Vocational Pathways Programmes

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Our Vocational Pathway Programmes on Fridays are designed to help students in their career and pathway choices. Programmes include Business Studies, Sports and Leadership, Primary Industries, Music and Creative Preforming Arts, School of Cuisine, Gateway Work placements and Trades Academy Courses.

All students are encouraged to follow their vocational pathways and work to ensuring they receive accreditation for this. Correspondence School is offered to students who need a subject that we don't offer. They must be self motivated and study for periods of time on their own. 

Gateway opportunities and Star courses are offered on the Friday and students can also opt to attend Wintec for a variety of courses.

Y11—Y13 programmes provide opportunities for credits and entry level qualifications.  

Y9 and Y10 programmes focus students on their vocational options.

Y7-Y8 students undertake thematic enquiry based projects and are centered around key competencies and life skills as defined by the NZ  curriculum.

All these programmes endeavour to give students insight into further career choices based on their interests and strengths. 


Music Vocational Pathway Programme

Learning Objectives for the programme:
This programme is offered to our year 11-13 students to develop, create, build and express their musical talents through practical and theoretical activities.
In turn, music is a fundamental aspect of any culture and a greater understanding of it can provide a unique insight into a society. Along with cultural knowledge, students have the chance to develop their own practical music skills which can further enhance not only their creative and critical abilities, but the enjoyment that comes from listening to music.
The course is running in 2 parts:
NCEA music level 1-3 Correspondence Music facilitated by Te Kura Te Aho O Te Kura online
For the students who have had at least two or more years of music learning can choose to commit to this online programme. Students who are enrolled in this course are required to work independently on their selected Achievement standards. They are provided with a online tutor from Te Kura. It is the student's responsibility to monitor their own work ethic and output, reaching and achieving their individual set deadlines.
The students select from arrange of approved NZQA Achievement standards, which provide internal and external assessment opportunities.
The role of the classroom teacher is to support the student with their performance and practice. It is expected that the student comes prepared on a Friday knowing what they need to work on in order to reach their set deadlines. A workbook is provided by the Te Kura, where students have to fill out and send in certain activities every few weeks.
Please visit http://www.tekura.school.nz/subjects-and-courses/what-you-can-study/music for further information on each NCEA level course and prerequisites.
Curriculum Level Music:

For the students who have not had or have had limited experience of music learning can choose to follow a beginning level programme of music facilitated by the classroom teacher. In this programme students work individually and collaboratively to explore the potential of sounds and technologies for creating, interpreting, and representing music ideas.
As they think about and explore innovative sound and media, students have rich opportunities to further their own creative potential.
Students develop literacies in music as they listen and respond, sing, play instruments, create and improvise, read symbols and notations, record sound and music works, and analyse and appreciate music. This enables them to develop aural and theoretical skills and to value and understand the expressive qualities of music.
This programme will in turn provide beginning music students the foundations to explore NCEA level music.
Katherine Atkins — Music Teacher

Year 7 & 8 Friday Programme

The Year 7-8's continue their learning as normal every Friday. This term the students timetable is P1 Year 8 Literacy, where the students are learning to understand any text they are reading by learning how to summarise a text. The students do this by finding the topic sentence, then key words that relate to the topic sentence and then they use these key words to summarise the text. The students summarise the text by writing a summary of what the text is about.


P 1 & 2 Year 7 Literacy. Same as above

P 3 & 4 Technology, the students are completing three projects in three different groups, Group 1 with Miss Buckman is called Canvas Me. This program is about the students learning all themselves. In Look at Me: Canvas Me the students learn to discover and explore who they are, how they connect to their families/whanau, community and school.

Group 2: Mrs Sammons: Papermaking

The students are learning to make paper and create different types for specific uses. The students complete an inquiry into making paper, where they design what paper they are going to making, for whom, and using for the type of paper they created.

Group 3 : Whaea Christine: School Identity Group

The students are learning to create a unique identity for our school. This unit was been developed because a group of Y7 & 8 students at Piopio College believe that visitors to our school do not see who we truly are and what we value and aspire to. The students are creating another way of showing who we truly are, what we value and aspire to. Recently the students worked with David Wild a designer from KS Design. David will be discussing the students ideas and show them how they can create visual images of their ideas.

Group 4: Whaea Christine: Making a Hangi

Piopio College is hosting the Waiwaia Festival in September. This unit was developed as a fundraiser for the school to raise funds to hold the festival. In this unit the students are learning how to gather or buy the food for the hangi, how to lay it in the ground, prepare the food for the hangi and create a budget. Until we make the hangi, this unit is now completed and the students will be integrated into the school identity programme.

Christine Melligan — Head of Year 7 & 8


Sport Exploration

This programme is designed for students looking at sport as a vocational pathway. This could lead to a career as an athlete, coach, fitness instructor, teacher or service in sport and fitness.
Seniors (years 11-13) will learn how to organise and run planned activities and have 14 level 2 and 3 credits available for this. They also will experience a wide variety of activities which are designed to help guide them into a vocational pathway of interest.

Juniors (year 9/10) will explore the different areas of sport and get a chance to experience a wide variety of activities. They will also spend time exploring the world of sport and exercise science learning about anatomy, biomechanics and physiology.

Below highlights the course for the year as well as the fixed and optional costs.


Planning and running physical activities for primary schools in our area

Participating in organised sports, fitness programmes and activities at our kura/school

Visiting various local sports clubs to experience a range of sports. These could include but are not limited to bmx, shooting, golf, hunting, cycling, squash and any other 
   opportunities that arise

Outdoor education activities. These could include but are not limited to caving, kayaking, tramping, rock climbing, paintball and river rafting

Crossfit and fitness sessions

Exploring biomechanics, anatomy and physiology

Train for and participate in Tuff Guy/Gal (optional cost)

Trips to observe professional athletes and sports teams training.

Ben Draper  — PE Teacher

School of Cuisine

One of the purposes of School of Cuisine (SOC)  is to introduce students to the vocational pathway of Hospitality at a Year 9 and 10 level. Students are learning to prepare, present and serve a dish to café or restaurant quality as well as critiquing dishes and food styling. They do this by cooking a range of dishes which have different cooking techniques to master.
Such dishes they will be cooking are dumplings, homemade pasta, chocolate mousse cups and croquembouche. Literacy component of SOC is based around an inquiry where the students required to research a key cooking technique and produce a demonstration video of this technique. Twice a term School of Spanish joined us to make a Spanish banquet.

Amy Hely  — Food Technology Teacher


School of Spanish

The aim of the programme is to provide students with an introductory study to the Spanish language (the 2nd most spoken language globally) The course develops all the basic language skills including, listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course also offers insight to the society and culture of Spanish speaking countries as well as some elements of Art where students explore various types of Spanish artistic styles and a piñata design.
Learning Spanish is a rewarding experience providing students with a wider worldview as they learn about another culture and learn to speak a foreign language. From time to time, The School of Spanish joins forces with the School of Cuisine to put on a Spanish banquet.
 Leigh Anselmi  — Spanish Teacher

Phone: 07 877 8173
Email: principal@piopio.school.nz

Piopio College
18 Aria Rd  PIOPIO 3912
New Zealand