literacy, Numeracy, and Social Studies. Religious Education is a special feature of our programmes. In addition, specialist teaching is provided in Physical Education/Health, the Arts (Art, Music, Drama/Dance), Languages (French, Japanese and Te Reo Māori), and Technology (Digital Technology, Food and Textiles Technology).
During their Intermediate years all our students participate in the Winter Sports programme with other Christchurch Intermediate schools. Bi-annually they attend a residential camp or take part in the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival. All students are given the opportunity to learn a variety of musical
instruments with specialist itinerant teachers.

YEAR 9

All students in Year 9 are together in House groups for core classes in Religious Education, Social Studies, Physical Education and Science. Girls are placed randomly in Mathematics and English classes across three Houses.
Students in Year 9 choose one language from ESOL, French, Japanese or Te Reo Māori.
Students will experience all the Creative Arts as part of their Arts rotation, with modules in Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts.
In addition, students take Health, Technologies (Digital, Food, Textiles), Sexuality and Financial Literacy.
There is a Retreat during Term One.

YEAR 10

All students in Year 10 are together in House groups for core classes in Religious Education, Social Studies, Physical Education/Health and Science. Girls are randomly placed in Mathematics and English classes across three Houses, with one extension class in each area. A range of options are offered to give girls choice. Girls choose (a) two full year options, or (b) one full year and two half year options, or, (c) four half year options. Only one Language is able to be taken.

Full year options:

French

Japanese

Te Reo Māori

Half year options:

Food Technology

Textiles Technology

Digital Technologies

Drama

Visual Arts

Music

Commerce

ENTRY RECOMMENDATIONS: SENIOR COURSES

Subjects may suggest recommended standards for entry to a course. These are an indication of what is required for students to be likely to succeed in future years. Students are encouraged to talk to their Head of House, or the A.P. Curriculum if they don’t have the entry recommendations. Students are advised to look ahead to see the recommended entry requirements for subjects at a higher level in order to make wise decisions for the future. Subject changes can be made up until March 31st with the support of the Head of House.

YEAR 11: LEVEL 1

Students entering Year 11 will follow a course that includes:

  • Religious Education
  • English, Communications Skills or ESOL
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education (core) (most students)
  • Science.

Students need to select two other subjects from the list available of Level 1 subjects. Some students choose to select an additional subject or a subject at a higher level in consultation with parent/caregiver, teachers and the Head of House.  This is for students who are very able and who have displayed motivation, sound work habits and self-management skills.
In order to study three subjects, in addition to the core programme of Religious Education, English, Mathematics and Science, students need to have ability to achieve well in English and Mathematics. These students will be in a cohort that has three periods per cycle in both English and Mathematics as opposed to four periods per cycle for most students. These students in the third option subject cohort will not have core Physical Education but may choose Physical Education as one of their option subjects.

YEAR 12: LEVEL 2

Students entering Year 12 will follow a course that includes:

  • Religious Education
  • English, Communication Skills, or ESOL
  • Students select four other subjects from the list of available subjects at Level 1 or 2

YEAR 13: LEVEL 3

Students entering Year 13 will follow a course that includes:

  • Religious Education
  • Students select five other subjects from the list of available subjects at Level 2 or 3

CHOOSING YOUR SUBJECTS

Use the following formula to help guide your subject choices.

Students are offered individual Careers Guidance Counselling and Careers Interviews from Year 11 onwards. If you need further help with your choice of subjects please ask:

  • Your Ako Kaiako
  • Your Head of House
  • The Careers Adviser
  • Talk about your choices with your parents.

Ensure that the choices you make are sensible and realistic and concentrate on
what you need for the future.

COURSE OVERVIEW: YEARS 7-10

FACULTYYEAR 7/8YEAR 9YEAR 10
Religious EducationReligious EducationReligious EducationReligious Education
Sexuality
The ArtsDramaArtsDrama
Dance(will include Drama, Dance,Dance
MusicMusic and Visual Arts)Music
Visual ArtsVisual Arts
EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
LanguagesESOLESOLESOL
Y7/8: all coveredFrenchFrenchFrench
Y9: one compulsoryJapaneseJapaneseJapanese
Te Reo MāoriTe Reo MāoriTe Reo Māori
MathematicsMathematicsMathematicsMathematics
Physical EducationPhysical EducationPhysical Education / HealthPhysical Education / Health
Health
ScienceScienceScienceScience
Social SciencesSocial StudiesFinancial LiteracyCommerce
Social StudiesSocial Studies
TechnologyDigital TechnologiesTechnologyDigital Technologies
Food(Includes Digital, FoodFood
Textiles Technologyand Textile Technologies)Textiles Technology

COURSE OVERVIEW: YEARS 11-13

FACULTYYEAR 11 (CHOOSE 2/3)YEAR 12 (CHOOSE 4)YEAR 13 (CHOOSE 5)
Religious EducationReligious EducationReligious EducationReligious Education
Social ActionSocial Action
Theology
The ArtsDramaDesignDesign
MusicDramaDrama
Visual ArtsMusicMusic
PaintingPainting
PrintmakingPrintmaking
PhotographyPhotography
SculptureSculpture
CareersFuture Intentions Supported Study (FISS)Future Intentions Supported Study (FISS)
GatewayGateway
EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
Compulsory at Y11-12Communication SkillsCommunication SkillsMedia Studies
Media Studies
LanguagesESOLESOLESOL
ESOL (non NCEA)FrenchFrench
FrenchJapaneseJapanese
JapaneseTe Reo MāoriTe Reo Māori
Te Reo MāoriLa Gagana SamoaLa Gagana Samoa
La Gagana SamoaLea Faka-TongaLea Faka-Tonga
Lea Faka-Tonga
MathematicsMathematicsMathematics with CalculusMathematics with Calculus
Mathematics NumeracyMathematics with StatisticsMathematics with Statistics
Mathematics Numeracy L2Mathematics Numeracy L3
one of these only
Physical EducationPhysical Education (Core)Physical EducationPhysical Education
Physical Education (Option)Outdoor Education
ScienceScienceBiologyBiology
Science PathwaysChemistryChemistry
PhysicsPhysics
Science PathwaysScience Pathways
Social SciencesGeographyBusiness StudiesAccounting
HistoryClassical StudiesBusiness Studies
CommerceEconomics/AccountingClassical Studies
GeographyEconomics
HistoryGeography
History
TechnologyDigital TechnologiesDigital TechnologiesDigital Technologies
FoodFoodFood
Textile TechnologyTextile TechnologyTextile Technology
Senior SemestersTe Reo Me Ngā Tikanga MāoriTe Reo Me Ngā Tikanga Māori
Students choose twoLegal StudiesLegal Studies
Classes run for half aPsychologyPsychology
year with min. classDanceOption Study
size of 20Pasifika StudiesFinancial Literacy for Life
Dance
Pasifika Studies

Note: The Villa Maria Timetabling Policy for class sizes will apply  in 2022 to already established classes. Classes which are in the Senior Semesters in Years 12 and 13 will require a minimum of 20 students to run.

NCEA QUALIFICATIONS

There are three NCEA qualifications: Level 1 NCEA Level 2 NCEA Level 3 NCEA

These are the first three levels of the National Qualifications Framework’s ten levels.

FOR A STUDENT TO BE AWARDED NCEA LEVEL 1 she must achieve 80 credits. Of these, 10 credits must be in literacy and 10 credits in numeracy standards. The booklet indicates where particular standards count towards literacy or numeracy.

FOR A STUDENT TO BE AWARDED NCEA LEVEL 2 she must achieve 80 credits, 60 of which must be from Level 2 standards or above. The NCEA Level 1 literacy and numeracy requirements must be met. Students should also look to obtain the University Entrance literacy requirements of 5 Reading and 5 Writing credits by choosing achievement standards with a literacy component. The course guide indicates where particular standards count towards literacy or numeracy for University Entrance.

FOR A STUDENT TO BE AWARDED NCEA LEVEL 3 she must achieve 80 credits, 60 of which must be from Level 3 standards, and 20 credits from Level 2 or higher. The NCEA Level 1 literacy and numeracy requirements must be met. If they haven’t already gained University Entrance Literacy, students are strongly encouraged to consider this when making their course selection.

Credits are awarded for reaching a standard. A course will consist of standards, which may be assessed internally or externally. Each standard is worth a set number of credits. The course guide will outline the standards offered in each senior subject, together with its credit value and whether the standard counts
towards literacy and/or numeracy for NCEA and University Entrance.

Internally assessed standards are completed throughout the year. Most subjects also have a number of externally assessed standards that will be assessed in November in a formal examination situation.

NCEA CERTIFICATE ENDORSEMENT

At any of these Levels (1, 2 or 3) a student’s NCEA certificate may be awarded NCEA with Excellence, if she achieves 50 credits or more, at that level, with Excellence.
Students who achieve 50 credits or more at Merit or above will be awarded NCEA with Merit.

NCEA COURSE ENDORSEMENT

The aim of this award is to recognise students who perform exceptionally well in an individual course. Students will gain an endorsement for a course when they achieve 14 or more credits at Merit or Excellence.

At least three credits of the 14 must be from externally assessed standards, and at least three credits from internally assessed standards. Exemptions to this rule include Physical Education, Religious Education, and Level 3 Visual Art.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The subject information morning will be held on Wednesday 22 September for students only (due to Covid-19 Alert Level 2).

Every effort is made to meet student preferences for course selection.

When you have made your subject choices, please go online to the Villa Maria College portal and enter your preferred choices by: Friday 24 September.

To enter subject selection on the portal choose ‘Course Selection’, then use the pull down boxes to enter preferred subject choices. Please note, once the lists have been collated they go to the HOH to allow subject choice conversations to occur (often in consultation with HOF). Year 11 students should only choose their options. Clarification of students doing three option subjects will be made later in the year. Students in Years 12 – 13 may have recommendations to reach before entry is confirmed.

Subject choices need to be made by the due date. The College works to create individualised courses and some advertised subjects may not be able to run if there are insufficient numbers. In these cases girls may be asked to make another choice.

BYOD (BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE)

All students at Villa Maria College bring an electronic device to school to complete their work on. Further information is available HERE.

Students will need to attend a workshop with the technician at the beginning of the year in order to be able to ‘hook’ their device onto the College’s network and wireless. They will also need to adhere to College protocols and procedures.

USEFUL WEBSITES

SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship will extend our best secondary students and enable top scholars to be identified and acknowledged. The aim is to assess a student’s ability to synthesise and integrate concepts – to apply higher level thinking based on in-school and independent learning. Scholarship is entered additionally to the student’s enrolled course.

The content assessed for Scholarship will be the same as that covered for Level 3 Achievement Standards. It is expected that Scholarship candidates will have completed a full year of Level 3 studies at a secondary school.

Assessment is standards-based and all assessment is external. Standards have been developed for each Scholarship subject.

Scholarship is an award, not a qualification and it will not attract credits. It will, however, earn a financial reward. There is no fee for New Zealand residents.

SCHOLARSHIP SUBJECTS

The following subjects are available for Scholarship in 2022:

  • Accounting
  • Calculus
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • History
  • Music
  • Samoan
  • Te Reo Rangatira
  • Agricultural and Horticultural Science
  • Chemistry
  • Design and Visual Communication
  • English
  • Japanese
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish
  • Technology
  • Art History
  • Chinese
  • Drama
  • French
  • Latin
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Visual Arts
  • Biology
  • Classical Studies
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Geography
  • Media Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Te Reo Māori

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS: Students who are awarded Scholarship in up to two subjects receive a one-off award of $500 per subject.

TOP SUBJECT SCHOLAR: For students who are the top of one of the Scholarship subjects there is $2,000 each year for three years as long as students maintain a ‘B’ average in tertiary study.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: For a student who gets three Scholarships there is $2,000 each year for three years as long as the student maintains a ‘B’ average in tertiary study.

OUTSTANDING SCHOLAR AWARD: For the top 40 – 60 students who achieve three Scholarship subjects there is $5,000 each year for three years as long as the student maintains a ‘B’ average in tertiary study.

PREMIER AWARD: For the top 5 to 10 students who achieve three Scholarship subjects there is $10,000 each year for three years as long as students maintain a ‘B’ average in tertiary study.

APPROVED UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE SUBJECTS

  • Accounting
  • Agriculture & Horticulture
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Classical Studies
  • Construction & Mechanical Technologies
  • Cook Islands Māori
  • Dance
  • Design (Practical Art)
  • Design and Visual Communication
  • Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko
  • Drama
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Economics
  • Education for Sustainability
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Hauora
  • Health Education
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Home Economics
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mathematics/Pāngarau
  • Media Studies
  • Music Studies
  • New Zealand Sign Language/Ngā Mahi a te Rēhia
  • Painting (Practical Art)
  • Photography (Practical Art)
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Printmaking (Practical Art)
  • Processing Technologies
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Samoan
  • Science/Pūtaiao
  • Sculpture (Practical Art)
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Technology/Hangarau
  • Te Reo Rangatira
  • Te Reo Māori
  • Tongan

VILLA MARIA AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

In addition to the Endorsed Certificates and Course Endorsements, students are encouraged to aim at achieving Villa Maria Subject Excellence Awards.
Subject Excellence Awards are presented at Prize Giving for students who achieve 14 credits with Excellence in a NCEA subject. This includes results of the College examinations.
Other prizegiving awards include diligence (effort and attitude put into school work) and general excellence, for all year levels. Year 13 have a number of other awards. The top academic student will be named as the College Dux.
Further Academic Awards are presented at the annual High Achievers’ assembly in February. These students will be presented with an academic bar to be worn on their blazers. Gold Award recipients will have their names added to the Honours Board currently displayed in the Hall.
Those who achieve at least 80 credits with Excellence in Level 1, or 66 credits with Excellence in Level 2 in the previous calendar year, are presented with a Gold Academic Award.
Those who achieve 50 or more credits with Excellence in Level 2 or 60 or more credits with excellence in Level 1 in the previous calendar year, receive the Silver Academic Award.
In addition, all students who achieve an Excellence Endorsement, but no other Academic Award, receive an Excellence Academic Award in a school assembly.

THE PRIME MINISTER’S VOCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD

Villa Maria College has a $2000 cash prize to be presented to the top vocational student in Year 12 and 13.
The award is aimed at raising the status of vocational study and recognising the achievements of students excelling in vocational education. The award also aims to inspire students to plan more carefully how their subject choices lead on to careers that suit their skills and abilities.

UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE 2022

Students should note that some Universities set a higher standard. This is based on performance in Level 3 subjects, with points awarded for the number of credits achieved with Excellence. The most up-to-date information is available on College or University websites.
THIS IS THE MINIMUM STANDARD CURRENTLY REQUIRED FOR UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE IN 2022.
If unsure please speak to the Assistant Principal (Curriculum), Careers staff or HOH.

A person shall be qualified for entrance to a university in New Zealand if they:

  • Attain NCEA Level 3 Ÿ achieve 14 credits at Level 3 in EACH OF THREE SUBJECTS FROM THE LIST OF APPROVED SUBJECTS
    (listed above)
  • Achieve UE numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 and above from specific achievement standards, or three specific numeracy standards
  • Achieve UE literacy – 10 credits (five in reading and five in writing) at Level 2 and above from specific standards.

VILLA MARIA COLLEGE & NCEA AWARDS & CERTIFICATES

* This must be achieved within a calendar year. ^ Based on NZQA results – internals and externals. These are awarded at the High Achievers Assembly in February of the following year. Gold Award recipients will have their name added to the Honours Board in the Hall. Academic Award recipients receive a badge to wear on their blazer to acknowledge this accomplishment.
*Information in this booklet is correct at the time of publishing , but may be subject to change due to COVID-19.

GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENTS

At Villa Maria College we want to help your daughter to broaden her potential. Students with particular gifts and talents are included on the Villa Maria College GATE Register. These students are monitored by the Gifted and Talented Co-Ordinator and extended by classroom teachers. This may include
differentiation, acceleration, multi-level studies or personalised learning programmes.

There are also many opportunities for enrichment outside of the classroom that allow students to further demonstrate and develop their skills. These include competitions, quizzes, workshops and courses. These will be promoted by the Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator or relevant subject teacher and advertised in the student notices and on the academic noticeboard.

Enquiries to: Sarah Kirk, Assistant Principal, Curriculum

LEARNING SUPPORT

The purpose of Learning Support is to identify, coordinate and monitor support services for learners within a classroom context.

In the Junior College, students’ learning needs are identified through a variety of data sources. Collaboration between the SENCO, a student’s Ako kaiako, classroom teachers, and external agencies and the RTLB (where appropriate) is essential in implementing appropriate classroom interventions which best support and enhance the learning experience of students. Throughout the Junior College, progress monitoring is essential to ensure that the interventions are meeting the needs of the students.

Students in the Senior College are offered multi-dimensional supports to help with the rigour of NCEA assessment programmes. These supports are intended to reflect the learning needs of the student, providing an inclusive and supportive learning environment. Teachers actively offer students multiple
mediums of assessment for in-class and take-home assessments through actively using assistive technologies, student conferencing and gathering naturally occurring evidence. For time-bound assessments and external examinations, some students may be eligible to apply for Special Assessment
Conditions. These allow students to undertake examinations with the supports and conditions appropriate to their learning needs; having a Reader, Writer, the use of Computer, Separate Accommodation and/or Extra-time are the most commonly accessed conditions.

Students throughout the College who require a more intense approach to their learning programme are placed on an Individual Education Plan. The IEP process is a student-focussed, living document which is regularly updated and matures with the student as they progress through the College. The IEP is set in consultation with the student, whānau and teachers.

Enquiries to: Anna Avery, Leader of Learning Support

COURSE PLANNER

SUBJECT REFERENCE CHART

Y – subject available at this level

C – compulsory subject

FACULTYSUBJECTY 9Y 10Y 11Y 12Y 13
RELIGIOUS EDUCATIONReligious EducationCCCCC
Social ActionYY
TheologyY
SexualityC
THE ARTSDesignYY
DramaCYYYY
MusicCYYYY
PaintingYY
PhotographyYY
PrintmakingYY
SculptureYY
Visual ArtsCYY
CAREERSFuture Intentions Supported Study (FISS)YY
GatewayYY
COURSE SEMESTERSTe Reo Me Ngā Tikanga MāoriYY
Legal StudiesYY
PsychologyYY
Option StudyY
Financial Literacy for LifeY
DanceYY
Pasifika StudiesYY
ENGLISHEnglishCCCCY
Communication SkillsYY
Media StudiesYY
LANGUAGESESOLYYYYY
Chinese*
FrenchYYYYY
JapaneseYYYYY
Korean*
La Ganaga Samoa (Samoan*)YYY
Spanish*
Te Reo MāoriYYYYY
Lea Faka-Tonga (Tongan*)YYY
MATHEMATICSMathematicsCCC
Mathematics with CalculusYY
Mathematics with StatisticsYY
PHYSICAL EDUCATIONPhysical Education and HealthCCCYY
Outdoor EducationY
SCIENCEScienceCCC
BiologyYY
ChemistryYY
PhysicsYY
Science PathwaysYYY
SOCIAL SCIENCESAccountingY
Business StudiesYY
Classical StudiesYY
CommerceYY
EconomicsY
Economics/AccountingY
Financial LiteracyC
GeographyYYY
HistoryYYY
Social StudiesCC
TECHNOLOGYDigital TechnologiesCYYYY
FoodCYYYY
Textile TechnologyCYYYY

* These subjects may offer an opportunity for students to sit an external exam: Chinese, Korean, Samoan, Spanish and Tongan. These subjects require students to largely work independently in self-managed study, with limited teaching support. In some cases, Tongan and Samoan classes may be available in conjunction with Riccarton High School. Please see Ms Palmer or Ms Kirk for further information.

Quick Guide:

Select the Year Level from the menu on the left

Select the Faculties from the menu and click “See Course Details” to view all the subjects available from that Faculty.

Example below: we’ve selected Level 1 from the menu on the left, and can now see Faculties listed on the right. Click “See Course Details” to view the subjects.