The senior years at John McGlashan College are epitomised by choice. There are exciting and rewarding options available for everyone. Not only are there a wide range of qualification pathways that can be taken, but within each, there are also many options and subjects to select from.
The students that we have seen coming through the junior school (years 7-10) at the College are well placed to take the next developmental steps, that is, their national and/or international qualifications. Content knowledge, conceptual understandings, contextual learning, and key skill competencies have been planned for and designed with NCEA and the International Baccalaureate in mind. The senior school is an extension of the high quality, innovative teaching available in the junior school.
Boys are encouraged at all year levels to familiarise themselves with the choices they will need to make regarding future courses and career pathways. Parental involvement with this process is vital and we encourage your input at all times to assist us in finding the best possible pathway for your son.
The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the main national qualification for secondary school students in New Zealand. NCEA is recognised by employers and used for selection by universities and polytechnics, both in New Zealand and overseas.
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is for students aged 16-19. The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
The agribusiness programme will prepare the best and brightest students for careers in the primary sector. It is offered at NCEA Levels 2 and 3 and is designed for students who excel in science and commerce subjects. This academic course exposes students to the wide range of skills required and the opportunities available in the primary sector beyond the farm gate.
The purpose of Gateway is to enable schools to provide senior students (years 11–13+) with opportunities to access structured workplace learning that has a formalised learning arrangement set in the workplace, specified knowledge and skills that a student will attain, and specified assessment methods (workplace learning).