Academic

At Rotorua Boys’ High School, we aim to provide a challenging, varied and dynamic learning environment that is authentic and responsive for all students.

Our paramount focus is ensuring that all students achieve their academic potential. We strive for excellence in academic pursuits.

“Overall student achievement in NCEA is well above the national comparisons and averages for similar schools”.

“The school effectively uses student achievement information to make positive changes to learners’ engagement, progress and achievement”.

- Education Review Office (ERO)

Curriculum

“A thorough approach to curriculum review effectively promotes and supports student learning. A diverse and contextualised curriculum is based on student needs and interests”.

- Education Review Office (ERO)

Rotorua Boys' High School recognises the importance of delivering a curriculum which is tailored to the needs of our community and our students. The school embraces the New Zealand Curriculum as a framework for developing meaningful and effective programmes of learning for our students. Our learning programmes are designed to encourage students to become self directed learners who take ownership for their own learning and feel encouraged to extend themselves.

The pathways provided for assessment and achievements through NCEA are the basis for curriculum structures in the senior school.

Rotorua Boys’ High School leverage device based learning to deliver our curriculum in a manner that will improve student engagement and encourage self-directed learning. Parents, families and whānau are able to form stronger connections with our school and their son’s learning. Rotorua Boys’ High School is committed to allowing responsible, learner-centred use of digital devices at our school.

Students in Year 9 work towards their Junior Certificate. The Junior Certificate works on a similar model to NCEA with students earning credits throughout the year in their classes and aiming to achieve 80 credits to gain their Junior Certificate. If they achieve 50 credits at Merit or better they receive a Merit Certificate and 50 credits at Excellence gains them an Excellence Certificate.

Year 9 Curriculum

At Year 9 students study English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Health, Leadership and Social Studies (apart from the bilingual class who study Te Reo Māori instead). In addition, Year 9 students study eight short course subjects to give them a full appreciation of the breadth of curriculum Rotorua Boys’ High School has to offer. Short courses run for one term.

Year 9 short courses: Art, Business Tourism, Chinese, Design and Visual Communication, Digital Technology, Te Reo Māori, Music and Technology.

Year 9 New Student Information

Year 9 Tane Raukura Camp Letter 2020

Students in Year 10 work towards their Junior Certificate. The Junior Certificate works on a similar model to NCEA with students earning credits throughout the year in their classes and aiming to achieve 80 credits to gain their Junior Certificate. If they achieve 50 credits at Merit or better they receive a Merit Certificate and 50 credits at Excellence gains them an Excellence Certificate.

Year 10 Curriculum

At Year 10 students study English, Mathematics, Science Physical Education, Health, Tikanga and Social Studies (apart from the bilingual class who study Te Reo Māori instead).

In addition, students in Year 10 select three options for a full year of study. Students can choose three options, or two options and one academy class.

  • Art
  • Business Tourism
  • Chinese
  • Design and Visual Communication
  • Digital Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Music
  • Te Reo Māori
  • Technology
  • Basketball Academy
  • Football Academy
  • Hockey Academy
  • Rugby Academy

In Year 11 English and Mathematics are compulsory and students can choose three additional subjects. For detailed information on all subjects offered at our school, refer to the Rotorua Boys' High School NCEA Pathways guide.

NCEA Level 1 Pathways

Year 11 Option Form

In Year 12 only English is compulsory. Students choose four additional subjects alongside their English course. For detailed information on all subjects offered at our school, refer to the Rotorua Boys' High School NCEA Pathways guide.

NCEA Level 2 Pathways

Year 12 Option Form

In Year 13 students select five options, with no compulsory subjects. For detailed information on all subjects offered at our school, refer to the Rotorua Boys' High School NCEA Pathways guide.

NCEA Level 3 Pathways

Year 13 Option Form

In Year 11, 12 and 13 students have the choice to work towards the completion of different National Certificates.

NCEA enables students to use their credits for more than one qualification. At Rotorua Boys’ High School, we are using the metaphor of a Kete when discussing the bank of credits a student can accrue through NCEA.

NCEA Level 1 Pathways

NCEA Level 2 Pathways

NCEA Level 3 Pathways

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