Year 7

Year 7 Information Booklet

Please click here for everything you need to know about being in Year 7 at Whangaparāoa College.

Year 7 Faculty
Lisa Williams WLL Head of Learning Year 7
Julia Jarvis JAR Acting Asst. Head of Learning Year 7
Nicole Parkinson PRK Teacher
Kim Winslow WINK Teacher
Emma Rawstron RST Teacher
Maaike McKernan MCM Teacher
Matthew Cattin CTI Teacher


Years 7
The teachers in year 7 are a dedicated group of individuals working together to create a welcoming and positive learning journey for each and every learner in their care.
School work takes place in a supportive learning environment where they are encouraged to think for themselves, as well as work both collaboratively and independently. They are also taught to think reflectively and analytically on their learning. Teaching and learning is tailored to suit the individual learner’s needs through differentiation, a variety of tasks and appropriate support.
In all areas, thinking skills, digital learning and education outside the classroom are valued. Family and whanau are also an important part of college life.
In Year 7, learners takes the following seven core subjects:
  • English
  • Social Studies
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Maori
  • Health
  • Physical Education 
In addition, in Year 7 they have one term’s worth of specialist 'taster' classes in each of the following areas:
  • Art
  • Chinese
  • Materials Technology
  • Food Technology 
  • William Pike Challenge
  • Performance
  • Sport
  • Future Problem Solving
  • Digital Technology
  • Music
There are lots of learning opportunities and personal challenges outside the classroom too, with trips, visits and visitors throughout the year. One of the first great opportunities they have is Y7 Camp to Tawharanui where they get to swim, hike, snorkel and take part in many conservation activities. Whether it is band, choir, productions, dance, chess, art, a multitude of sports, coding club, technology or robotics, our learners are really encouraged to stretch their wings and get involved in the whole life of the college by trying as many extra-curricular opportunities as they can.
Year 7 learners are lucky enough to have their own special part of the school which is exclusively theirs. They can stay in the shelter of this nurturing environment until they feel ready to spread their wings and use any, or all of the College’s great facilities around the whole campus.  This gives them a great springboard into the life of the College.
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Whangaparāoa College incorporates the best educational practice from New Zealand and around the world. The school delivers an innovative curriculum with intensive use of modern technologies within an environmentally aware site.