Year 9 - 10 Diploma

Education Year 1 to 10

Education Year 1 to 10

YEAR 1 -6

Success achieved through Innovation, Determination and Courage

“Ma te hiringa, Ma te auahatanga, Ma te maia, Ka eke ki te pae o te angitu”

Tongariro School – Primary, offers a very warm welcome to all visitors to our site, especially to our families who will be associated with our school over the next few years. We are committed to providing high quality whole child education, inspiring children to become confident, connected, actively involved lifelong learners.

Parents and new entrants are made to feel part of the school by allowing them to become familiar with classroom teachers and their routines before beginning school. On Friday mornings, 4 year olds are able to attend sessions with a New Entrant teacher. An information pack is given to all new parents.

We strive to provide

  • An education where all childrens needs are catered for
  • Experiential learning opportunities, camps, trips, visits
  • Excellent behaviour through a firm but friendly behaviour plan
  • A friendly professional atmosphere
  • Education that uses and reflects our local environment and culture

Parents are invited to the school at least twice a year to discuss their children’s progress with classroom teachers. Open days, sports days, class excursions are all further opportunities to see the children in a working environment.

Each child has a Learning Profile which is a record of progress in all essential learning areas and areas of key competencies. Learning Profiles and a written report are issued at the end of each year.

We believe that the early school years are ones in which basic patterns of learning are laid. Good patterns depend on good attitudes to learning. We encourage parents/caregivers to take an interest in their child's school life.

Talk, listen and read to your child to develop his/her reading readiness. When he/she brings home books please show an interest.

From time to time your child may have homework. This may be written language, spelling, mathematics, or a book to be read, or for you to read to your children.


YEAR 7 & 8

Success achieved through Innovation, Determination and Courage

“Ma te hiringa, Ma te auahatanga, Ma te maia, Ka eke ki te pae o te angitu”

At Tongariro School in Years 7-8 quality learning experiences are essential. We provide programmes based on Inquiry learning where co-constructivism is encouraged, thus promoting excellent work ethics and standards.

To achieve this students are taught by a team of dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers who deliver balanced programmes covering key competencies. We expect your child to make progress and engage in the learning process.

Features of our programmes are:

  • Homeroom teachers providing core curriculum delivery using inquiry and co-constructivism
  • Focus on Numeracy and Literacy
  • Catering for individual needs using target groups, Toe by Toe, Stride Ahead and Stairways
  • Special Needs
  • Pastoral Care Support
  • Resource teachers of Learning and Behaviour
  • Maths Matters/New South Wales Mathematics
  • Sports
  • Technology-Food, Information and Communication, Materials –hard
  • Health and P.E
  • Cornerstone Values
  • Cognitive Thinking – De Bono
  • Visual Arts

Essential Learning Areas

  • Strong emphasis on the basic skills of reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Strong emphasis on SAUCE Model of Inquiry Learning
  • Strong Emphasis on Questioning
  • Access to a huge range of resources
  • Expert assistance on a one to one or small group basis for reading/writing difficulties
  • Encouraging all students to recognise the importance of becoming informed, confident and responsible citizens while developing skills to enable them to do so...
  • Developing and expanding students’ knowledge and understanding of culture, societies and environments in N.Z. and the world.
  • Providing opportunities for students to participate in independent, group and class skill based learning activities
  • Recognition of Maori as an integral part of some of our students lives


YEAR 9 & 10 DIPLOMA

Success achieved through Innovation, Determination and Courage

“Ma te hiringa, Ma te auahatanga, Ma te maia, Ka eke ki te pae o te angitu”

Achieving a Diploma

There are a total of 220 credits available.

152 credits are available through academic performance.

A further 68 credits are available through the Key Competencies ie (Managing Self, Relating to Others and Participating and Contributing)

Year 9 & 10 students must gain a minimum of 120 credits of which 12 credits must be gained in English, Te Reo and Mathematics (Numeracy).

Merit Endorsed Diploma:

In addition, a Merit Diploma will be awarded for achieving 55 or more credits at Merit level.

Excellence Endorsed Diploma:

An Excellence Diploma will be awarded for achieving 55 or more credits at Excellence level.

Subject Endorsement:

In addition, a subject endorsement at merit level will be awarded for achieving more than half of the available subject credits at Merit or higher level in that subject.

A subject endorsement at excellence level will be awarded for achieving more than half of the available credits at Excellence level in that subject.

Diploma Awards:

The Excellence endorsed Diplomas will be presented at the School prize giving in December.

Assessment

Each assessment has a title and a credit value.

Students will receive one of four grades.

Achieved with:

Excellence ( E)

Merit (M)

Achieved (A)

Students who get A, M, or E are awarded the credits for each standard.

Reports will indicate a ‘not submitted’ if assessments are attempted. This will create an individual consequence for the student.

Key Words:

Standards:

In the past each subject has been divided into units of work with general titles.

Subjects are now divided into strands with specific success criteria to pass each strand.

Credits:

These are the number of points you can get when you are successful in a standard.

Each standard will have a set number of credits which counts towards the diploma total.

Endorsement:

This is used to high light students who pass standards at a high level. This can happen within subjects and the overall diploma

Reporting:

Parents will be informed of the number of credits achieved by each student each term.

Year 9 & 10 Diploma

Students will earn credits for their achievements in the class and for participating in activities outside the class.

Subject Credits:

There are 5 credits each term in Maths, English and Te Reo and all other subjects offer 4 credits per term.

For example: Term One Maths

This means there are 2-3 formal assessments to work towards.

Each assessment will have a definite Due Date for when the work must be completed by, as well as Success Criteria which informs the student of what is required to achieve the standard.

For example: Term One Mathematics

Description Credits

Number 1

Measurement 1

Probability 1

Geometry 1

Maths Exam 1

Total 5

This means there are 4 formal assessments to work towards.

Each assessment will have a definite Due date, for when the work must be completed by, as well as Success Criteria which informs the student of what is required to achieve the standard.

Key Competencies / Tongariro School Learner Profile

Students can gain an extra 68 credits through displaying the Key Competencies of the Tongariro School Learner Profile.

These are not rated merit or Excellence but do count towards the overall diploma total.

The Academic and Pastoral Dean and teachers will evaluate the overall performance of each student in regard to extra-curricular commitment to the school and the milestone indicators of an effective leaner: (This is an example of what students may gain credits for)

Key Competency: Managing Self = 23 credits

Learning

I am self motivated

I learn from my mistakes

I have high expectations

I seek solutions to problems

Behaviour

I manage time and resources wisely

I work effectively, independently and in a group

I am reliable and resilient

I am self-disciplined

Key Competency: Relating to Others = 23 credits

I practise the Cornerstone Values

I take responsibility for my actions and accept consequences

I take pride in myself,

I take pride in my school

I take pride my community

I can be assertive in a verbal and non-verbal way

Key Competency: Participating and Contributing = 22 credits

I am a team player

I celebrate and reflect my cultural identity and that of others

I accept leadership roles

I relate well to others

I involve myself in a range of activities in and out of school

I try out new roles

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS DAY:

Students who have been signed off as being up-to-date with their school work at the end of every term by ALL their teachers will attend an Acknowledgements Day early in Term Two, Three and Four.

If a student’s work is judged to be not up-to-date, they could complete catch up work over the holiday break and present this work within the first day of the following term to their teacher(s) to be signed off. This would enable them to be eligible for the Acknowledgements Day.

Catch up Day:

Those students who do not qualify for Acknowledgement Days will remain at school to do catch up work. This is not a punishment, but rather an opportunity to cover and complete work that has been missed.

NOTE: Attendance at these days is compulsory and is a formal school day. The uncompleted work will be identified by their teachers and discussed with their wh?nau in order for the work to be submitted.


Performance review:

Students who fail to achieve a diploma award will have their performance reviewed. If the review indicates a reasonable level of effort and commitment, the student may progress to the next level.

If the review indicates a lack of effort and commitment, they may not automatically progress to the next year level. On a case by case basis, the following will take place.

  • in conjunction with students and parents, a plan is developed that will address the issues and make it unlikely that the poor performance will be repeated.
  • The student may be asked to attend a final catch up programme in the summer holidays. At the successful completion of this, they will be promoted to the next year level.
  • Where a student fails to complete a plan or a catch up programme they may have to repeat some or all of their current year.