Subject Selection Guidance for Year 11, 12 and 13 Students: NCEA level 1, 2 and 3 Courses:

The goal is to carefully plan your Rautaki Ako for 2017 so that you can understand how their learning will help them achieve their goals. Work hard to pass the assessments in whatever subjects you have chosen to achieve your goals (graduation, NCEA qualifications, important skills and knowledge for beyond Taiatea). If you achieve what is set out in all of your subjects you will achieve your academic goals which will prepare you for the next stage in your life. Carefully look at what you have done, what you have achieved and what you need so that your plan is aligned to your future pathway and your dreams. PLAN CAREFULLY by looking at all the information regarding possible courses and setting out your plan term by term.

 

 

 

Year 11 Students: 

Year 11 students ? like all students at Ngâ Taiâtea, are expected to pursue personal excellence in all subject areas and submit all assessments on time.  This reflects our school value of being pono.

All Year 11 students are required to study Te Reo Mâori, Te Reo Pâkehâ and Pângarau, therefore, these courses need to be included in their plan. The aim is for all year 11 students to achieve NCEA level 1 through the courses and modules that align with their plans.

Year 11 students should opt into classes for Reo Mâori, Te Reo Pâkehâ and Pângarau that align with, and support the student?s current learning level according to the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) or Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (TMoA).

  • Typically, Year 11 relates to Level 6 of the NZC and TMoA.  Many students do not, however, fit this pattern.  They may include those with special learning needs, those who are gifted, and those for whom English is a second language.  Therefore, a Year 11 student could potentially need to be in a Level 7 in a particular subject while another Year 11 student might need to be in a Level 5 class if that is what is best for their learning.

Please note that we want to support student?s decisions in regards to the appropriate course intensity for them.

Please note: The students will need to fill in the Subject Selection Approval template. Once students have made their selections, they need to sign under each subject area to fully commit to completing all assessments to the best of their ability. Students will also need to get written approval (signature) from the subject teachers as well as their Kaiarahi to enter each course.  The final copy is to be handed to the Kaiarahi.

 

Year 12 and 13 Students: 

All students are expected to gain NCEA at their year level by the end of the year.

The Year 12 and 13 students are to choose 7 subjects from lines 1 ? 7. 

In line 7 all students will be participating in Oranga Wairua (Cultural well-being) and Oranga Tinana (Physical well-being). The only exception to this is for students who opt for extension classes:

·        Term 1: T1 Pângarau, T2 & T3 Matai Ahupungao (Physics)

·        Terms 2 & 4: T3 Pângarau, T2 Matai Matu (Chemistry)

·        Term 3: T3 Matai Matu (Chemistry)

 

NOTE: Students must apply to the Head of Department of these subjects to do the extension classes.

In line 6, most students will select ?Kia Angitu? (Integrating learning and projects). There are also extension classes offered for Kaipakihi (Business studies)/Matai Koiora (Biology) and Pangarau numeracy (Maths) at different times throughout the year.

Year 12 and 13 students need to gain a minimum of 10 credits in each subject area the previous year in order to progress to the next level. Entry is not automatic if the student has gained 10 credits.  They will still need to meet with the subject teacher to get approval.

If you need to go into a class and you don?t have the requirements, you need to meet with the subject teacher and Kaiarahi to see if this is a possibility.

Year 12 and 13 students may also opt into Taumata 1 or 2 modules offered if agreed upon by the Kaiarahi and the module teacher. The key is that everything that a student does at school supports her/his future plan.

All students will need to continue selecting Pângarau as one of their subjects until they have 10 level 1 numeracy credits. Students cannot gain NCEA Level 1, level 2, level 3 or University Entrance if they do not have these 10 level 1 numeracy credits.

Students can go into T1 Maths to get certain credits then go back to the T2 option class. Please note, there are some numeracy standards in other subjects like science and business and students do not necessarily need to do Maths to gain numeracy.  It is important for students to investigate this possibility with their kaiarahi and the relevant subject teacher.

Takere Hapori: Students can also study a Correspondence Course or tertiary level course in lines 4 or 5 under Takere Hapori if they require a subject that is not offered at Ngâ Taiâtea.  This is subject to the commitment of the student to succeeding in the desired course and whether the student has the proven self-management attitude to study independently.  Student enrolment into this course is subject to approval from Whaea Mel and Matua Duane.

The Year 12 and 13 students are part of the Whânau Ararau where the focus is on supporting and guiding students so that they are fully prepared for and connected to their post Taiâtea pathway. Our goal is that our students will have a deep knowledge in their chosen field before graduating from Taiâtea due to learning that is self-determined and relevant.

The Year 12 - 13 programme focuses on real world experiences and these students will have a mentor in the chosen field and undertake a mahinga wheako (work experience placement) with a community organisation that aligns to the student?s goals and passions. The responsibility for securing the mahinga wheako is the student?s. The student will be supported and guided, but the emphasis is on the student to take responsibility for securing the mahinga wheako as well as ensuring that they fulfil the responsibilities related to this. Students will learn from adults in the field and be able to make informed decisions about their post Taiâtea pathway. If after completing their mahinga wheako they see that they do not like the realities that are evident in the ?real? situation, they can investigate other areas. If they see that they like the realities of the ?real? situation, they have the opportunity to develop deep knowledge regarding the field they have chosen, hone their focus and gain real world knowledge and expertise in the chosen area before graduating secondary school.

In regards to the Takere Aronui, students have the opportunity to choose the modules that will develop their knowledge and expertise regarding their chosen area and ensure that the choices they make best prepare them for their post -Taiâtea pathway.

Students choose the combination of courses or modules that will support their future plan and aspirations.

Examples are:

  • A Year 12 student wants to be a doctor: Basic courses to support their post Taiatea goals are; Takere Aronui (Taiâtea Courses): T2 Biology, T2 Physics, T2 Chemistry, T2 Reo Rangatira, T2/3 Kia Angitu. Takere Hapori: Mahinga wheako at Waikato Hospital.
  • A Year 13 student wants to go into the armed forces: Takere Aronui: T3 Hauora, T3 Kaiurungi, T1-3 Tu Taua, Taiohi Tu, Reo Rangatira- Takere Hapori: Mahinga wheako with the army recruitment office.

Please note: The students will need to fill in the Subject Selection Approval template. Once students have made their selections, they need to sign under each subject area to fully commit to completing all assessments to the best of their ability. Students will also need to get written approval (signature) from the subject teachers as well as their Kaiarahi to enter each course.  The final copy is to be handed to the Kaiarahi.

Qualifications: NCEA Requirements: Ka Taea e Koutou Katoa!

Level 1

80 credits are required at any level (level 1, 2 or 3)

+Level 1 Literacy 10 credits at level 1 or above 5 Reading and 5 Writing

+Level 1 Numeracy 10 credits at level 1 or above

Level 2

60 credits at level 2 or above

+20 credits from any level

+level 1 Literacy and Numeracy

Level 3

60 credits at level 3 or above

+20 credits from level 2 or above

+level 1 Literacy and Numeracy

University Entrance

NCEA level 3

14 credits in 3 approved level 3 subjects

Literacy ? 10 credits at level 2 or above (5 Reading and 5 Writing)

Numeracy ? 10 credits at level 1 or above

NCEA Subject Endorsement:  Students should be aiming to achieve subject endorsement -  (14 credits at merit or excellence including some credits from externals) in each subject.

 

NCEA with Merit or Excellence (Endorsement):  There are major opportunities in the world if a student?s gains NCEA level 1, 2 or 3 with either merit or excellence endorsement.  If you gain 50 merit or excellence credits at the NCEA level, you will receive NCEA with merit or excellence.

Setting Goals: How your NCEA rank score is calculated

Your rank score is based on your best 80 credits at Level 3 or higher over a maximum of five approved subjects. These credits are then weighted by awarding points based on the level of achievement ? Excellence (4 points), Merit (3 points) or Achieved (2 points) ? attained in each set of credits.

A maximum of 24 credits are counted for each approved subject. The maximum rank score is 320. Approved subjects are determined by NZQA.
If you achieve less than 80 credits, the rank score will be based on your total Level 3 credits gained over a maximum of five approved subjects and weighted by the level of achievement.

Credits obtained in required subjects do not have to be among the best 80 credits used to calculate the rank score.

NCEA Level 3 credits achieved before Year 13 can be counted towards the 80 best credits used for ranking.

 

Choosing your Subjects:  Look carefully at the subject lines on the next page and choose your subjects for 2017.  You need to remember that although you choose a subject, the TEACHER needs to GIVE PERMISSION for you to join the class.  Carefully investigate what is offered in the course before choosing.  You also need to fully commit to submitting work on time, and to the best of your ability.