Middle School

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.

  • Boys may opt into support classes in literacy and/or numeracy to ensure they have the necessary background to perform at Level 1.
  • Options are kept as broad as possible to ensure future pathways are open for as long as possible.  For instance, all boys in Year 9 are expected to take a second language - Spanish, Te Reo Maori, or German (this is especially important for boys who may wish to take up the IB Diploma course in Year 12 & 13),  and option subjects allow boys to experience other disciplines including Sports Performance, Digital Technology, Drama, Film, Sculpture, Painting, Music, Design & Visual Communication, Rural Studies, Financial Literacy, and Workshop Technology.
  • Careers education and awareness increasingly become a focus as boys progress into Year 10.  Knowing where they want to go is the starting point for negotiating the wide range of opportunity that the school provides. This involves interviews with boys and parents, inclusion of careers modules within Social Studies, and a Work Experience week.