Te Reo

Learning a new language provides a means of communicating with people from another culture and exploring one’s own personal world.

Languages are inseparably linked to the social and cultural contexts in which they are used. Languages and cultures play a key role in developing our personal, group, national and human identities. Every language has its own ways of expressing meaning; each has intrinsic value and special significance for its users.

Languages link people locally and globally. They are spoken in the community, used internationally and play a role in shaping the world. Oral, written and visual forms of language link us to the past and give us access to new and different streams of thought and to beliefs and cultural practices.

The Arts – Music, Drama, Art

The arts are powerful forms of expression that recognise value and contribute to the unique bicultural and multicultural character of Aotearoa New Zealand, enriching the lives of all New Zealanders. The arts have their own distinctive languages that use both verbal and non-verbal conventions, mediated by selected processes and technologies. Through movement, sound and image the arts transform people’s creative ideas into expressive works that communicate layered meanings.

Arts education explores, challenges, affirms and celebrates unique artistic expressions of self, community and culture. It embraces toi Maori, valuing the forms and practices of customary and contemporary Maori performing, musical and visual arts.

The arts learning area comprises three disciplines: drama, music – sound arts, and visual arts. Up to Year 8 students will learn in all three disciplines. Over the course of Year 9 and 10 they will learn in at least two. In Year 11 – 13 students may specialise in one or more of the disciplines.

Technology – Design, Digital, Textiles

Technology is intervention by design; the use of practical and intellectual resources to develop products and systems that expand human possibilities by addressing needs and realising opportunities. Adaptation and innovation are at the heart of technological practice. Quality outcomes result from thinking and practices that are informed, critical and creative.

Technology makes enterprising use of its own particular knowledge and skills, together with those of other disciplines. Graphics and other forms of visual representation offer important tools for exploration and communication.

Technology is never static. It is influenced by and in turn impacts on the cultural, ethical, environmental, political and economic conditions of the day.

Technological areas include structural, control, biotechnology and information and communication technology.

Home Economics

Home Economics is designed to teach students about the Food and Nutrition guidelines in New Zealand. Junior students learn about the food pyramid, healthy food choices, and important nutrients such as calcium and iron. Students will learn how to prepare and present a range of dishes, cooking once per week. Students will gain a further understanding of food hygiene and safety in the kitchen.

Students will need to have an interest in nutrition, healthy eating, preparing and presenting food.

STEM – (Science, Technology Engineering and Maths)

So what is STEM? STEM is a type of project-based learning that focuses on real-world problems. Students explore and apply science and math knowledge using the engineering design or scientific investigation process (more on that below). Students use what they learn in math and science to create a technology or present possible solutions for a problem. Technology, by the way, is anything created to meet a human want or need. A chair is technology. A pencil is technology. A multikai/hangi cooker is technology!

Outline of Programme

The STEM programme will be run in partnership between NorthTec and Tikipunga High School, using Science as a foundation for all learning.

Technology, Engineering and Maths will be integrated into the programme over the year.

The use of 21st Century teaching and learning methods will take centre stage in our STEM classroom. Students will need to stretch their thinking in order to solve problems that are connected to real world situations in their local community.

Expect to see students taking part in and leading scientific investigations that involves

    • Problem solving
    • Inquiry Learning
    • Project based learning
    • Experimentation

They will be expected to complete a mid year Science Fair project and an end of year presentation of their research projects.


Students will be mentored through the STEM class from Years 7 – 10. NorthTec and Kia Ora Hauora are our key mentor partners for 2017. Transitioning into suitable Science and Mathematical NCEA courses will be expected. Throughout their NCEA years they will be supported with NCEA Academic Counselling to help them gain Levels 1, 2 and 3 and University Entrance qualifications. Support will also be provided to assist them with their transition from Secondary to Tertiary.

What does this all mean?

STEM students will:

    •  be based in a single classroom (homeroom) and have two core teachers
    •  spend time at school and at NorthTec (accompanied by a teacher)
    •  have English integrated into every component of their STEM learning.
    •  be given a single option subject and a PE component in their weekly timetable