Year 7-8

Homeroom (20 hours)

Southland Boys’ High School provides a supportive and co-operative homeroom environment that caters for the social and emotional needs of 11-13 year old students.  The homeroom teacher spends up to 80% of the day with the class and this benefits the boys as they feel comfortable and the teacher is able to grow a real relationship with all students in the class.  Our goal by the time the boys leave Year 7/8 is that they are a well-rounded student.  The school values of Responsibility, Perseverance, Respect, Honesty, Service and Compassion are pushed every day in the Year 7/8 environment.    The boys have their own play area and assembly which is run by the students.  The areas covered in the homeroom are:


A massive focus in Year 7/8 is placed on reading.  The boys work on the 10 Reading Comprehension strategies in Year 7 and develop these further in Year 8.  Grouping happens in all classes to meet the diverse needs of our learners.  We also focus on oral and written language as well as having a dedicated spelling programme.  All boys in Year 8 are expected to take part in the New Zealand Speech Board exams.

Mathematics and Statistics

These are streamed in all classes in Year 7/8.  A big focus is placed on Number knowledge and linking maths to the real world.  Our boys have opportunities to move up and down maths classes depending on their performances.  Our boys have the opportunity to enter outside competitions to see how they rank nationally and internationally.

Social Sciences

Students explore how societies work and how they themselves can participate and take action as critical, informed and responsible citizens.  A focus is placed on minor inquiry with an end result at the end of each unit.


The boys have two periods a week doing Physical Education and another two doing Health.  In Physical Education, two classes are timetabled at the same time in one of our gyms so we can use the skills of either teacher in the learning area.  Students in this subject learn about their own well-being and that of others in society, in health related and movement contexts.


ICT is linked throughout the homeroom programme.  Teachers have at least one period in our own computer room each week as well as having use of up-to-date technology and bringing it into the programme wherever we can.

Specialist Programme (4 hours)

All these subjects are taught by senior teachers and are as practical as possible relating to the subject.  Students in Year 7/8 do these subjects for 6/7 weeks, four times a week for the year.  We cover Science twice as this is a core subject and is taught in the Science labs in the senior school.

Year 7 Options
–  Science
–  Drama
–  Design Technology
–  Maori
–  Music

Year 8 Options
–  Science
–  Catering
–  Design Technology
–  Japanese
–  Music/Drama


All classes also have Art once a week in the Art room.  They are taught by a Specialist Art teacher who is a trained teacher of primary students.

What else does Southland Boys’ High School offer you in Years 7/8?

Gifted and Talented Programme

Boys are selected for their academic ability and engage in hands-on projects to improve their thinking skills.  We are the only Southland secondary school involved in a recent government initiative for GATE through the University of Canterbury.  Through this programme we identify and support our Gifted and Talented learners.

Peer Tutoring

We identify our Year 7 and 8 students whose reading requires a boost and buddy them with a Year 10, 11, 12 or 13 student trained in Pause Prompt Praise reading support.  The Year 7 and 8 students read together three times a week to support consolidation of reading skills and provide reading mileage so that the younger student retains his reading skills.  At the same time, these students form positive learning relationships.


Sport is an important part of life at Southland Boys’ High School.  We have a dedicated sports period on Friday where the boys try a number of sports.  Swimming is part of this rotation.We give all boys the opportunity to be involved in weekly sports.  We have a teacher in Year 7/8 in charge of sport and boys are informed of when they need to put their names down for team and individual sporting opportunities.


We also have interschool competitions against the best schools in Southland and Otago and provide our students with the best opportunities.  These interschools are against Balmacewen and John McGlashan and happen in both summer and winter.

Culture and the Arts

The boys have opportunities to be involved in the following groups at school:

–  Choir – Year 7/8 – Boys in Blue
–  Kapa Haka – Group performance Term 4
–  Pacific Island group – Tu Fatasie performance – Term 4
–  Production Year 7/10 – Every year with Southland Girls’ High School


Southland Boys’ High School is proud of its students.  In Years 7 and 8  we are dedicated to providing opportunities for success.  We compete in as many competitions as possible and perform with a high level of success in these.  A weekly assembly is held to celebrate the achievements and successes of our students.