To ensure students have as wide a variety of options in the future as possible, students must select Six subject lines
In order to broaden student options in 2019, students may select a mixture of both semester (half year) and full year courses.Students including "Semester Courses" as part of their option selection, must select an EVEN number of semester courses.
The first semester course will run for the first seventeen weeks of the school year. Students then 'swap' to their second selection.
In 2020, semester courses will extend into Year 12. This means a student can choose a "follow on" course to the one taken in Year 11.
For both Level 2 and Level 3 courses, Students must achieve any pre-requisites as described in the course’s outline.
Students gain NCEA by gaining eighty (80) credits.
In both Level 2 and Level 3, twenty (20) of these credits can come from the preceding year.
Level 1: The 80 credits must include at least ten Literacy (English or Te Reo) credits and ten Numeracy (Mathematics) credits. These credits can also be gained from areas other than English and Mathematics.
Students who gain 50 Merit or 50 Excellence credits at each level of NCEA earn an Endorsed Level 1, 2 or 3 Certificate respectively.
Students who gain either 14 Merit or 14 Excellence credits in a subject (within a calendar year) receive that subject endorsed with Merit / Excellence.
A Vocational Award or Endorsement can only be gained at Level 2:
Students who gain 20 ‘Sector’ Related credits along with 40 ‘Recommended’ credits in any one of the six Vocational Pathways receive a Vocational Award.
Achievement or Unit Standards that contribute towards this endorsement will be clearly identified within Kamar; the student management system.
This qualification is the minimum requirement to enter a New Zealand University. Other educational institutes recognise this qualification as supporting entry into non-university courses hence Whanganui High School encourage all students to take a ‘UE’ course in Year 13 if possible.
To qualify you will need:
5 credits in reading And 5 credits in writing
Students in Senior School may wish to choose from a wide variety of Industry and Tertiary Related courses available to them to complement their school subjects. These courses are completed through as an ‘option’ at school and need to be applied for through the Vocational Department
Year 12: Vocational Studies at Year 12 occupy five (5) of the six (6) lines therefore students choosing to do Vocational Studies need to take only one other subject.
Most students will have two school days in the workplace or may choose to attend an externally provided course.
Year 13: Vocational Studies at Year 12 occupy four (4) of the six (6) lines therefore students choosing to do Vocational Studies need to take only two other subjects
Within the Vocational Studies programme, each student will have an individual learning plan created using Industry based Unit Standards from the NZQA framework that count towards the student’s record of Learning.
Vocational Pathways provide new ways to achieve NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 and develop pathways that progress to further study, training and employment.
Students may choose from a variety of courses that range from one day a week or short blocks of time during the school week. Most students continue in normal classes outside of these times.
Examples of courses include:
The Vocational Pathways provide a framework for students to show how their learning and achievement is valued in the workplace by aligning learning with the skills needed for industry.
For more information check out the youth guarantee website, or click on the links below to view a wide range of information on employment opportunities beyond the school gate.
In the Arts students explore, refine, and communicate ideas as they connect thinking, imagination, senses, and feelings to create works and respond to the works of others.
In Digital Technologies, students develop knowledge and skills using a wide range of exciting internet and computing technologies.
In English, students study, use and enjoy language and literature communicated orally, visually or in writing.
Te Korero me Nga Reo
In studying Languages, students learn to communicate in another language, develop their capacity to learn further languages, and explore different world views in relation to their own.
In Mathematics and Statistics, students explore relationships in quantities, space, and data and learn to express these relationships in ways that help them to make sense of the world around them.
In Health and Physical Education, students learn about their own well-being, and that of others and society, in health-related and movement contexts.
In Science, students explore how both the natural physical world and science itself work so that they can participate as critical, informed, and responsible citizens in a society in which science play
In the Social Sciences, students explore how societies work and how they themselves can participate and take action as critical, informed, and responsible citizens.
In Technology, students learn to be innovative developers of products and systems and discerning consumers who will make a difference in the world.