Curriculum

​At CAS we prioritise student, staff and whānau wellbeing. We live and learn in a beautiful part of the world and we celebrate this through a localised curriculum with plenty of hands on and authentic learning opportunities.

We know that student engagment and a love of learning brings progress and achievement. By tailoring our programmes to meet the diverse needs of our tamariki, we foster high levels of motivation and student agency.

Classes at all levels follow the New Zealand Curriculum. In years 1 to 10 this includes the eight learning areas:

Languages, Mathematics, Social Sciences, Sciences, Technology, The Arts, Health and Physical Wellbeing
This school programme also includes learning about and experiencing the key competencies, values and vision of the New Zealand Curriculum.

YEARS 1 to 8
Students are taught in a homeroom situation by one or two class teachers with other specialist staff to supplement the experiential learning. The arrangement of classes varies from year to year depending upon the number of students at each level and the available staffing. The pattern for 2018 is:

Year 0             Te Rito, Melissa Dixon
Year 1             Te Rearea, Tia Fraser
Year 2 – 3        Te Tipuranga, Pip Baker
Year 4 – 5        Te Kōrari, Jonny Hanlon
​Year 5 – 6         Te Puawai, Chloe Lenko
Year 6 – 7       Te Kuruwaka, Lyndon Clark
Year 8 – 9        Te Rerenga, Mieke Smits

YEARS 9 – 10
Classes are normally taught by specialist teachers in specialist rooms (laboratory, workshop, etc.).

YEARS 11 – 13
At senior secondary levels, students have a greater degree of choice regarding the courses they study, although there are some restrictions due to regulations and staffing availability. It is important to read the Student Subject Selection Guide when deciding on courses at these levels.
Most courses now lead towards National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) at Levels 1, 2, or 3; and/or the Vocational Pathways Certificate from Level 2 onwards. Courses will include Achievement Standards and/or Unit Standards, depending on the subject.  Some courses also lead towards National Certificates in such fields as Employment Skills and Computing.

YEAR 11 – The following courses are offered.  All are assessed either by Achievement Standards or Unit Standards and lead towards NCEA Level One.

Compulsory

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Optional:

  • Agriculture
  • Social Sciences
  • Design Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Art
  • Graphics
  • Employment Skills
  • Physical Education
  • Building
  • Economics
  • Hospitality

Students are usually expected to take seven subjects at Year 11. Alternative or additional subjects can be studied through Video Conferencing or the Correspondence School, or other distance learning providers. Study supervision is provided for students using these study methods.

YEARS 11-13 COURSE OPTIONS 
​At Collingwood Area School we approach Yr 11-13 courses with flexibility and with the student’s choices central. We are able to access courses for our students through a range of mediums, from traditional classroom teaching, through to video conferencing, correspondence, STAR and Gateway opportunities.
Our goal is to meet the individual needs of the students and limit the barrier of isolation to the children’s future intended career paths.
Senior course options are contained within the Senior Course Book and any enquiries about alternative options are welcomed.

YEARS 12-13
The school would normally expect to offer courses in:
English                                                           Mathematics (Statistics and Calculus in Year 13)
Biology                                                           Chemistry
Physics                                                          Earth Science
Astronomy                                                      Geography
History                                                            Economics
Design                                                            Graphics
Information Technology                                 Hospitality
Art (Painting, Print-making, Photography)     Physical Education
Outdoor Education                                         Employment Skills

​These courses lead to qualifications in Level 2 and 3 NCEA or complete Level 1, or provide Standards towards National Certificates.

Every effort is made to satisfy the needs of each individual.  As far as possible the school tries to provide for the educational and career plans of all of its senior secondary students, extending the curriculum the school can offer by linking with the Correspondence School, and WestNet (video conferencing), Telford and through STAR and Gateway Courses. Supervision and guidance will be provided for all externally delivered courses.

STAR Courses are available in a wide variety of subjects from a number of tertiary providers.  Practical courses are also offered such as Building, Forestry and Motor Mechanics.  While these provide practical experience, students also have the opportunity to achieve relevant Unit Standards which contribute towards NCEA Certificates. GATEWAY courses allow students to be at a place of work for up to one day a week while gaining qualifications through this work.

Full-time students will be expected to take six subjects in Year 12 and five subjects in Year 13.

Part-time adult students are very welcome and valued for the contribution they make to the school.  Returning to school can seem an enormous step to take; our experience suggests it can be very successful.

English Curriculum
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Health and PE Curriculum
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Maths and Statistics Curriculum
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Science Curriculum
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Social Studies Curriculum
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Technology Curriculum
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Te Reo Māori Curriculum
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Visual Arts Curriculum
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2018 Senior Course Selection Booklet
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Collingwood Area School