Curriculum

At Wellington Hills Christian College, our curriculum is designed to enable students to explore all subject areas through high-quality learning opportunities that encourage a Christian perspective and affirm Biblical principles. Our curriculum acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa, New Zealand, alongside a Christian Formation framework that promotes the development of faith, hope and love.

As an integrated state school, we are able to teach The New Zealand Curriculum using a biblical worldview. This means that our students receive a comprehensive education that prepares them for their future while at the same time equipping them to grow in their knowledge and understanding of the nature and character of God.

The principles that underpin our curriculum are:

  • our Christian special character is integrated throughout all aspects of our curriculum
  • students understanding what it means to live in New Zealand and their place in it
  • a broad view of student success recognising the strengths, interests, and open-ended potential of all students
  • high expectations for all, acknowledging that students have different starting points and progress in different ways
  • providing an effective understanding of Mātauranga Māori [Footnote]
  • a weaving of key competencies such as managing self and participating and contributing through all subject areas
  • inclusive and equitable delivery that connects learning to the experience of students
  • opportunities for students to respond to learning by changing their thinking and taking action in God honouring ways.
 

[Footnote: Mātauranga Māori includes traditions, values, concepts, philosophies, world views and understandings derived from uniquely Māori cultural points of view as required by the New Zealand Curriculum.]

Our students receive high-quality learning that is age-appropriate and reflects their needs and interests:

  • In the early years (0-3), our students thrive in an environment rich in literacy and numeracy. For years 0-3, we use the Better Start Literacy Approach of Structured Literacy.
  • In years 4-6, we expand our students’ horizons of knowledge, offering increased opportunities for collaboration. In years 4-8, we use The Code for the Structured Literacy approach.
  • In years 7-8, the focus is on helping students see themselves in the wider world and to grow their ability to advocate with and for others;
  • In years 9-10, the focus is on purpose and growing in empathy and resilience.


Christian Formation Framework

This framework provides a systematic way to work through scripture, using age-appropriate approaches to consider how each story/scripture passage can reveal the love of God/Jesus, encourage faith in God/Jesus, inspire a love for others, care for creation and hope for the future.

Over the years, students gain much from listening to, reading, unpacking, and discussing stories/scripture passages, including an understanding of the centrality of Christ in scripture, a big-picture view of scripture and how scripture relates to their lives.

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

Wellington Hills Christian College is a “Positive Behaviour for Learning” (PB4L) school. Behaviour has a significant impact on learning, so we teach good behaviour to gain positive academic results.

PB4L helps students feel safe and secure. Desired behaviours are explicitly taught, coached, and rewarded. Our PB4L system includes earning merit cards, which students use to claim rewards.

Students can work together by combining their merit cards to gain larger class rewards. This encourages a sense of being a team.