English – Te Reo Ingarihi

Curriculum  level Compulsory  or Elective     Frequency   Learning
Junior School (Years 7-8) Compulsory Full year
(4 hours per week) 
Integrated grammar and creative writing that is embedded into cross-curricular activities and exercises.


Middle School (Years 9-10) Compulsory Full year

(4 hours per week)

The middle school English curriculum has three streams: a foundation stream (primarily focused on improving literacy), an open class and an advanced class. The curriculum is theme-based with some of the themes being Journalism, Creative Writing, Shakespeare, Advertising and Poetry, however, the work is scaled up or down according to the needs of the students in each stream. By the end of year 10, students in the advanced class will be prepared to achieve “Excellence” at NCEA Level 1 English.


Senior School (Year 11) Compulsory (Students must achieve at least 10 literacy credits)


Full year

(4 hours per week)

Follows the NCEA Level 1 curriculum and classes are grouped according to the same streams as the Middle School. The foundation class works towards Unit Standards, whereas the open class and advanced class work towards Achievement Standards.

To achieve NCEA Level 1 students must gain 24 credits (of which 16 are internal and 8 exam-based).


Senior School (Years 12-13) Elective Full year

(4 hours per week)

To achieve NCEA Level 2 students must have 10 or more Achievement standard English credits at level 1. The NCEA Level 2 course will have both academic and practical elements which will cover a diverse range of disciplines. There are no unit standards in this course. To achieve NCEA Level 3 students must have Literacy at Level 2, ideally in Level 2 English at Merit or Excellence. This course will explore the most important works of literature and film and ask the question why are they the cornerstones of their cannons? Students will be learning how critical lenses allow us to unpack a text to new depths of understanding and inference. This is the course for those who can push themselves to work on large projects.

Additional English options

Westland High School students who have an interest in English have the opportunity to get involved with Westland High School’s yearbook “Pounamu”, which has student editorial staff. They also have the opportunity to contribute articles and writing for the school newsletter.

Upcoming events

Friday 10 Dec

10th December Last day of term 4.

Friday 10 Dec

10th December Junior and middle school prizegiving takes place at the Regent theatre. Middle School 9am. Junio... [Read more]

Thursday 2 Dec

2nd of December Teacher Only Day. No School. This is a day set by the Ministry of Education and will be coveri... [Read more]

Monday 29 Nov

Westland Anniversay Day holiday. No school.

Monday 22 Nov

22nd November Senior Prizegiving takes place at the Regent Theatre at 6pm.

Monday 25 Oct

Labour day holiday. No School.

Monday 18 Oct

18th October. Term 4 begins

Friday 1 Oct

1st October. Last day of term 3.

Friday 24 Sep

24th September the Westland High School Ball takes place. More information regarding venue and other details w... [Read more]

Monday 13 Sep

13th September to 20th September is Te wiki o te reo Maori / Maori language week. Visit https://www.tewikioter... [Read more]
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