St Peter's offers a wide range of subjects to cater for the different needs and interests of our students. St Peter’s initially prepares students for life in the wider community of New Zealand, then the world and as such the New Zealand Curriculum forms the over-riding structure for the subjects offered.
Our Curriculum is constantly evolving and it is regularly reviewed and modified to keep abreast with this rapidly changing world. The special Christian (Anglican) character of the School is reflected in the curriculum as Religious Education is a core subject at all levels for the majority of pupils.
Most students work towards the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) - the national qualification, at Levels 1, 2 and 3.
The two year International Baccalaureate programme is offered to year 12 and 13 students as an alternative to NCEA.
Accelerated students in Mathematics also work towards Cambridge International examinations in Years 9-11.
Subjects offered from the National Qualifications framework include subjects overseen by Industrial Training Organisations (ITOs), such as:
- Business Studies
- Equine Studies
- Furniture Making
- Outdoor Education
For subjects overseen by ITOs credits can contribute towards both NCEA and ITO Certificates.
There is more to education than qualifications, however. Problem solving and creative thinking skills are current goals for all academic subjects, with a view to establishing these as skills for life.
St Peter’s encourages students to set themselves personal goals of excellence in all they do, Academic, Cultural, Sporting, Interpersonal relationships, Leadership and Citizenship.