Fiordland College Education

National Curriculum Learning Areas

Fiordland College offers the nationally prescribed curriculum that is compulsory for all New Zealand schools. Reports are issued to parents regularly throughout the year.

The Fiordland College Curriculum reflects the interests and needs of its community and the requirements of the NZ Curriculum as required by the Ministry of Education. In the senior school (Years 11, 12 and 13), students study towards the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). This is our national qualification and is internationally recognised.

Essential Learning Areas

The New Zealand National Curriculum is divided into eight "Essential Learning Areas". As stated in the NZ Curriculum document the learning associated with each area is part of a broad, general education and lays a foundation for later specialisation.


Students study, use, and enjoy language and literature communicated orally, visually, or in writing.

The Arts

Students explore, refine, and communicate ideas as they connect thinking, imagination, senses, and feelings to create works and respond to the works of others.

Health and Physical Education

Students learn about their own well-being, and that of others and society, in health-related and movement contexts.

Learning Languages

Students learn to communicate in an additional language, develop their capacity to learn further languages, and explore different world views in relation to their own.

Mathematics and Statistics

Students explore relationships in quantities, space, and data and learn to express these relationships in ways that help them to make sense of the world around them.


Students explore how both the natural physical world and science itself work so that they can participate as critical, informed, and responsible citizens in a society in which science plays a significant role.

Social Sciences

Students explore how societies work and how they themselves can participate and take action as critical, informed, and responsible citizens.


Students learn to be innovative developers of products and systems and discerning consumers who will make a difference in the world.

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