Junior College

The Junior College is based on a system and philosophy that focuses on ‘the skills of learning’. These are the key competencies of the National Curriculum and they take centre stage for our learners.

The Junior College is a two-year programme for students in Years 9 and 10.

Some facts about the Junior College:

  • Approximately 250 students study in the Junior College.
  • The Junior College curriculum is built on the seven essential learning areas of the National Curriculum statement. It is specifically designed to ensure that all  students have the skills to succeed in their quest for learning qualifications in the Senior College (Years 11,12 and 13).
  • The Hagley values of Tika (Integrity), Whakawirinaki (Trust), Whakamarumaru (Responsibility) and Mana (Respect) are a fundamental aspect of the Junior College.
  • A ‘points system’ rewards students for achievement in the learning skills.
  • A formal Contract of Learning is signed at enrolment. This contract is between parents, the students and the College.
  • The Junior College is based on a learning model that establishes standards and boundaries for student learning and behaviour.
  • All students participate in a “Learning to Learn” programme that supports and teaches students how to learn more effectively.
  • All students undergo a diagnostic assessment prior to interview and class placement, enabling individual needs to be planned for and met.
  • Sixty New Zealand schools have followed up on Hagley’s successful Junior College organisation.
  • Winner of the inaugural Jade Excellence Award in Education

Kete Wana – Our Basket of Inspiration, New for 2019

This new collection of subjects has resulted from an extensive review of our Junior College curriculum over the past 18 months. From consultation with students, whānau and our staff, we have developed an enormous range of subjects that are designed to give students the opportunity to explore their interests, develop their skills, and engage their passion for learning.

The new structure will see the subjects running for two sessions of 110 minutes per week for a block of 12 weeks. Students will choose six subjects in a year with most of the subjects on offer accommodating both Year 9 and Year 10 learners. There are 56 subjects on offer and they include such things as Creative Media Magic, Hard Out (competitive PE/sport), Gods, Heroes and Monsters, Living the Pai Life, Spanish, Taonga Tech Jewellery, Robo Challenge, Fashion – Make it Wear it, and Write for your Life.

Click here to view the Kete Wana subjects by Blocks and Options for 2019

Junior College FAQ’s Card

Junior College Lookbook

Get more of a feel for the Junior College by viewing our 2019 Junior College Lookbook.

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If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Lisa Amer - Junior College Administrator

(03) 379 3090 ext 884