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Gateway & Vocational Courses

  • Gateway
  • Equine Studies
  • Marine Academy
  • Distance Learning
  • Trades Academy
  • Learning Support
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Gateway

Gateway provides students, where practible, with the opportunity of being engaged in purposeful and meaningful workplace learning across a wide range of industries and businesses while continuing to study at school.

Gateway (Year 12 and 13)

Programme Description:

Gateway provides students, where practible, with the opportunity of being engaged in purposeful and meaningful workplace learning across a wide range of industries and businesses while continuing to study at school. This strengthens the pathways for students to progress from school to work or onto further tertiary study.

Learning Outcomes/Contexts:

By completing structured workplace work experience, students will have a real understanding of what is required in the workplace, they will have gained some skill and knowledge in helping them decide on future pathways.

Placements can be of varied lengths and are not guaranteed. An opportunity exists for selected students to participate in short courses such as industry specific packages, and/or a Health & Safety course.

Skills and Capabilities:

  • Build skills for employment and working in real workplaces.
  • Punctuality - being on time for work placements. T
  • aking responsibility for your attitude and your energy in a workplace.
  • Completing assessment materials independently and meeting deadlines.

Possibly Links to:

All areas of the MBAS curriculum will link with Gateway as we are working across all vocational pathways. Mathematics, Science, Hospitality, Horticulture, Tourism, History, Heath, Physical Education, Computing, Arts & Music. Possibly leads to: Part time or full employment, apprenticeships

Assessment Opportunities:

Students will be able to achieve NCEA credits that can align with career interest, vocational pathways and support to gain life skills. Some Gateway packages are provided by Industry Training Organisations. The majority of assessments are completed in class.

Marine Academy

Programme Description:

The Marine Academy course provides both Y12 and Y13 students with the knowledge and skills required to safely enjoy scuba diving. Experienced professional dive instructors located at Dive Zone, Whitianga, provide all necessary equipment and training.

Students follow the widely recognised PADI system of diver education gaining both PADI certification and NCEA credits. Diving theory will take place in the classroom using a variety of teaching resources including textbooks, DVD and PowerPoint presentations. Practical work begins in the swimming pool and progresses to shore dives quickly followed by boat dives.

A range of experiences including a dive expedition and specialised diving techniques are available as students gain confidence and advance their skills. Through progressive training students will follow courses on night diving, deep diving and rescue diving. There will also be opportunities to learn about the marine environment as students identify fish species and carry out basic underwater research tasks using still and video cameras.

Career Opportunities & General Life Skills:

PADI Instructor, Commercial Diver (e.g. Aquaculture Diver) and an appropriate background for marine biology, eco-tourism and the fisheries industry. Students will develop respect and trust in others and will learn to work collaboratively and safely in a marine environment. Students will also be expected to take on responsibility and meet the challenges of learning new technical skills.

Marine Academy – Year 1 - Level 3

This programme is open to both Y12 and Y13 students who have little or no diving experience.

PADI qualifications include:

  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

Prerequisite: 

by your GP. All applications must be approved by Deputy Principal, Mr. Wilkinson.

There is a cost for this course, charged by DiveZone.

Marine Academy – Year 2 - Level 3/4

This programme is open to Y13 students who have successfully completed Year 1 of the Marine Academy. Alternatively, Y12 and Y13 students who have not completed Year 1 but who already hold the PADI Advanced Open Water certificate and have logged at least 10 dives will also be considered following interview.

PADI qualifications include:

  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • PADI Master Scuba Diver

Prerequisite:

As Year 2 is a more demanding course students will need to demonstrate an appropriate level of fitness for performing diver rescues and will have also shown commitment, responsibility and aptitude to further advance their knowledge and skills.

Co-requisite:

Y12 and Y13 students who wish to take Marine Academy at either Year 1 or Year 2 must gain approval from both their dean and the deputy principal. Some students choose not to follow the programme for a full academic year and may gain a PADI qualification with associated NZQA credits in one or two terms only. This option reduces the cost. Speak to Mr Wilkinson for further details.

The full year course provides the opportunity for achieving 43 NZQA credits at Level 3.

There is a cost for this course, charged by DiveZone.

Distance Learning

Students wishing to enrol in courses not available at MBAS might consider Distance Learning as an option. We use two distance learning providers: Te Kura, and Kōtui Ako, the Online Learning Community. Please consult their websites for a list of possible courses.

Students must consult the e-dean Ms J Evans prior to submitting their 2023 Course application.

  • The Kōtui Ako courses fill up quickly. Enrolments need to be completed in November 2023.
  • Te Kura enrolments must be completed before the start of Term 1, 2024.

Students wishing to undertake Distance Learning need to have demonstrated independent learning and self-monitoring skills. Some courses may have specific entry requirements and costs. You will need access to a laptop for your Distance Learning courses.

Senior students wishing to enrol in language courses as beginners will be enrolled in a Year 9/10 foundation programme. Beginners will not be ready for NCEA until the foundation programme has been completed. This programme takes most senior students about one year, but can be completed more quickly if you are prepared to dedicate extra time to the programme.

Please note: Enrolling in a new language may mean that the course will not contribute towards your NCEA.

Gateway (Year 12 and 13)

Programme Description:

Gateway provides students, where practible, with the opportunity of being engaged in purposeful and meaningful workplace learning across a wide range of industries and businesses while continuing to study at school. This strengthens the pathways for students to progress from school to work or onto further tertiary study.

Learning Outcomes/Contexts:

By completing structured workplace work experience, students will have a real understanding of what is required in the workplace, they will have gained some skill and knowledge in helping them decide on future pathways.

Placements can be of varied lengths and are not guaranteed. An opportunity exists for selected students to participate in short courses such as industry specific packages, and/or a Health & Safety course.

Skills and Capabilities:

  • Build skills for employment and working in real workplaces.
  • Punctuality - being on time for work placements. T
  • aking responsibility for your attitude and your energy in a workplace.
  • Completing assessment materials independently and meeting deadlines.

Possibly Links to:

All areas of the MBAS curriculum will link with Gateway as we are working across all vocational pathways. Mathematics, Science, Hospitality, Horticulture, Tourism, History, Heath, Physical Education, Computing, Arts & Music. Possibly leads to: Part time or full employment, apprenticeships

Assessment Opportunities:

Students will be able to achieve NCEA credits that can align with career interest, vocational pathways and support to gain life skills. Some Gateway packages are provided by Industry Training Organisations. The majority of assessments are completed in class.

Trades Academy (Te Pūkenga)

The Waikato Trades Academy (WTA) is funded by the New Zealand Government to provide secondary students with the opportunity to study at both school and Wintec. WTA gives students a head start; gaining specific and practical experience and skills in an industry-based setting, and the opportunity to move directly into a job, apprenticeship, or further study, on completion of secondary school.

As a WTA student, you can enrol in one of the programmes that WTA provides. This is an addition to your current school subject choice. You will be travelling to the Wintec campuses for practical, hands-on learning, typically one day a week. Wintec organises travel from MBAS, to Kopu (and/or Hamilton) and back to MBAS.

The programmes available to MBAS and offered at the Kopu Campus are:

This is available to Year 12 and Year 13 students (with limited spaces available). Selection is through Deans and the Deputy Principal.

Learning Support

Year 11-13 New Zealand Certificate in Skills for Living for Supported Learners (with an optional strand in Skills for Working)

This qualification is intended for learners who require some form of support with their learning either through additional resources, specialised equipment or adapted teaching programmes. They are people with learning disabilities and include those with intellectual disability.

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge for self-managed participation in everyday life in social, cultural, family/whanua and community contexts, with supervision. This includes the ability to apply these skills in educational and work contexts.

Prerequisites:

Y11-13 Ministry Funded students.

MBAS HOUSE POINTS

House points after the Cross Country.

Buffalo 1462 points

58/100

Tainui 1516 points

60/100

Mercury 1743 points

69/100

Matahaorua 1057 points

42/100