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
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
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
School of Spanish