In the past few years we have been able to introduce an increasing range of subjects to cater for student interests and needs. In Year Nine our timetable structure enables students to tackle courses ranging from the Eight Essential Learning Areas to a wide range of options featuring, for example, French, Design and Visual Technology and Resistant Materials and Food Technology. In 2016 we introduced half-year options to give greater access to a wide range of subjects.
In 2016 we introduced a Sports Academy class in Year 9 to cater for students who have talent in this area. Due to the success of this class we have continued this trial into Year 10.
Another thrust for innovation has been in the senior school. We continue with the Gateway Programme which helps students into a variety of work placements within the Wairarapa community and starts them off on the path towards the New Zealand Certificate in Employment Skills. Other courses offering authentic learning experiences such as Agriculture are also growing.
In Year 12 courses in Hospitality and Pathways Programmes have been introduced so that more appropriate path ways for our less academically capable students have been created through into the senior school. We also support our senior curriculum with online learning “Volcanics” to allow for a wide range of learning options for students.
Our aim is to extend all students whatever their capabilities by providing a range of relevant and attractive course opportunities. The fact that we have an over-subscribed enrolment list is one clear signal that the College is going far towards meeting the Curriculum needs of its students.