At St Joseph's School, we recognize the importance and value of the Intermediate years - Years 7 and 8. As a result, our senior students have different opportunities when they get to this stage in their schooling.
LeadershipGrowing leadership is important to us at St Joseph's School. Children are given opportunities from 5 years old to enable them to develop the necessary skills so that, by the time they are in Year 8, they as Year 8 school leaders will be able to have significant input into making St Joseph's School a great school to attend. Our vision is to "create confident learners who, like Jesus, make a positive difference" and our Year 8 students definitely believe that they can do this through their leadership roles.
Year 8 leaders attend a Leadership Conference in Dunedin each year. This is an amazing opportunity to hear from a variety of people who have been successful in a range of fields including sport, television and motivational speaking to name a few. Speakers share with the students what has helped them in their life's journey, give them ideas about how the students can make the most of opportunities in their own lives and how they can lead others to be the best they can be.
All Year 8 leaders have a responsibility in our school; these include the following:
Special Catholic Character Leaders
Whole School Leaders
Leaders for ICT (Information Communication Technology)
Various Arts Leaders
Buddy System Leaders
Media and Promotions Leaders
At the end of each year, Year 7 students discuss and identify leadership opportunities for the following year. Throughout the year, the Student leaders work on their ideas to make St Joseph's School, our local community and our global community a better place for all.
TechnologyDave Dubnick and Bennie Nielson are our specialist Technology teachers who work with our Year 7 and 8 students. Half our students go down every week for one and a half hours to Queenstown Primary School to use the workshop facilities. We are very grateful to the Board and Management at the Primary school for this opportunity. The other half remain at school for Food technology.
The students develop their learning in various areas for example:
Electronics and Circuits
Hard materials - wood, plastics and metal including soldering
Our Year 7 & 8 students have been learning Mandarin from a language tutor from China. Thanks to Confucius Institute and the Ministry of Education for this opportunity.
ScienceWhen Julie Little, our specialist Science teacher is available, she works with our Year 7 and 8 students to extend and prepare them for High school.