A Taste of TAS – Middle School
Year 7 and 8 – The Intermediate Years
In Years 7 and 8 students transition from being primary school students to becoming young adults in secondary school. A strength of TAS as an Area School is that this transition happens all at one venue. Our intermediate students get the best of both worlds – the familiarity of the home room environment and the benefit at times of subject specialists in various fields. Students in the intermediate years will learn in a wide variety of curriculum areas: English, Maths, Science, PE, Health, Technologies - including digital technologies, Arts (including Music, Visual Art and Drama), and Languages (inlcuding Te Reo Maori, and French or Japanese).
The Independent Learning Programme (ILP) – In 2010 ERO identified the “independent learning approach operating in Year 7 and 8” as a strength of the school. The goal of the ILP is for students to have a greater level of independence with regard to learning than they might have without it. Therefore, there are elements of choice with regard to some aspects of some of the work done each week including the order in which it is undertaken, the level of collaboration with others, how and where answers are sourced, and even in the level of response made. Good efforts are rewarded by a system of “Licenses”, which come with extra responsibilty and benefits!
In addition to the strong classroom learning focus Year 7 and 8 students have the opportunity to experience many of the great activities of the wider school including the strong emphasis on EOTC. The annual Year 7 camp is held at beautiful Rawhiti and the Year 8s go on an exciting Auckland expedition.
In Year 9 at TAS students will experience and explore a wide range of subject options through a set of languages, arts, and technologies rotations over the course of the year. Alongside these rotations everyone gets a specialist teacher for subjects like English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and PE and Health.
In Year 9 there is an eye on the future and also a focus on finding out your strengths and weaknesses and on setting and working towards learning goals.
There is a strong EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom) focus in Year 9. Early on in the year the week long Year 9 camp is run by staff. This is always a wonderfully successful event with camping at Kai Iwi Lakes, windsurfing, kayaking, biscuiting and water-skiing, biking, walks, games and heaps of other activities.
Year 9 students get to take a full part in activities like cross country, sports events, choir, bands, swimming, athletics, country day, Cornerstone Values week and more.
At TAS all students do learning in a broad range of compulsory subjects. They will study core subjects: English, Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Careers, Health and Physical Education, alongside a first-half rotation of Food Technology, Hard Materials, Graphics, Digital Technology, Te Reo Maori, Art, Music and Drama classes.
Students choose option subjects in the second half of the year, where they can concentrate on two of their rotation subjects with a view to continuing with these subjects into NCEA.
The academic focus in Year 10 is on students developing the necessary skills and prior knowledge for them to undertake the first level of NCEA in Year 11.
TAS is more than a centre for academic learning. Through a wide range of experiences the whole person is developed. Year 10 students each year have the opportunity to attend a week long experience at the Outdoor Pursuits Centre in National Park.
Students participate in a day of work shadowing in a work place of their choice to give them an insight into possible future careers during the end of year Cornerstone Values week.
The Intermediate Years dean for 2017 is Mrs Paula Ashcroft.
The Year 9 dean for 2017 is Mr. Chris Townshend.
The Year 10 dean for 2017 is Mrs. Natalie Hydes.
Pastoral care for the year group is a very important aspect of our school. Our deans are ably supported by waka (form and homeroom) teachers, the guidance counselor, and senior leaders in providing a stable environment for students. Being a Cornerstone Values school and having a clear focus on restorative justice means students learn about caring for themselves and each other and the environment at TAS. Concerns about bullying and other issues that affect life at school are dealt wth promptly and effectively.