Year 7 & 8 Curriculum

Year 7 and 8 students are taught in composite classes. The curriculum is taught over a two-year cycle using an integrated approach. Each Integrated class (INST) follows an odd and even year programme to ensure coverage of the New Zealand Curriculum. This also allows for flexibility and opportunities to teach in context for local and national events. Each INST class is taught:

Guided Reading 4 hours per week
Writing 4 hours per week
Social Sciences 3 hours per week
Numeracy 4 hours per week


The following subjects are offered at Year 7 and 8 levels:

Full Year Courses

Trimester Courses

English * Food & Fabric Technology
Social Studies * Music
Mathematics Te Reo Maori
Physical Education Visual Arts
Science Wood Technology
(* Taught as Integrated Studies)


Celebrating Excellence

Te Kauwhata College is proud of its successes and enjoys celebrating student achievement through a number of prizegiving ceremonies. Sporting excellence is recognised in our annual Sports Awards Evening which is held in November. An Arts Excellence Awards Evening is held in October which is also an opportunity for students to showcase their artistic talents. A Junior Prizegiving is held on the last day of the school year.

Year 7 and 8 students have the opportunity to gain a Junior Diploma at an Achieved (Bronze), Merit (Silver) or Excellence (Gold) level.  Attainment is based on attendance, effort and commitment to learning.


Reporting and Parent/Teacher Interviews

Reports giving information about students’ progress are issued in March, June and December.  We also arrange parent/teacher interview evenings during the year.

Teachers and Deans are happy to meet with parents/caregivers at other times throughout the year to discuss any particular concerns they may have about their students.