Careers and Transition

We have a well-developed Transition and Careers network which includes the team of teachers who specialise in this area. These teachers liaise closely with the guidance staff, Co-ordinators and the Principal and senior administrators to provide the best advice and opportunities for the individual student.

The careers team works with classes, groups and individuals to:

  • provide accurate information about careers and qualifications
  • organise speakers to talk about specific careers
  • set goals and monitor the achievement of these goals
  • set up Individual Education Programmes
  • set up Individual Vocational Programmes
  • provide advice on subjects and option choices
  • develop sound work and study skills and to monitor progress
  • co-ordinate STAR course with other training programmes
  • organise work experience

Learning and Career Plans

Learning and Career Plans (LCPs) have been developed for students to:

  • consider the range of careers available
  • help in assessing strengths and identifying the areas in which an individual can improve
  • provide teachers with information about students who need extension programmes or extra support in a subject
  • identify the reasons why a student may lack motivation and to work to solve these problems
  • ensure students study appropriate subjects

The programmes, which are monitored by form teachers, also provide the Careers Team with useful information

Gateway Scheme

Gateway is an option that can be taken at year 12 and 13 and it gives the opportunity for
students to complete a work placement in a vocation of their choice. The placement lasts for at least 5 weeks.
Students develop skills throughout the year completing volunteer work that sees:

  • Interacting with a range of people from different backgrounds.
  • Personal presentation
  • Adaptability
  • Empathy
  • Dependability

Each student can complete work in core standards that touch on:

  • Diversity
  • Discrimination
  • Dealing with sexual Harassment
  • Time management
  • Managing Stress
  • Resilience

All students are required to pass their Comprehensive First Aid Course and Basic Health and Safety.
We also offer personalised programmes in:

  • Equine
  • Retail
  • Beauty therapy
  • Hairdressing
  • Hospitality
  • Health

Year 12 and 13: Early Childhood Education - Introductory


  • Students will learn how children develop emotionally, physically, socially and cognitively. 
  • They will conduct and observation of a child in an Early Childhood Education setting.
  • Students will discover the nutritional needs of children and have practical hands on experience in making meals. 


  • Students will be introduced to the basic needs of children aged 0-5. 
  • Students will learn to meet the basic needs of children and will demonstrate an understanding of age related nutritional needs. 
  • Students will be creative in the making of age and stage appropriate resources. 
  • They will develop skills in interacting with young children and will demonstrate and knowledge of organisations relevant to ECE services in Aoteoroa/NZ.
Year 12 and 13: Early Childhood Education - Advanced


  • Explain the purpose, philosophy, structure and relevance of the NZ Early childhood curriculum Te Whariki.
  • Describe and contribute to safe practices and a safe environment for children in an ECE service. 
  • Develop reciprocal and responsive relationships with children in an ECE service.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural diversity in ECE services.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a learning plan for a child or children in an ECE service. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and apply effective communication with diverse whanau/ families in ECE services.

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