The Life Skills programme is taken by all students in Years 11, 12 and 13 (except IB students), for 1-2 hours per week. At Year 11, this programme is known as Step Up (11STEP) and at Year 12, as Life Skills/Careers.
Life Skills incorporates areas of Health Education, Careers Education and Guidance and Study Skills. It encompasses a variety of learning experiences with speakers, videos, drama presentations and discussion groups. We encourage students to discuss topics at home with parents, as this opens up new areas for family discussion. During the year the students may be required to submit a number of short refections in conjunction with this programme. It does not include NCEA assessment. An expectation is that students will complete five hours of community service at Year 12.
The broad aims of this programme are:
- To enable students to increase self-awareness, identify core values and develop coping skills for successful social integration.
- To encourage students to establish self-management and decision-making skills.
- To help students identify goals (including life and career goals) and establish a sense of purpose and direction.
- To engage in service activities.