Curriculum Information

Years 7 & 8

The home room teacher is responsible for much of the curriculum in subjects such as English, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science.

During the year students receive specialist teaching in:

  • Music
  • Art
  • Drama and dance
  • Language – Spanish, Mandarin or Japanese
  • Technology Subjects – Food, Fabric, Digital Technology

(All students in Year 7 will receive tuition in basic Information Technology as part of their normal curriculum studies).

Year 7 & 8 Te Reo is embedded in the Y7 & 8 curriculum areas so student gain exposure to a wide range of language in the different curriculum areas they study.

The following information is to help parents/caregivers and students with their Course planning.

If you have any questions regarding the Courses please contact the Deans on deans@orewacollege.nz to make an appointment with the Dean.

Year 9

Year 9 students are placed in a Form class which they will stay together in for the duration of their time.

At this level the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education and Financial Literacy are taught by specialist teachers.

In the supported studies students are in a homeroom situation having the same teacher for their core subjects.

All Year 9 students choose from Languages, Arts and Technology, there is also a speciality PE class.

Year 10

As a preparatory year for NCEA Level 1 all students continue a common core of five subjects: English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education.

In addition they select a combination of half year or full year options from the following:

  • Technology
  • Arts
  • Languages: Spanish, Mandarin, Maori
  • There is also a specialty PE Class

To provide an achievable goal and motivation for Middle School students we have a formal Graduation from the Middle School into the Senior School at the end of Year 10.

We expect all students will achieve the required attributes as they progress through the College. All students should be able to graduate irrespective of their academic ability.

The graduation criteria will include:

  • Knowledge and Skills
  • Self Management

Students who do not reach the required criteria may not graduate into the Senior School and will repeat Year 10.

For more information for parents/caregivers on NZQA please click here


In the senior school, students select from a broad and balanced learning programme.

In selecting a programme of study students need to consider:

  • Their interests and abilities?
  • Which subjects they enjoy the most.
  • The skills they have and would like to develop.
  • Their future career interests.
  • Any subject requirements (prerequisites) at the next level.

For more information for parents/caregivers on NZQA please click here