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 Blue Mountain College provides a broad curriculum. It has been designed to meet the particular needs of students and provide a range of rich learning experiences and challenges. Our course structure is reviewed on an annual basis.

In the junior school the curriculum is designed to give students a wide range of learning opportunities and a broad educational base which will provide the skills and knowledge needed for specialisation at Year 10 and above.

YEAR 7

All students are placed in a Form Class which stays together for all subjects. All students follow the same curriculum: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Art, Music, Technology (various areas) and Information Technology (Introduction to Computing). Introductory Spanish as a second language was included in 2008.

YEAR 8

The formation of the class remains the same. The only variation in the curriculum is the introduction of Te Reo Maori (an Introduction to Maori Language and Culture) in place of Information Technology.

YEAR 9

All students study the following seven subjects throughout the year: English, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies and Technology. The course is broadened through a series of half year modules where all students study: Art, Economics, Maori (further study of Maori Language & Culture) and ICT.

YEAR 10

All students study the following six subjects throughout the year: English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies and Technology. In addition students must also select two of the following optional subjects: Agriculture, Art, Economics or Text and Information Management.

YEARS 11 - 13

A variety of course pathways exist for our senior students. Not all courses will run each year as our curriculum is driven by student needs. Through OtagoNet, an interactive videoconference based distance education network, developed by a consortium of 13 rural Otago Schools, we are able to offer as wide a range of specialist subjects as most large urban schools. In addition we are fortunate to have a good relationship with the Correspondence School, which still further increases the range of subjects available to students.

All of our courses lead towards the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). Year 11 leads to Level 1 while most students in Years 12 and 13 are working towards Level 2 or Level 3 Certificates respectively. In addition students may earn credit towards a range of other workplace based certificates through practical subjects or programmes such as STAR or Gateway (where they will spend part of each week on work placement)

Blue Mountain College offers a wide range of Outdoor Education opportunities for students. Currently there are well established programmes for Years 7, 8, 10 and 13.

In addition to these formal programmes there are a range of other opportunities such as ski trips, subject related field trips and various sporting and cultural trips. These are voluntary but we believe that participation in such activities provides valuable learning opportunities for students.