General Curriculum

All students at Cromwell College study a full academic programme designed in accordance with the New Zealand Curriculum Framework. Students in Years 7 – 9 follow a course of study that includes English, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, health, performing arts/music, technology, art, world languages and Maori. In Year 10 students must study English, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education and health. In addition to these compulsory subjects, students choose two optional subjects from the following selection – art, digital technologies, graphics, food technology, workshop technology, economics, or music.

Year 11 and 12 students select 6 subjects is our 25 hour per week timetable. Senior school courses at Cromwell College follow nationally prescribed curriculum and assessment guidelines. Cromwell College is fully accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQA) to offer courses leading towards the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) at Levels 1, 2 and 3. As well as the full range of courses offered at the College, students may elect to study other courses through the New Zealand Correspondence School – Te Kura, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand (TOPNZ), or the on-line courses delivered through the NZNet Video Conference cluster.

Senior students may also enroll in carpentry, hospitality and catering, automotive and primary industries Otago Secondary Tertiary College based at the Otago Polytechnic Central Campus in Cromwell. 

Multi-level study is common, with many students electing to study a selection of courses across two or even three different levels. Courses taught at the College may change from year to year depending on student demand. Please contact us for further details.

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device programme

Our school has a high speed wireless network and teachers have been successfully using BYOD in junior classrooms in Year 7 and 8 and this is now extending into Year 9. Google Applications are utilised in classrooms involving sharing, creating, completing and editing tasks, with work stored in the cloud.  The device has also been used for internet research, communication, presentation and as a means for creating a portfolio of a student’s work.  Students still practice the craft of handwriting.

Our junior classes discuss cyber safety, how to use their devises appropriately and how to keep themselves safe online.

Senior students are encouraged to bring laptops to school with most teacher using Google Classroom and associated applications. Students requiring specialist applications for Graphics and Art are asked to talk with their class teacher. 



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