Educational Objectives

We cater for all students from Year 9 through to Year 13.  

High educational achievement is a parallel objective of MANUKURA. The aim is to assist students to reach their full potential in sport and in education and to similarly have a sound understanding of Tikanga Maori as well as proficiency in basic Te Reo Maori. High educational standards will be promoted through:

  • Small student/staff ratios
  • Customised programmes that prepare students for tertiary study
  • Individual tuition to support academic success
  • Flexible timetables that allow for a sensible mix of study and training
  • Additional Subject choices delivered through The Correspondence School
  • Close monitoring by curriculum leaders 
  • A philosophy of excellence that permeates all aspects of the programme
  • A linking of sport and education through individualised education plans

Curriculum Delivery

Curriculum delivery is face to face by MANUKURA personnel in all subject areas.  Class sizes are small to ensure high engagement levels and strong connections exist in the learning environment.  Subjects offered are: Biology, Chemistry, English, Food Technology, Health & Physical Education, Māori Performing Arts, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Visual Art, Te Reo Māori and Te Reo Rangatira.  STAR and Gateway programmes are offered in conjunction with UCOL (Universal College of Learning) for career advancement within the Senior school. 

If any specialist subjects are not offered at MANUKURA please contact the Senior Lead Irene Pewhairangi for further information.

Numeracy and Literacy remain critical educational focus areas and MANUKURA is committed to ensuring our students are competent and confident in their academic programmes.  Therefore our small class sizes and specialist instruction in these areas ensures our students achieve.

The balance of self directed and face to face learning with the support of passionate curriculum leaders, supervisors and tutors is now a proven formula for academic excellence. MANUKURA has evolved a system over the past decade that has achieved outstanding academic results.  Each student is nurtured in their academic learning programme to ensure successful outcomes are achieved.  A culture of excellence is an expected way of operating at MANUKURA.

All students have individualised plans that reflect their broad career aspirations and needs. Individual plans assist in maintaining a positive blend between students' academic and sporting career pathways. Students individual plans are reviewed regularly to ensure they are "living documents" focused on each students' short, medium and long term outcomes.

The New Zealand Curriculum specifies eight learning areas: English, the arts, health and physical education, learning languages, mathematics and statistics, science, social sciences, and technology.

The learning associated with each area is part of a broad, general education and lays a foundation for later specialisation. Like the key competencies, this learning is both end and means: valuable in itself and valuable for the pathways it opens to other learning.

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In English, students study, use, and enjoy language and literature communicated orally, visually, or in writing.

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In the arts, students explore, refine, and communicate ideas as they connect thinking, imagination, senses, and feelings to create works and respond to the works of others.

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In health and physical education, students learn about their own well-being, and that of others and society, in health-related and movement contexts.

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In learning languages, students learn to communicate in an additional language, develop their capacity to learn further languages, and explore different world views in relation to their own.

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In mathematics and statistics, students explore relationships in quantities, space, and data and learn to express these relationships in ways that help them to make sense of the world around them.

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In science, students explore how both the natural physical world and science itself work so that they can participate as critical, informed, and responsible citizens in a society in which science plays a significant role.

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In the social sciences, students explore how societies work and how they themselves can participate and take action as critical, informed, and responsible citizens.

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In technology, students learn to be innovative developers of products and systems and discerning consumers who will make a difference in the world.

Study support

Term 4 is dedicated to NCEA external examination preparation.  Each student is provided with a specific timetable of tutorials to support their examination needs.  All students engaged in NCEA examinations from Years 9-13 are well prepared for this important aspect of education.

Study support and direction can be found on the following website Study It.

NCEA and other relevant educational material

Check out TKI for up to date educational information and resources outlining NCEA and how it works.

At MANUKURA we provide all students, including Years 9 & 10, opportunities to complete NCEA internal and external assessments.  


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