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Te Kauwhata College offers students the opportunity to explore their world through Science. Courses run from Year 7 through to Year 13, with NCEA assessment offered to support career pathways both to industry/vocational and further tertiary study.
Learning is a mix of hands on activities, theory and application. Assessment through EOTC, industry and real-world context is offered across our senior courses. We thank NZ Steel, Auckland Zoo and Rainbow’s End for hosting our trips.
Chemistry, Physics and Biology are separated into focus courses at NCEA Level 2 and 3.
Horticulture is available to select as an ‘Option Subject’ at Year 9 and 10.
Horticulture is offered at NCEA Level 1 and 2.
Current Science Teachers & Teacher Code
Kiri Pengelly – PE
Rajal Singh – SN
Kirsten Jessup – JS
McKenzie Holman – HM
Vidya Ram – RM
Liz Macintosh – MC
Our Focus and Values (GROW)
In the Science Learning Area, our goal is to lift engagement and retention of our aakonga in Science subjects.
Science Learning Area and Digital Technologies
The Science Learning Area has access to iPads and Chromebooks, which are frequently used to support the learning of students across all year levels. Education Perfect is a tool that has been taken up by the Science Learning Area to supplement learning of students in key areas of the curriculum.
Are there prerequisites for the courses?
There are no prerequisites for any of the subjects. However, it is highly recommended that you take the specific subject the year before to gain foundation knowledge for the course.
You can talk to any of the Science teachers to find out more.
Which qualifications can I get?
- NCEA Level 1 Science
- NCEA Level 1 Horticulture
- NCEA Level 2 Biology
- NCEA Level 2 Chemistry
- NCEA Level 2 Physics
- NCEA Level 2 Horticulture
- NCEA Level 3 Biology
- NCEA Level 3 Chemistry
- NCEA Level 3 Physics
What is NCEA?
The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the main national qualification for secondary school students in New Zealand. NCEA is recognised by employers, and used for selection by universities and polytechnics, both in New Zealand and overseas.
Visit the NCEA Website for more information.
How do I get in contact with a Science Teacher?
Where do I find the online learning content?
Each of the science classes have their own Google Classroom. Every student will either get an invite or a class code to join at the start of the year.
Google Classroom will have weekly tasks for the students to complete along with communication from their teachers.
A parent or guardian can be added to the classroom under their child’s profile in that Google Classroom to keep a track of their child’s work.
Click here to be redirected to the Google Classroom log in page. Students will use their email@example.com and their school password to log in.
How do extensions, resubmission and reassessments work?
Extensions, resubmission and reassessments are available. You must discuss this with your teacher to see if you are eligible for any of the above.