The wider curriculum
Apart from the subjects and courses listed for each year level in the Course Planning Chart, other programmes which are offered as part of the total curriculum of the school are described below. Most are integrated into the year's programme and all students take them. Others are on an optional basis (eg, sports, clubs, etc).
Achieving success at school and making or maintaining friendships are important concerns for students. Developing a network of friends and feeling valued within the school community can have a significant impact on students’ social skills and achievement.
Year 9 students take part in an orientation programme which eases their transition to secondary school. Year 12 and 13 students, from the Year 9’s House group use a series of informal activities to introduce the newcomers to the school, to the people in it, and to each other.
The Peer Support leaders will develop essential skills: communication skills, problem-solving skills, social and co-operative skills, and work and study skills during their training and facilitation of a small group.
Year 12 students will have an opportunity to attend a Leadership Training Course which prepares them for their role as Year 13 Peer Support leaders, at the end of the Year 12 academic year once exams are finished.
During Term One, the three day Year 10 Outdoor Recreation camps occur and are an important part of a Year 10 student’s education. This camp experience provides an opportunity for the students to develop their social and personal skills such as self-confidence, co-operation and leadership. The Lincoln values of lifelong learning, respect, pride, our environment and doing good for others are incorporated into the programme, giving students opportunities to experience and to practise living by these values.
All students have the opportunity to apply for instrumental and vocal lessons. However, priority is given to those in option Music classes. Sign-up for lessons will happen in the first three weeks of Term One. Students are expected to sign-up themselves and should listen to the daily notices for further details.
The school is fortunate to have excellent itinerant tutors available to teach the following range of instruments:
Strings (violin, cello etc), Guitar (acoustic, electric and bass), Voice, Piano, Drums, Brass, Woodwind (flute, clarinet, saxophone).
All students involved in extra-curricular music will pay a compulsory administration cost of $30.00. However, there is no charge for the actual music lessons. Hire is available for most instruments at approximately $90.00 a year. All costs will be confirmed at the start of the year.
Students in the Music scheme will be expected to take part in musical activities/groups in the school. Lessons are subject to availability and students who miss out go on a waiting list.
ESOL classes are available at Elementary (non-NCEA), Intermediate (Level 1 NCEA English) and Upper Intermediate (Level 2 NCEA English) levels for students from non-English speaking backgrounds. ESOL help is available in a variety of other ways. Individual needs will be considered when programmes for these students are planned. It is important, however, that students wanting to gain national qualifications in mainstream subjects have at least an intermediate level of English at the time of enrolment, as all instruction is in English.
The school offers a full range of sporting opportunities. Teams may take part in the Wednesday inter-school competition, or in other secondary school competitions offered at Canterbury, South Island and New Zealand levels. There is a charge for affiliations and uniforms as well as a bus fee. We have a winter sports exchange with Ashburton College. The school holds athletic, swimming and cross country competitions annually as part of the school house competitions. The school has an active Sports Council which runs a variety of lunchtime activities and competitions.
Sporting opportunities include Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Cross-Country, Cycling, Equestrian, Football, Futsal, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Indoor Netball, Lawn Bowls, Mountain Biking, Multi-Sports, Netball, Rock Climbing, Rugby, Shooting, Squash, Surfing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Touch, Triathlon and Volleyball.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Performing Arts groups – Lincoln Pops Choir, Lincoln Jazz, Chamber Music, LHS Orchestra, Lincoln Technical Crew, Drama Productions and extension Drama courses involving a range of professional performers and tutors, based on students’ needs.
Each year there is a calendar of Performing Arts events. This includes Rockquest, The Sheilah Winn Festival of Shakespeare in Schools, Choral and Chamber Music Festivals, Dance Starz Challenge, Theatresports and a range of performance evenings for Drama, Dance and Music students. Major Productions are performed every alternate year (Footloose 2016) and Stage Challenge in non-Musical years.
The kapa haka group welcomes new members to join at any time of the year. This group meets on a weekly basis to practise kapa haka (and sometimes have group lunches). We work towards performing at many local events and activities as well as supporting our speakers at the regional Manu Kōrero competition each year. If you have an interest in singing, and/or performing, please come along to a practice. We are always looking for more people to join our successful and fun kapa haka group.
The School Council members are selected by an extensive election and interview process. The student and staff body vote for 20 candidates who then go forward to an interview with the Principal and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Any student in Year 13 may stand for the Council. Year 10 - 13 students can apply to be considered for sub-councils in Academic, Arts, Sustainability, International, Sports and Social, House, Junior and Year 13 Services.
The Council's role is to co-ordinate student activities, and to act as a voice for the entire student body. The Council is led by Two Head Students and Two Deputy Head Students, with Council members leading the Academic, Arts, Social, Junior, Sports, Services, Sustainability, House Councils, Year 13 Committee and International Sub-Councils.
This group involves a cross section of Junior students. They work alongside Year 13 council members on projects such as Junior assemblies, prizegivings lunchtime activities and special projects that include documenting the life of a Junior student.
The Lincoln High School House system is thriving in its 12th year. The 6 houses, named after significant local fish and birds, are Īnaka, Kāhu, Kūaka, Kōtare, Mako and Pātiki.
The students in each House compete over a wide range of activities from the Great House Spelling Bee and the House Music festival, to the more traditional Athletics and Touch competitions.
The House system provides an opportunity for the senior and junior students to participate in a positive leadership role. The House leaders, and their deputies from Years 10 - 13, organise and lead their teams, and participate in all activities. This promotes school spirit and camaraderie across the levels with staff joining in competitions such as the Tug of War and Cross Country.
At the end of the year once the seniors are on examination leave, Years 9 and 10 students have a chance to step up to the leadership role of Junior House Leader. Their job is to organise the students and promote participation in the Junior House Competition. This involves a range of activities including the circle drawing competitions, General Knowledge Quiz and rounders.
The Learning Support Department role is to support students who are struggling, for whatever reason, with their learning. Students from Years 9-13 may require assistance or support to achieve their potential.
On entry to Lincoln High School students are tested to ensure that they are in appropriate classes for their learning. Students who are identified as having higher literacy or numeracy needs will be placed in Numeracy/Literacy classes or a supported learning class.
Learning Support also runs the year 9 Literacy Course, which runs in the Year 9 option lines. Students in the Numeracy/Literacy classes or Supported Learning Class are invited to join this class where they will receive extra Literacy support in the form of the Steps to Literacy Program. Like all Year 9 options this runs for two terms. A course cost of $13.20 per book level is attached to their course.
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