Academic Programmes 

Tararua College offers a wide range of subjects within innovative programmes. These provide many different learning opportunities for students to gain qualifications in both conventional academic and vocational courses, and cater for all levels of ability. 

As part of the normal classroom programmes there are extension and remedial programmes. 

Before making a final decision students (and parents/caregivers) should talk to as many people as possible. These people include the Deans, Careers Adviser, Guidance Counsellor, teachers in a particular subject area, the teacher-in-charge of curriculum, the Deputy Principals, and students who have taken a particular subject. At all levels information is distributed early to help students plan their courses for the following year. 

When making selections, students should bear in mind: 
  • Their interests 
  • The subjects they like 
  • The subjects they are good at 
  • Requirements for tertiary courses 
  • Their career interests 
  • Years 9 and 10 subjects currently offered 

In Year 9 all subjects listed are compulsory. 
  • English 
  • Health and Physical Education 
  • Mathematics 
  • Science 
  • Social Studies 
  • Technology 
  • Art 
  • Performing Arts 
  • Te Reo Maori 
Year 10 Subjects: 

At Year 10, students (and parents/caregivers) should choose option subjects that give a broad educational base. It is a mistake to specialise too early. Most subjects can be picked up at Year 11. The main advantage in taking an option in Year 10 is that these students may have preference in Year 11 if the student numbers wanting to take a particular subject exceed the maximum number of places available. 

In Year 10, the following subjects are compulsory.
  • English
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Year 10 Options: (Choose three) 
Students must choose three option subjects from the list and choose a fourth subject in case one of the three option subjects is unavailable. 
  • Drama 
  • Economics 
  • Food Technology 
  • Primary Industries
  • Digital Technology 
  • Materials Technology 
  • Music 
  • Technology Drawing 
  • Te Reo Maori 
  • Textiles 
  • Visual Art 
Tararua College Junior Diploma
In 2015, we are introducing the Tararua College Junior Diplomas. There will be a Tararua College Junior Diploma (Y9) and a Tararua College Junior Diploma (Y10).

All students in Years 9 and 10 will be expected to earn junior credits towards these diplomas. 

  • Encourage students to focus on the STRIVE values, by pursuing academic success in the Junior School. (Aim to achieve Merits and Excellences).
  • Bring the Junior School programme in line with the Senior NCEA programme. 
  • Allow parents and students to become familiar with the language and work expectations around NCEA in the Senior School. 
  • Teach junior students to track their academic progress, during mentor time, in the same way that seniors are. 
  • Encourage junior students to develop good habits and to take responsibility for their own learning.

How Does it Work? The Bottom Line
In order to attain the Year 9 and Year 10 Junior Diplomas, students need to achieve a MINIMUM of 80 junior credits at the appropriate level throughout the year.

How Does it Work? Endorsements
Junior Diploma Endorsements - If a student gains 50 junior credits at Excellence, their Junior Diploma will be endorsed with Excellence. Likewise, if a student gains 50 junior credits at Merit (or Merit and Excellence), their Junior Diploma will be endorsed with Merit.

Junior Course Endorsement - provides recognition for a student who has performed exceptionally well in an individual course. Students will gain an endorsement for a course if, in a single school year, they achieve:
  • 60% or more junior credits at Merit or Excellence, and
  • at least 3 of these junior credits from an examination or formal test. (Note, this does not apply to Physical Education).
Students achieving Junior Diploma Endorsements or Junior Course Endorsements will be acknowledged at the Junior Prizegiving in December.

How Does it Work? Moving to NCEA 1
Note that junior credits and Junior Diplomas do not provide a guaranteed entry into a specific NCEA course. Departments will be clear about what curriculum level the junior credits are being earned at and about the curriculum level requirements for specific NCEA courses. For example, if a student earns 80 junior credits in Year 10, but is working at Curriculum level 4, they are not likely to cope in a 101 course (Curriculum level 6) . Course descriptions in option booklets will clearly identify the curriculum level students need to be working at in order to enter the various NCEA courses.

Reporting to Students & Parents
The report format will align closely with the current senior subject reports.

Junior reports will include the following information:
  • Topic name, assessment name, grade awarded and junior credits attached.
  • Where final grades have yet to be awarded, but the work is under way, an indicative/progress grade should be shown.
  • ‘Next Steps in the Curriculum’. This will focus on providing students with specific actions to take in order to improve learning. 
  • A statement about the students ‘Readiness to Learn’ attributes.

Graduation reports will be discontinued. Feedback to students and parents about the students’ Readiness to Learn (ie Attitude, Behaviour, Homework, Equipment) will be provided at the top of the academic reports.