Curriculum

Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro nōnā te ngahere
Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga nōnā te ao

The bird that consumes the miro berry owns the forest
The bird that consumes knowledge owns the world

Junior Curriculum

Year 9 and 10 students study a breadth of Learning Areas but will have choice within these subject areas. For example, a student’s Social Science course will be selected from contextualised topics such as ‘All Roads Lead to Rome’, ‘Be Your Own Boss – Being An Entrepreneur’, ‘Aotearoa New Zealand – Beginnings’ and E Tū – Fight For Your Rights.’ Students select 12 courses each year with the year being split into two 18 week semesters.

Our Junior Curriculum also includes the opportunity for students to engage in Hāpori Community time. Students will participate in a service, cultural or learning group for one period per week e.g. Kapa Haka, theatre sport, chess, project-based learning, volunteering at local schools and organisations and Environment group.

Senior Curriculum

Year 11 – 13 are prepared for national qualifications. Senior students are encouraged to follow multi-level courses of study as appropriate.

All Year 11 students study English, Mathematics and Science. They also choose three additional subjects.

Year 12 students study six subjects.

Year 13 students study five subjects.

Academic Mentoring

Academic mentoring has evolved from a desire to improve our results and to get to know our students better, in regard to their academic goals, interests, strengths and weaknesses.  Academic mentoring invites and encourages whānau to be an integral part of the process, building connections between the school and their families, with the student’s learning at the centre of all conversations.

Twice a year Whānau meetings will be held.  Parents will be encouraged to book a time with their child to meet with the Whānau teacher on this day.  The Whānau teacher is the first point of contact regarding student learning.

Blended e-Learning

Blended e-Learning opens a new world of learning opportunities to engage and make better connections to real life. All students Year 9-13 are strongly encouraged to bring their own device.

Blended e-Learning is a combination of face-to-face interactions in small groups accessing learning activities from a shared virtual environment. For example, Microsoft TEAMs / OneNote, video conference. Students are now able to access learning resources anywhere anytime through the Microsoft Platform.  This allows for differentiation and assistive technology to further support student learning.

Microsoft Office 365

All students have the ability to download Microsoft Office using their logon and password from the student intranet page called MyWaiCol. This gives students access to the entire office suite including Word, Excel and PowerPoint plus more, which they will use in school.