College – Issue 41

ACADEMIC New College Diploma inspires boys to aspire

Freddie Coates is relishing the opportunity to “be extended character-wise”, with the launch of the Christ’s College Diploma offering greater choice and scope for boys in Years 10–11.

From 2022, students will be able to achieve the new benchmark in learning – replacing NCEA Level 1 – over two years. The chance to excel – both inside and outside the classroom – sets the College Diploma apart, recognising the breadth and depth of each boy’s abilities. It also redefines ‘choice’ when it comes to subject content and context and deepens learning in readiness for NCEA Level 2. Freddie, a Year 10 student in Harper House, supports the move to incorporate College values –

such as community service and leadership – in the Diploma, along with the strong focus on academic engagement and excellence. “I think it is great that there are classes in our curriculum such as Financial Literacy, Wellbeing, and Te A ̄ o Ma ¯ ori, as these are all very useful skills in today's world,” Freddie points out. “I also hope that the same levels of academic excellence will be maintained as that is very important to me.”

Equally, he welcomes the greater “options to choose what subjects we want to study”. “I’m hopeful the Diploma will have a positive impact on our preparation for NCEA,” Freddie says. “Because of how the Diploma is set up, we will have more time to focus on learning and less on assessments. “However, I think it is still important to educate us about NCEA systems because this can help us understand the systems for Levels 2 and 3 a bit better.

Christ’s College Canterbury


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