Learning Support Department
Learning Support is a department that is cross-curricular. The Learning Support Department is designed to meet the needs of students at both ends of the school. It has in place programmes in the four core subjects to support the learning of students who for a variety of reasons do not achieve to their potential when they begin their schooling at PNBHS, as well as ensuring provision is made by providing extension for Gifted and Talented students in both curricular and extra-curricular fields.
The Learning Support classes are made up of students in Year 9 who are identified as needing most support. Their continung place in the programme is dependent on good behaviour in class and a commitment to completing their homework. Effort is a key requirement. In Years 10 and 11 we aim to prepare the students for NCEA Level 1.
Students who are not included in the Learning Support programme, but who still have literacy deficiencies are provided with an Extra English option at Year's 9 and 10 and Small Groups that work on specific weaknesses, for example spelling .
In Years 9 and 10 the students are taught the four language modes of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students are also- exposed to New Zealand life and customs to integrate them into New Zealand society more easily. Year 11 students do a mix of Achievement Standards and Unit Standards. Each course fits the individual need of the student. Years 12 and 13 complete a full Achievement Standard course. UE literacy is the aim by the end of Level 2.
Students who do not qualify for the Learning Support or the Extra English classes are accommodated in small groups.