Getting Started with Course Selection

The aim of this website is to provide a guide to students in planning their pathways towards further education, training and employment.

It contains a detailed list of courses to be offered at this school, along with a listing of teachers/personnel who can give you guidance with your course selections.

If you do not know what you want to do in your future, do not worry, that is extremely common. Keep your options broad.


Remember: Make your own choices 



Dear Parents and Students 

This document contains information to assist in choosing subjects in Year 11 to 13 for 2022. Information provided will assist you in helping your child to make informed choices about the pathway they need to take towards their career choice. 

A variety of information has been provided to assist students in long-term planning towards a career path.  Information about how to achieve NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 is provided.  Students are encouraged to plan their career path and locate information that will support them to achieve these goals.  Some tertiary information is provided to give an indication of subject choices that relate to some career pathways along with entry requirements to these courses.  It is important that students know about this, particularly as they enter Year 12. Vocational Pathways information provides another layer of support, linking NCEA achievement to different career paths that may be accessed through tertiary study or by directly entering the work force. 

Subject pathways need to be very carefully considered when students approach Year 11 as they will want to choose subjects that they will pursue through to Year 13. Students are encouraged to continue a broad range of subjects at this level.  

Good subject choices will be made if students consult with parents/caregivers, teachers and the careers counsellor. Student’s subject choices will initially be collated.  This information will help the school work out a timetable.  It is important that subject choices are carefully made. 

While the information in this booklet is accurate at the time of going to print, reviews by NZQA or subject teachers may result in some changes to the Achievement or Unit Standards offered for a subject.  Students are notified of the assessment programme for a subject at the beginning of term one in the new year. 

If you require further help, please contact the Dean or the Careers counsellor.
We hope that this information may start you thinking about the various options available to you.

Mrs L Covenden
Deputy Principal


Mrs Teulilo                     Principal                                                       [email protected]

Mrs Fuamatu                 Deputy Principal                                       [email protected]

Mrs Covenden              Deputy Principal                                       [email protected]


Deans/Pastoral Care

Mrs Latu                          Counsellor                                                   [email protected]

Mrs Longstaff                Nurse                                                            [email protected]

Pr Pepa                            Chaplain                                                      [email protected]

Pr Sululoto                      Chaplain                                                      [email protected]

Mr Timu                          Chaplain                                                      [email protected]

Mrs Sululoto                  Girls Dean                                                   [email protected]

Mr Tesese                       PE/Maths/Boys Dean                              [email protected]


Head of Department


Mrs Baatjies                   Science                                                         [email protected]

Mr Bingham                   PE                                                                   [email protected]

Mrs Stephens                Bible                                                              [email protected]

Mrs Dausabea               Social Sciences                                           [email protected]

Mrs Hala                          Languages                                                   [email protected]

Mr Poleki                        Mathematics                                              [email protected]











University Entrance Requirements

Students begin preparing for University Entrance from NCEA Level 1.  There will be some requirements to meet in each NCEA level, from Level 1 to 3.  



To achieve University Entrance, students must gain all of the following:


NCEA Level 3

10 Numeracy credits at level 1 or higher – either Achievement Standards OR Unit Standards

5 Literacy credits at level 2 or higher in Reading (English or Te Reo Maori).

(These are selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards).

5 Literacy credits at level 2 or higher in Writing (English or Te Reo Maori).

(These are selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards).

14 credits at level 3 or higher in subject 1 – from new achievement standards

14 credits at level 3 or higher in subject 2 – from new achievement standards

14 credits at Level 3 or higher in subject 3 – from new achievement standards




Students may receive NCEA endorsement for individual subjects.

Merit endorsement: 14 credits at merit (or a mix of Merit and Excellence) in one year.  At least 3 credits must be internal and 3 credits must be external.

Excellence endorsement: 14 credits at excellence in one year.  At least 3 credits must be internal and 3 credits must be external.




Students will require 50 credits at Excellence to gain an NCEA endorsed with Excellence, and 50 credits at Merit (or Merit and Excellence), to gain an NCEA endorsed with Merit.

Credits can be gained over more than one year and more than one level, but must be gained at the level of the certificate or above.     Eg, Level 2 credits will count towards endorsement of a Level 1 NCEA, but Level 1 credits will not count towards endorsement of a Level 2 NCEA.




How to achieve standards to gain credits:


  • Achievement Standards are assessed by internal assessment, which takes place in school throughout the year (quality assured by NZQA), and by external assessment which is assessed by NZQA at the end of the year.         The results have levels of achievement: Not Achieved (N), Achieved (A), Achieved with Merit (M) and Achieved with Excellence (E).  


  • Unit Standards are assessed internally in school or the workplace and usually assess a more vocational based skill.  They lead to a more specific qualification, eg Building and Construction Certificate.  Results are either Achieved (A) or Not Achieved (N).  


Additional Resources:

Find out as much information as you can about NCEA courses, the requirements for NCEA at each level, University Entrance requirements, approved subjects, careers, etc. by: