Course of Study – All years

The Year 9 Course of Study

Students study all programmes mentioned below in a broad-balanced course designed as a comprehensive introduction to the first year of secondary education and which fully acknowledges national curriculum and special character obligations.

The curriculum supports and empowers all students to learn and achieve personal excellence. In the wider curriculum students continue to partake fully in at least one chosen sport, cultural activity and a service event through Club Garin Inc. The Journey Programme offers students an opportunity to grow spiritually in a challenging, outdoor setting.

Our programme is designed to encourage our students to become confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.

In Year 9, students study the following:

Review list of available subjects.

Other Programmes: 

  • Club Garin Activities (Sport/Arts/Service)
  • The Journey Programme
  • House competitions
  • Special calendared events—Mahi Toi, Graduation Challenge

Guidance Notes:

As students do all programmes, course selections and guidance are not necessary at this level.

The Year 10 Course of Study

Students continue to study in all learning areas giving them a wide breadth of subjects which provides them at the completion of their second year of secondary study, with an ideal launching platform into senior school programmes.

The curriculum continues to encourage students to strive for excellence by aiming high and persevering in the face of difficulties.

In the wider curriculum students continue to partake fully in at least one chosen sport, cultural activity and a service event through Club Garin Inc. The Journey Programme continues to offer students an opportunity to grow spiritually in a challenging outdoor setting.

Our programme design encourages our students to be creative, energetic and enterprising. It also allows our students the opportunity to develop the values, knowledge and competencies that will enable them to live full and satisfying lives.

In Year 10, students study the following: 

Review list of available subjects.

Other Programmes:

  • Club Garin Activities (Sport/Arts/Service)
  • The Journey Programme
  • House competitions
  • Special Calendared events—Mahi Toi, Graduation Challenge

Guidance Notes:

Students choose either Māori or Spanish for the full year.

Students select two half-year Arts courses from Music, Dance/Drama or Art.

The Year 11 Course of Study

NCEA enables students to retain a broad spectrum of subjects even at this level and this Level 1 package ensures that all doors remain open to students.

In the wider curriculum students continue to partake fully in at least one chosen sport, cultural activity and a service event through Club Garin Inc. The Journey Programme continues to offer students an opportunity to grow spiritually in a challenging, outdoor setting.

In Year 11, students study the following: 

Other Programmes:

  • Club Garin Activities (Sport/Arts/Service)
  • The Journey Programme
  • House Competitions
  • Special Calendared events—Mahi Toi

Guidance Notes:

Students are encouraged to keep their course selections broad and based on career aspirations.

If numbers are insufficient for a course it may not be offered.

The Year 12 Course of Study

Students at this stage have completed their first three years of foundation studies (Years 9-11). Personal strengths, a greater awareness of future career directions and personalised course counselling, enable students to plan an individualised course of study tailored to their future learning and career needs.

Students are able to select specially designed Vocational Pathways courses. Only Religious Education and English are mandatory to take (and Mathematics also, if individuals have not yet attained the minimum University Entrance requirement). Students need to select four or five courses to make up their total of seven subjects.

In Year 12, students study the following: 

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics (if minimum University Entrance requirement not attained)
  • Any other four or five subjects listed (number dependent on individual circumstances), chosen from the list of available subjects

Other Programmes: 

  • Club Garin Activities (Sport/Arts/Service)
  • The Journey Programme
  • House Competitions
  • Special Calendared events—Mahi Toi

Guidance Notes:

Students must choose four or five other subjects listed in the list of available subjects (dependent on progress with Numeracy requirements)

Students normally get their first choices, but timetabling clashes may occur which require students to re-select alternative combinations of programmes. The timetabler will advise you if this happens.

NCEA provides the opportunity for true multi-level study. Students doing Level 2 may select from Level 1 courses also if these fit their timetable.

As always, students should be asking the central question—”Is this programme selection progressing me in the future direction I have identified for myself?”

If numbers are insufficient for a course it may not be offered.

The Year 13 Course of Study

Students studying at this level are working toward NCEA Level 3 or entry to specific tertiary training.

Religious Education is the only mandatory programme. English and Mathematics need to be continued if students have not attained the requirements for University Entrance. Students may choose any other three to five subjects offered, depending on individual circumstances, to make up a total of six subjects.

In Year 13, students study the following:

  • Religious Education
  • English (if minimum University Entrance requirement not attained)
  • Mathematics (if minimum University Entrance requirement not attained)
  • Any other three or five subjects listed (number dependent on individual circumstances), chosen from the list of available subjects

Other Programmes: 

  • Club Garin Activities (Sport/Arts/Service)
  • The Journey Programme
  • House Competitions
  • Special Calendared events—Mahi Toi

Guidance Notes:

Students must choose three to five other subjects listed in the list of available subjects.

Students normally get their first choices, but timetabling clashes may occur which require students to re-select alternative combinations of programmes. The timetabler will advise you if this happens.

NCEA provides the opportunity for true multi-level study. Students doing Level 3 may select from Level 1 and 2 courses also if these fit their timetable.

As always, students should be asking the central question—”Is this programme selection progressing me in the future direction I have identified for myself?”

If numbers are insufficient for a course it may not be offered.