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Learning Extension and Support

We understand that each student learns at his or her own pace. Flexible and individual learning programmes provide for the needs of each learner. Students requiring additional support and challenge, particularly in literacy and numeracy, are given this through our Learning Support programme. The Learning Support Co-ordinator, Mr Brian Woolcock, leads a team of experienced teacher aids who support students in the classroom. Contact: brianw@haurakiplains.school.nz

Extending Students

In order to encourage students to pursue academic excellence, the Year 9 Junior Certificate and Year 10 Junior Diploma, as with NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3,  can be achieved with a Merit or an Excellence endorsement.

Individual extension programmes are offered for students who excel in their studies including the opportunity to take university papers in senior years.


Tutorials are offered throughout the year at lunchtimes or after school at no cost. Teachers and senior students are available during these times to provide students with extra help.


In order to consolidate learning at school and develop sound work habits, a reasonable amount of homework is expected from students. It is not intended that homework should be burdensome, but to be of value, it must be regular.

Students are required to maintain a homework diary. Often homework is in the form of a long term assignment. Students can best manage these assignments by spending a little time each night working on them.

At Years 9 and 10, students will be required to do approximately 2 – 3 hours per week, extending to 5 or more hours for senior students. Parents are encouraged to contact the child's Dean if you have a concern about homework.

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