Year 7 & 8 Programmes

A3 Junior Campus 1

A3 Junior Campus 2

A3 Junior Campus 4

Homeroom Programme (15 hours):

  • English - Communicate clearly, confidently and interestingly in oral and written language.
  • Mathematics - Increase number knowledge and learn how to apply mathematics skills to everyday life.
  • Social Studies - Inquire into different cultural groups and their values and find out what is happening in the world.
  • Health - Develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes we need to become fit and healthy and get on well with others.

Specialist Programme (5 hours):

  • Art - Develop your artistic skills, originality and creativity.
  • Science - Develop scientific skills and attitudes as you try "hands on" practical science activities.
  • Music - Find out about musical theory, study the history of music and learn to play instruments.
  • Materials Technology - Learn to use workshop tools and design and make practical items that you can use at home.
  • Food and Textiles Technology - Find out about hygiene and nutrition and cook some delicious meals. Learn basic techniques to design and make items of clothing.

Semi-Specialist Programme (5 hours):

  • Physical Education - Improve your basic skills, try new games and be a good sport.
  • Drama - Learn to express ideas, feelings and experiences through movement, sound and characterisation.
  • ICT - Develop useful life skills and use ICT resources creatively.
  • Languages - Explore the language and culture of different societies.
  • Sport - Develop new skills in a wide variety of sports.

Year 9 & 10 Programmes

The Junior School Curriculum combines an in-depth approach to core subjects with a wide range of modular and optional subjects.

Year 9
Core Studies
(studied by all students)
(see list below)
Social Studies
Physical Education
Students choose four options to experience during Term I. At the end of Term I, two options are then chosen to study for the remainder of Year 9 and 10.


Year 10
Core Studies
(studied by all students)
(The two option subjects chosen in Year 9 normally continue)
Social Studies
Health & Physical Education
Many students choose to continue at least one, if not both, in Year 11.


Year 9 & 10 Option Subjects
FRENCH: A study of the French language and culture.
JAPANESE: A study of the language and culture of one of New Zealand's most important trading partners.
TE REO MAORI: Ko te putake o te maoritanga ko te reo - the taproot of Maoritanga is the language. Maori life and customs are also studied.
SPANISH: Together with learning the vocabulary and sentence structures, the students will also study the cultural aspects of greetings, family, eating and drinking, school life and the people.
PERFORMANCE MUSIC: A practically based course comprising performance, musicianship and related studies. Major participation in school musical activities will be encouraged.
ADVANCED MUSIC: Caters for students who are already playing or singing and have some theoretical background. It includes performance, musicianship and related studies. Participation in school musical activities will be encouraged. School Certificate music will be offered at the end of the fourth form to suitable students and an enrichment programme in the senior school.
VISUAL ARTS: Practical art option involves pupils in making art works. There is no written theory work but pupils are exposed to artist models as roles using exciting and creative processes.
GRAPHICS: Develops the skills and concepts of communicating ideas by using a variety of sketches and drawings. these include logos, house plans, engineering components, surveying and navigation, model making, and colour rendering.
DESIGN TECHNOLOGY A practical course that includes workshop experience and basic design. Wood, metal, plastics and glass are the materials used together with electronic components.
DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES: Develops keyboard skills which enable students to display a variety of tasks, (e.g paragraphs, letters, tabular work, advertisements) attractively and accurately. These skills are valuable for word processing and desk-top publishing.
FOOD AND TECHNOLOGY: Relates food selection and preparation to nutrition and health. The course explores food technology from product design to production and promotion.
FASHION AND DESIGN: Fashion drawing, design, construction and creative techniques are explored. Knowledge of fabrics, production, processing and promotion of textiles are also covered in practical related activities.
AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE: Aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to grow and care for plants. Half the junior course is practical and much of this is spent in the horticulture area

Please refer to the Year 9 and 10 course outline booklet for more detailed information (Available on request from the school office)

Extension and Enrichment

The achievement of students is significantly enhanced in a range of activities which provide extension and enrichment. There is a vast array of subject-related activities and extensions that stimulate interest and provide challenges for all students.

These include such things as debating, public speaking, the school newspaper, Hargest Science Fair, Southland Science Fair, SMAC Maths, Oracy badges, Science badges, Crest awards, various music competitions, and the Australian Maths, Science, Languages and English competitions. Hargest students consistently excel in these competitions.

The Junior Production and the Enterprise Studies programme (designed for Year 10 students) are two exciting opportunities for junior students to work as a team towards a common goal. The end result of such involvement is a great sense of personal achievement and self confidence.

Science Fair Enterprise Studies

Special Needs Education

Programmes include reading support, E.S.O.L. (English for Speakers of Other Languages) assistance, as well as referrals to appropriate outside agencies. Reader-writer assistance with examinations can be arranged.

Peer Tutoring

Peer Tutoring can be arranged for students by contacting the Deans or Mr Redmond. Year 13 students with a range of subject expertise have volunteered to help. The tutoring usually takes place in conjunction with the Study Centre on Wednesday afternoons but the system is flexible.


Teaching practices in Years 7 and 8.

Students at the junior campus benefit from consistent use of a range of high quality teaching practices.  Teachers’ planning is comprehensive.  Specific learning activities are identified for individuals and groups of students.  The composition of learning groups changes in response to ongoing analysis of nationally referenced achievement information.  Teachers always share the purpose of learning and what students need to do to achieve success.  Teachers provide students with effective feedback and with next learning steps.  Students and teachers assess the learning and conference together to set goals and plan future learning steps.  Teachers use local contexts, students’ prior knowledge and thinking tools to support students’ learning.  ERO observed good use of ICT.  A variety of teaching strategies is used to cater for a range of learning styles.  Teachers evaluate their learning programmes.  Rigorous checks are carried out by teachers in charge of learning areas to monitor the effectiveness of teaching and learning.  ERO observed high levels of student engagement with learning in classrooms.

ERO Oct 2010