College – Issue 40

ACADEMIC The Christ’s College Diploma tailor-made for success

Amore tailored academic programme that better supports boys’ academic abilities along with their wellbeing, and recognises a range of student achievements, will be introduced with the new Christ’s College Diploma.

College benchmark in learning – replacing NCEA Level 1 – over two years. Assistant Principal – Curriculum Nicole Billante explains that the new College Diploma creates a smoother path to higher achievement by recognising all elements of school life. “The Christ’s College Diploma will lead to greater opportunities for everyone and improve the boys’

preparations for their final College years – and beyond,” she says. “There is no one-size-fits-all approach to achievement, so we have tailored the College Diploma to better suit each boy’s interests, ability and skill set. “Extensive research shows the learning needs of boys, particularly around ways to engage and motivate them, how they are assessed, and the way we give them feedback, all impacts on their overall school experience. “The new Diploma recognises that need, providing greater flexibility and supporting boys to achieve even more in their post-College lives.” Students will be recognised for their achievements in academic engagement, taha Ma¯ori, character and leadership, community and service, discovery and challenge, global citizenship and sustainable futures. “We want to reward holistic achievement while still acknowledging those high academic achievers in our College community,” Nicole says. While the Gold Diploma with Academic Honours acknowledges the top students, high-achieving students across different elements will also be awarded different colours.

From 2022, boys in Years 10 and 11 will be able to achieve the new

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