Senior Curriculum – Overview and Explanation, Table of Courses offered for 2020
Our school curriculum has been developed to ensure that our students emerge from Mount Hutt College as confident, connected, life-long learners. We have placed an emphasis on making connections between subjects and in years 7 and 8 we have developed a connected curriculum programme in English, social studies, ICT and second language learning. Our curriculum overview is summarized in the following diagram.
We have been part of the Ministry of Education promoted PB4L – Positive Behaviour for Learning – since the beginning of 2013.
At Mount Hutt College the PB4L team have built on the school values of PRIDE developed earlier. PRIDE was already in use and well respected by the college community before we started PB4L
Purpose: Promote positive behaviours and relationships within the school community with PRIDE.
A key feature of Mount Hutt College is its emphasis on all students participating in many school activities. There are a wide range of activities. Here is a selection.
Cultural Drama – major Production and Stage Challenge alternate yearly. Year 7 and 8 Drama Festival (November) Public Speaking Arts / Nga Toi – student committee Magazine / Zine committee Breakout – a biennial senior showcase of creativity and innovation, held at the Methven Heritage Centre (Mt Hutt Memorial Hall)
Music The School has a thriving musical culture and strong academic programme. supported by Itinerant and private music tutors. We also participate in Country High Schools Music Festivals, Big Sing, Rock Quest and other local and regional events. Concerts and musical performances are also held at school and at Breakout and Hutt Fest (a Spring concert originated by Mr Pannett). We offer Ensemble, Pop Choir and tuition in – Piano, String, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, Singing, Drums, Guitar.
School Exchanges Yumegaoka Exchange, Vietnam World Challenge and other opportunities for overseas experience.
Spirit of Adventure Sailing We encourage participation on the sailing training vessel “Spirit of Adventure”. The costs involved are sometimes partially subsidised by the local Lions Club.
Academic Mount Hutt College involves itself in many extension activities and competitions, including: Cantamaths Aoraki Social Studies Quiz Evenings Australasian English, Writing, Mathematics and Science Aoraki Maths Otago Daily Times Spelling Bee Model UN / United Nations Assembly Day Rotary Speech Competition Science and Technology Challenge Science Fair National Bank Maths Competition Canterbury Geography Quiz
Physical Education and Health / Outdoor Education Physical education is seen as an important part of the school’s curriculum. The school has extensive sports grounds, facilities and a well-equipped gymnasium. We are also situated in an environment and community that offers an extensive range of outdoor opportunities. We have a culture of full participation in our annual Swimming Sports and Athletics days (held in February and March). It is our custom to send teams to Counties (Primary), Canterbury, Aoraki and South Island Secondary Schools competitions where our students excel. All students participate in the weekly Wednesday ‘Sport’ period 5 and a wide range of sports and other activities is offered including:
Softball, Volleyball, Netball, Cricket, Tennis, Rugby, Athletics, Badminton, Football, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, Squash, Touch, Mountain Biking, Cross Country, Kayaking, Claybird shooting, Skiing, Moto-X, Snowboarding…
Skiing and Snowboarding Mt Hutt Skifield is on our doorstep and we take full advantage of this. In Term 3, Wednesday sport includes skiing and snowboarding options. This is open to all students. One Annual full day ski trip per year is offered to all students and usually occurs in Tournament Week.