YEAR 7 & 8

At Waimate High School, we provide our Year 7 & 8 students with engaging and relevant learning programmes that cater to their individual needs.


Our Year 7 & 8 students are split into four Homeroom classes. Students spend 12 periods per week with their Homeroom teacher, covering the following curriculum areas:

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Social Studies

  • Māori

  • Learning Advisory


Alongside Homeroom, Year 7 & 8 students study Science and Physical Education throughout the school year.


Students get to experience three technology areas in Year 7 & 8. These are:

  • Food Technology

  • Digital Technology

  • Hard Materials


Our Year 7 & 8 students change their Arts class each term. These include:

  • Art

  • Music

  • Graphics

  • Drama


Our students are able to play a large range of sports during their time in Year 7 & 8. Some of these include:

  • Miniball

  • Soccer

  • Netball

  • Rugby

  • Cricket


We have a range of extracurricular activities on offer for our Year 7 & 8 students. Some of these include:

  • Art Club

  • Itinerant Music

  • Jump Jam

  • Physical Activity Leaders

  • PCT Challenge


Our Year 7 students head to Gunn’s Bush for two days where they build strong relationships with one another and grow their communication and teamwork skills. They also spend a day at Waihao Marae where they learn about our local history, environment and Māori games.

Our Year 8 students go to Lake Middleton for their annual camp. They spend three days participating in activities that test their resilience and co-operation skills. Some of these activities include taking part in a scavenger hunt walk with natural bivvy making, kayaking, paddleboarding, biking on the Alps to Ocean track, survivor games and orienteering.


We run a range of programmes to support our students in Year 7 & 8. Some of these include:

  • Otago Problem Challenge

  • iDeal Structured Literacy

  • Buddy Reading
  • Keeping Ourselves Safe

  • Kia Kaha


On their first day of school, our Year 7 students are split into four Peer Support groups, led by trained Year 12 Peer Support Leaders. During Term One, our Year 7 students spend their Wednesday afternoons in their Peer Support groups. Each of their sessions are linked to our school values. They participate in a range of games and activities that are designed to help the Year 7 students get to know one another, grow their confidence and develop relationships with the older students.

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