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.
In 2019, Junior students at Wainuiomata High School took part in a new form of learning called Curriculum 19 (or C19 for short). Year 9 and 10 students learnt via two models called Courses and My Personal Learning Day (MPLD).
The first model (Courses) sees traditional subjects like Mathematics, English and Physical Education/Health merge; taking the best and most relevant pieces of these subjects and creating them into a Course.
In 2018 we asked our Year 9 students and Year 8 students from our feeder schools what things they are most interested in and (if they had their way) what they would like to learn about. From this we received lots of awesome ideas to create new Courses.
For example, one of the ideas that students wanted to learn about was becoming a Police Officer. We gave this concept to staff and an English teacher and a Science teacher took up the challenge of designing the course. From English, students will be taken through laws and debating (key elements of a trial Court Room). The Science teacher will be looking at Forensic Science and experiments.
We also know that a key part of being a Police Officer is being fit, so aspects of Physical Education/Health might be added into the course too. In the past, learning about being a Police Officer might have been done through only one learning domain area. Now, through our new way of learning, strong links from across each of the learning domains will be made. Our "Police 10-7" course is just one of over 40 different courses that are on offer.