Careers & Transition

Students are provided with information, advice, and experience they need to enable a smooth transition from school to their chosen tertiary or career pathway. We enjoy a close relationship with our community, local employers, and tertiary institutions.

For more information and tools to help students see where they are at follow the following link:

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  • Every senior student is encouraged to seek individualised career information, advice and counselling from our Careers Advisor.
  • Students can also use the computer programme Career Quest and the school Careers and Pathways website to help them access information.
  • The school maintains close contact with regional Polytechnics and Universities through their liaison officers who visit the school and visits tertiary open days.
  • All Year 10 students are given the opportunity to attend the Careers Expo and participate in The Real Game, a career focused activity.

Senior students may take short vocational courses with a range of providers through the Secondary and Tertiary Alignment Resource.

Selected senior students have the option of taking Gateway as a subject. This course blends school to study with workplace learning and experience. Assessments take place in the workplace which counts towards national qualifications.

All students have the opportunity to discuss their choice of subjects for the next year and in particular, the subjects that are needed for their academic and career pathways. Specific course counselling interviews are held with students and their parents at the end of Years 10, 11 and 12 to ensure informed subject decisions are made for the following year.

At the beginning of each term, all students decide their goals for the term as well as their long-term goals. We encourage students to work on academic and personal goals as we believe this to be an invaluable life skill.

The senior students are all given a mentor who helps them to set realistic academic and personal goals and to help them monitor their progress for the year.  They also help students with their career planning and look at what is required in order to progress down a pathway. They meet each term to support the students and to see how progress is going.

The six Vocational Pathways improve the relevance of learning for students by indicating how their learning and achievement is valued by broad sectors of the workforce. Each has been colour coded for ease of recognition to help students and teachers plan study programmes.

Students can check out on the NZQA login how they are proceeding towards getting a Vocational Pathways Award.  To receive an Award, students must gain NCEA Level 2. Within the 80 credits required to achieve NCEA Level 2, 60 of these Level 2 credits must be from the recommended standards in one or more pathways, including 20 Level 2 credits from sector related standards. 

The Award enables employers to assess whether potential employees’ skills align with their industry requirements more easily.