Curriculum

The Mountainview curriculum is structured to develop the whole person as they take their journey through their secondary education.

Years 9 and 10 provide a breadth of subjects which allow students to explore their interests and undertake a wide curriculum experience. Upon reaching the first year of NCEA, students are still encouraged to keep a broad subject base, before specialising further in their senior years.

The Junior School subjects are divided into core and option subjects. Core subjects are compulsory. English, Science and Mathematics are compulsory at Year 11, only English is compulsory in Year 12, with no compulsory subjects in Year 13.

Alongside traditional academic and vocational pursuits, students are provided with a broad range of co-curricular activities which encourage development in sporting and cultural fields. This recognises their importance in a person’s long term development. Health education and careers advice are also available to all students. For accelerant learners, outreach courses from Canterbury University, Lincoln University and the University of Otago are available to our Year 13 students.

Subject selection interviews and parent teacher meetings ensure that we are working together to ensure that the relevant curriculum choices are made for every child to reach their full potential.

When planning a course of study it is advisable to seek guidance from group teachers, whānau leaders and careers staff. Contact the school and arrange a meeting to assist you in your decision making process.

Key Competencies

The student culture at Mountainiview High School is founded on the key competencies contained in the New Zealand Curriculum.

“Key competencies are the capabilities people have, and need to develop, to live and learn today and in the future.”
(New Zealand Curriculum)

  • Thinking
  • Relating to Others
  • Using language, symbols and texts
  • Managing Self
  • Participating and Contributing

These competencies are looked for in our Mountie Values:
Respectful, Responsible, Ready to Learn, Resilient
Whakaute,  Takohanga,   Rite ki te ako,     Manahau

Respectful
  • Be Polite to teachers and students by using well-mannered and appropriate language.
  • Be Considerate by thinking about how our actions might affect other people.
  • Be Supportive by providing encouragement and help to others.
  • Be Aware of our school environment, how we use digital technology, other cultures, and appreciate diversity.
  • Be Tolerant of the beliefs, viewpoints and differences of others.
  • Be Understanding of the feeling of other people and show good judgement.
Responsible
  • Be Committed to having and wearing the school uniform with pride.
  • Be Organised by completing all class work, homework and assessments on time.
  • Be Trustworthy by showing that you are reliable and by keeping your promises.
  • Be Honest by always telling the truth, correcting your mistakes and having integrity.
  • Be An Independent Learner by being motivated, resourceful and managing your time wisely.
  • Be Conscientious by always doing what you are supposed to be doing.
Ready to Learn
  • Be Equipped for every lesson by having your device ready and charged, books, stationery and PE gear.
  • Be Focused in class by getting plenty of sleep the night before, concentrating and avoiding distraction.
  • Be Engaged by setting your own learning goals and giving classroom activities your full attention and interest.
  • Participate actively by taking part in all classroom activities as well as taking advantage of extra-curricular activities.
  • Be Motivated by taking ownership of your own learning and learning from your mistakes.
  • Be Positive by having the right attitude and by focusing on the good results of your hard work.
Resilient
  • Be Determined by having a purpose and being intent on achieving your goals and overcoming obstacles.
  • Be Adaptable by being open to new ideas and concepts and by being flexible when things change.
  • Don’t Give Up by continuing to try when things are difficult, using failure as a stepping stone to success and by focusing on your end goal.
  • Be Persistent by developing good work habits and by sticking at a task despite difficulty.
  • Be Resourceful by having the ability to find your way around difficulties and by being inventive and creative.
  • Be Courageous by not allowing yourself to be deterred despite being scared. Be prepared to follow your passion.

NCEA and Qualifications

Mountainview High School provides comprehensive courses of study at NCEA Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Scholarship.

To view in other languages head to http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/qualifications/ncea/understanding-ncea/how-ncea-works/video/