Pinehurst Senior College Years 9 – 13
Pinehurst Senior College continues to build on the sequential and integrated programmes of study established and fostered in the Junior College and Primary. A differentiated learning approach is taken to ensure that students are working at levels which are challenging, yet within reach. Pinehurst offers the Cambridge International Examinations of IGCSE and A Level to all students. (View the Cambridge Curriculum page for more information). At Pinehurst we do not offer NCEA.
The pastoral care system is through POD’s (Progressive Ongoing Development) for Year 9 to 13. The POD’s are vertical groupings of 20 students from Year 9 to 13 who have a POD Leader who works with the students and parents to ensure that the student has the support and supervision to set and achieve all academic and social goals.
The Senior College discipline system is firm but fair and all students are required to agree to the Pinehurst Code of Conduct. This is to ensure that all students receive the best possible education in an optimal learning environment. Relationships with the school families and community are developed and built on as students are prepared for life beyond school.
The co-curricular activities offered by the Senior College include sport and cultural activities together with a series of education opportunities outside the classroom. The five first tier sports – Soccer, Netball, Basketball, Hockey and Tennis are all available to Senior College students with several teams available in each of these sports. Currently we also offer several second tier sports such as Lacrosse, Table Tennis, Orienteering, Touch Rugby, Golf, Dragon Boating and many others.
Each year we have an Arts Festival at the end of Term Two which celebrates the Arts with a series of workshops and activities. International Week is also a highlight of the year when culture and diversity are celebrated through a series of performances, workshops and a food festival. Students have the opportunity to participate in drama in the form of plays, musicals and the Subway Stage Challenge. Further opportunities are available for students to participate and excel in the Orchestra, Choir, Harmony Club, Jazz Band, Rock Band, Speech Competitions and Debating.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is available to students at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. All Year 10 students participate in the Bronze Award practice expedition, moving through to Bronze and Silver in Years 11 and 12. Students finish the education outside the classroom programme with a skiing/snowboarding trip in Year 13.
College Special Programmes
Teachers are happy to arrange individual tutorials with students in need of extra help. These can be arranged with the teacher directly or via their POD Leader.
Students with special needs
Students with special needs are in the care of Ms Eleanor Morfett, who runs our Learner Support centre in the Junior College and College. Teachers are made aware of the special needs of these students and take steps to make these students feel safe and cared for. Students with special needs can ask for extra time or the help of readers/writers during examinations (organised through Ms Morfett).
The Careers Office, managed by Careers Advisor Kaye Griffiths, firstname.lastname@example.org located in the Village, between rooms C23 and C15.
Assistance is available with all aspects of career development for students along with the provision of information on career pathways, courses, scholarships and practical employment skills such as CV preparation and interview techniques.
Guidance and counselling
We have an on-site counsellor Kate Casey who looks after the well-being of our students.
There are many areas of enrichment within theSenior College. Examples are NSW competitions, Australian Mathematics Competition, NBNZ Junior Mathematics Competition, YES, FLP and DOE. Students also enter competitions as they arise in all curriculum areas.