Curriculum Information


Sacred Heart College provides a challenging curriculum based on The New Zealand Curriculum Framework.

Students at all levels are extended academically. Students with learning difficulties are provided with appropriate support and specialist courses. Please refer to our Learning Support page for further information.

Wherever possible students are encouraged to enter national and international competitions in a variety of subjects. The College has achieved considerable success in these competitions.

There is an emphasis on students becoming self-directed learners, taking responsibility for their own study habits and task completion. Homework and assignment material are given at all levels. Teachers expect work to be completed to a high standard and handed in on time.

Years 7 and 8

Years 7 and 8 students are located in the Pompallier Block, one of the newest academic facilities within the College. They enjoy the structure of a homeroom-based learning environment, but are fully integrated into the College in curriculum matters.

The curriculum includes subject choices with specialist teachers in the Performing and Visual Arts, Technology, Languages (Spanish, Chinese, te reo Maori), Science and PE/Health.

Years 9 and 10

At Years 9 and 10, the curriculum continues to build on the foundations laid at Years 7 and 8, but with a greater reliance on individual-based learning and with separate teachers for the core as well as for specialist subjects.

In Year 10, all students follow a common course of core subjects. They also choose three options from a range of Art, ICT, Technology (Materials, Food or Design) Commerce, Languages (te reo Maori, Spanish, Chinese), Music, Visual Literacy Drama and Global Studies.

In Year 10, some students are chosen to be accelerated in a combination of Mathematics, English and Science.

For boys selected for the Sports Institute, this comprises one of their options (three lessons per week) for Rugby and Football. All other Sports Institute sports happen outside of the timetabled day.

Years 11 to 13, NCEA Levels 1 to 3

In Year 11, students enter National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 1. Able students are offered the opportunity of working at different levels of the NCEA framework.

In Years 12 and 13, many courses are available covering the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and NCEA Levels 2 and 3. Able students are offered the opportunity to work at a higher NCEA level than that of their peers.

Religious Education

Underpinning the curriculum at all levels are the courses offered in Religious Education, which is a compulsory core subject at Sacred Heart College. The College also offers Achievement Standards in Religious Education under NCEA at Levels 1, 2 and 3.

Further Information
If you require further information on the curriculum you can contact Mr Jason Cornford, Director of the Academic Institute. Email jcornford@sacredheart.school.nz