January 1, 2020
Wainuiomata High School is a dynamic, modern school with a curriculum that is exciting and innovative. The year is divided into two semesters and students choose from a variety of courses that are designed to inspire and motivate all our students.
Junior courses (Years 9 and 10) are student centred and have been specifically created to allow students the opportunity to follow their interests while meeting the requirements of the New Zealand Curriculum. Courses are integrated, combining two or more curriculum areas so that students work on relevant contexts in real-life situations using 21st century skills. Technology is used extensively in our courses and students have ready access to computers throughout the school. All staff are trained in the use of Microsoft 365, a digital platform used by staff to facilitate learning and communication between staff and students. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively, communicate effectively, and manage their learning in a supportive and caring environment.
Senior courses (Years 11, 12 and 13) are broken into semesters similar to the structure of University programmes. Semester 1 begins in February and Semester 2 in late June. The courses are centred around topics of interest for our senior students to promote learning and improve educational outcomes. These courses are also integrated, meet New Zealand curriculum requirements, and offer relevant assessments. Students are able to gain credits towards NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) and gain University Entrance by the end of Year 13.
NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) is a New Zealand qualification that starts at Level 1 and goes to Level 5. Students usually start working towards Level 1 at secondary school (Year 11) and can continue to gain the higher levels at tertiary institutions. Secondary schools usually begin at Level 1 and go through to Level 3 which is needed to gain University Entrance. Please note there is also a Literacy requirement for University Entrance.
For more information about NCEA please go to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) website www.nzqa.govt.nz.