Curriculum Design and Development

Curriculum at Southland Boys’ is designed specifically with boys in mind and is centred around the New Zealand Curriculum and best practice, based on current theory.

Ability to read is directly linked to ability to access the Curriculum. We have a strong focus on literacy (reading, writing and speaking) as these are often areas where boys lack confidence.

At Years 7 and 8 students are taught in homerooms with up to 70% of their time being spent with their homeroom teacher. All subjects at Year 7 and 8 have a strong literacy focus.

At Years 9 to 10 students move from class to class, based on their subjects and their academic ability. During these years the boys start to select subjects that will lead them towards their future careers. At Years 11 to 13 there is a strong focus on NCEA and students are expected to perform to the best of their ability with their teachers’ guidance.

All students set learning goals annually and learning conversations with their teachers support them to achieve their goals.

At Southland Boys’ High School we also identify Priority Learners. These students are identified because they are likely to need more support to reach their goals because of commitments, difficulty with particular subjects, time management or in fact, for a whole range of reasons.