Junior Hubs: Learning at Years 9 and 10
At Junior level, students are organised into Learning Hubs in six main learning areas:
- English (Includes languages)
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Humanities and Sciences
- Hauora (Health and Physical Education)
- The Arts (Art, Drama, Music, Dance)
- Technologies (Fabrics, Food, Engineering, Wood, Graphics, Design, Electronics, Computing)
Junior Certificate (Yr9) and Diploma (Yr10) of Learning
All Years 9 and 10 students participate in the Junior Certificate and Diploma of Learning. The purpose of the Junior Certificate and Diploma of Learning is to increase motivation and prepare students with the key competencies and learning capabilities required for senior study.
The basic structure is as follows:
All Learning Areas allocate assessments each term. These assessments each cover the five key competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC); Using language symbols and text, thinking, managing self, relating to others and participating and contributing. Students are graded against their ability to manage self, relate to others and participate and contribute (known as their learning process grades).
This is where students can show how well they do with the learning process such as group work, finishing homework, showing resilience. Grading is: Achieved, Merit, Excellence or Not Achieved.
Students are also assessed on their skills and knowledge within a subject - this is the academic rigour of a subject area and usually an end product. These are assessed against the New Zealand Curriculum levels. Students at Yr 9 should be working at or around Level 4 of the curriculum and be entering Level 5 work by the end of the year. Students at Yr 10 should be working at or around Level 5 of the curriculum and be entering Level 6 work (NCEA) by the end of the year.
To achieve the Junior Certificate and Diploma students must:
- have at least 90% attendance
- have a 90% work completion rate
- be achieving their learning process grades with achieved or more