In Year 9 boys are placed in one of four parallel ability form classes in which they will cover all core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, a second language, Physical Education, Christian Studies, and Philosophy for Teens) as well as a wide range of arts and technology options. Opportunities for academic extension come via in-class differentiation and external competitions.
Exams at the end of Year 9 identify those who will benefit from placement in a top streamed mathematics and/or English class for Year 10. All other core subjects at year 10 are again run in four parallel ability classes. In most core subjects, boys will have the opportunity to sit some NCEA Level 1 Achievement Standards which familiarises them with this qualification system as well as giving them a good head start for their NCEA Level 1 certificate. Boys placed in the accelerated maths class will complete the entire Level 1 Maths course and will be in a position to carry on with Level 2 Maths the following year.
These two years are especially important in developing the skills and experiences that will best prepare them for the qualifications they face in the senior school. We address this need in several ways.