Programmes

As far as possible, the college provides courses and subjects to meet the needs and preferences of students and their parents. There are, however other factors which influence a student's choice of course and subjects. These include Ministry of Education regulations, external examination prescriptions, staffing, timetabling and the student's achievement and progress.

 

Young student at work

Year 7 & 8

Students in the intermediate years are based in classes with a Homeroom Teacher who generally covers the core curriculum areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Physical Education.


In Year 7 students also take nine specialist modules of twelve weeks each, which include Art, Biotechnology, Health, Information Technology, Language, Maori, Music, Performance, and Structures & Mechanisms.


In Year 8 students take eight specialist modules of nine weeks each, including Art, Food Technology, Information Technology, Languages, Māori, Materials Technology, Music & Performance.

 

Year 9

All students take the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education and Health for the full year.


Students also take eight specialist modules of nine weeks each, including Art, Electronics, Food Technology, Languages, Māori, Materials Technology, Music & Performance.

 


Year 10

All students take English, Health, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science and Social Studies for the full year.


Students will also choose three options per half year from: Art, Economics, Electronics, Food Technology or Biotechnology, Graphics, Languages, Materials Technology, Māori, Music & Performance.


 

MAC students playing netball

Year 11

All students study six subjects leading towards NCEA Level 1. English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and Lifeskills are compulsory at this level.


Two other subjects are chosen from Art, Computer Studies, Drama, Electronics, Economics, Food Technology & Nutrition, Geography, History, Graphics, Materials Technology and Music.


The subjects available in any one year will depend on demand, timetabling constraints and availability of staff.


 

Year 12

All students study six subjects leading towards NCEA Level 2.  English (Literature, Media or Communication) and Mathematics (Mathematics, Statistics, Modelling or Core Mathematics) are compulsory at this level.


Four other subjects are selected from Art, Biology, Business Administration & Computing, Chemistry, Computer Studies, Design, Drama, Economics, Geography, History, Music, Outdoor Pursuits, Physical Education, Physics, Science, Stylish Food & Service, Technology, Travel & Tourism.


The subjects available in any one year will depend on demand, timetabling constraints and availability of staff.


 

Year 13

Students may study up to six subjects leading to NCEA Level 3. There are no compulsory subjects at this level. A combination of Level 2 and Level 3 subjects may be chosen.

The subjects available include Art (including Painting, Photography, or Design), Biology, Café Culture, Chemistry, Computer Studies, Design Technology, Drama, Economics, English (Literature or Mass Communication), Enterprise, Geography, Graphics, History, Mathematics (Calculus or Statistics/Modelling), Music, Outdoor Pursuits, Physical Education, Physics and Science.


The subjects available in any one year will depend on demand, timetabling constraints and availability of staff.


All Year 13 students are involved in the Students In The Community programme.


 

MAC students rock climbing

Outdoor Education

The college has an active outdoor education programme as part of the curriculum. This starts with camps at Year 7 to 10 levels:

In Year 7 students experience a kiwi-style outdoor camp at Pounawea on the Catlins Coast.

In Year 8 students mountain bike parts of the Central Otago rail trail and learn about the local goldfields history.

In Year 9 students participate in an outdoor activity week including rock-climbing, water based adventures, and an overnight tramp.

In Year 10 students visit Christchurch for a unique city experience.

In Years 12 and 13 the college offers one of the leading Outdoor Education programmes in New Zealand which incorporates activities that make particular use of the Wanaka environment - bushcraft, snowsports, rock climbing, mountain-craft and water skills, with students gaining credit towards NCEA qualifications.


There are many outdoor based extra-curricular opportunities available to students including rock-climbing and kayaking clubs, multi-sports, tramping and Sunday outdoor pursuits (for hostel students only).


 

Sport

A variety of after-school sports are available, mainly through local clubs and utilising the excellent sports grounds / gymnasium / pool complex. In addition the college participates in two annual quadrangular sports tournaments.


 

Students In The Community

This programme enables senior students to undertake a full year course involving two hours service to the community each week (more information, click here). Students work with people in the community who need help:

  • The young
  • The elderly
  • The differently abled
  • Others in need
Gateway

 


Students in the Workplace

Local students may take part in a work experience programme designed to ease the transition from school into the workplace. The college will also be participating in the pilot Gateway programme in 2007.

 



Distance Learning

A range of distance learning options are available for courses not available at the college. These include the Correspondence School, eLearning via Otagonet, and STAR courses through local polytechnics.

 





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