Year 9 students study each of the essential learning areas of the New Zealand Curriculum. These areas provide the contexts within which knowledge, key competencies and values are developed. A special feature of CGHS is that all Year 9 students study a language other than English.
The Year 10 programme continues with compulsory studies and three optional subjects.
By the end of Year 10, our students will have worked on their sense of belonging, essential skills and habits of mind that are at the heart of learning at CGHS. As a school we have created a ‘Growth Profile’ which reflects the capabilities and attributes that our students will develop within the different learning areas.
We believe that students will continue to grow and develop as they move into the senior school and we are currently working on our students’ graduate profile for when they finish their time with us.
Teaching and Learning
Differentiated programmes within the classroom start the process of academic extension. The learning Enhancement team provides assistance and extension.
All subjects provide authentic learning experiences outside the classroom as appropriate to their curriculum.
To help beginning students bond and establish new relationships, camps are held in Year 9 near the start of the school year. Another opportunity for an outdoor education experience is offered at the end of Year 10 before students enter the senior school. Curriculum areas also offer authentic learning experiences for students.
Students are encouraged to support the community. In the junior school each Ako class chooses a charity to support.
The school also supports a number of nationwide events and charities. For example, students participate in World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine and have raised over $50 000 for this organisation or support Pink Day, which raises funds for cancer research. In addition, our traditional charities, Cholmondeley Children’s Centre and Brackenridge, are supported each year.