Entry into the senior school is a major step in your education. Please consider these points:
1. Your progression to higher levels will depend on your own academic success. Many senior subjects have a pre-requisite; you must get a certain grade or better if you are to study that subject next year.
2. All senior programmes have assessments that contribute to completion of the National Certificate of Education Achievement (NCEA). It is really important that you understand (Detailed material on the below will be issued to you in each subject at the start of each year):
3. If you run into problems, talk to the subject teacher first. If they cannot help you, then speak to the Head of Department or Teacher in Charge of the subject. If you still need help see a Year Level Dean. The Deans of each year level are there to help you.
Students who take English, Mathematics and Science have a wide range of occupations open to them. These subjects provide the foundation of communication and numeracy skills. English is compulsory in Year 11 and 12. Mathematics is compulsory in Year 11. Students who do not study Science to at least Year 11 level restrict their occupational choices and job opportunities, especially in the scientific and technical fields.
Students should choose most of their subjects according to what they like and what they are good at. Students may take a general education course and choose subjects such as History, Geography, a language, and Commerce and Technology. Some subjects may have direct career links, especially those such as Art and Technology. Early school leavers may find transition to work easier if their courses include such vocational elements.
Information about NCEA, assessment procedures and course information is available in the Senior Course Selection Information Handbook.
Useful Links: NCEA on TKI: http://ncea.tki.org.nz/
A useful site for students who are studying for NCEA Maths, Science and English http://www.studyit.org.nz/
NZQA site where general information about the NCEA can be accessed: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/qualifications/ncea/