Our vision is for a rich and balanced curriculum that maximises opportunities to meet the learning aspirations and achievement of each student in order to equip everyone for positive and successful lives, where students are encouraged to achieve their personal excellence. Teaching and Learning programmes build on existing good practice and maximise the use of local resources and opportunities. Our curriculum is underpinned by the principles, key competencies and values of the New Zealand Curriculum.
We provide unified and purposeful programmes of learning that prioritises literacy, numeracy, problem solving, creativity, inquiry learning, thinking skills, managing self, participating and contributing and relating to others. This is the basis for all learning, and builds foundations in the skills and knowledge required to be confident, connected and actively involved as lifelong learners.
Each student is seen as an individual who brings their own interests, passions and prior knowledge that we value, foster and use to empower them to take ownership of their learning and future direction.
The most able students are catered for through extension and enrichment programmes co-ordinated by our designated GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) team and Academic Dean. Dedicated Learning Support caters for those students who need extra assistance.
Our Year 7 and 8 students experience a broad and diverse curriculum taught by subject specialist teachers in purpose built environments including Technology, Science, Physical Education, Outdoor Education and the Arts. Year 9 and 10 students begin to make choices about the subjects they wish to take, creating individualised pathways that lead on to senior school options.
Senior students have the opportunity to specialise in order to meet the requirements of NCEA as well as preparing for tertiary study or vocational pathways. We offer a wide range of senior subjects with specialist teachers and resources. Students also access courses from Correspondence School, Ara Polytechnic and University of Canterbury. Outdoor Education and Primary Industries are areas in which our school is accredited to deliver industry standard programmes. We also provide workplace learning through the Gateway programme.