Course Selection Process

How families and whānau can help
With term 3 now underway, all students (Years 9-13) are starting the process of selecting their subjects courses for next year. This process is completed by using our new online platform which can be accessed through the Parent Portal under ‘Course Selection’. If you have lost/forgotten your Parent Portal username and password, please contact us, we are happy to help!

It is important for students to think carefully about their selections and seek information from a variety of sources. For many students choosing courses can be an anxious time. However, there are many places they can seek help.

At school, students can talk with Careers staff, their dean and/or subject teachers for advice. At home, families and whānau can help by reassuring their child and helping their child to identify their interests, skills and strengths.

Families and whānau can also help by arranging opportunities for their child to talk to other adults about their career journeys as this can broaden a child’s perspective about their own career pathway. Research has shown that students who speak to three or more adults about their hopes, fears and ambitions about the future feel much more positive about their career prospects.

The transition from secondary school to starting a career has changed in recent years and may be different from parents’ experiences when they were making the same decision. It is important to offer the right advice. A recent Radio New Zealand interview with professional careers advisor Caroline Sandford is worth listening to, as she answers the universal question “How do you start to figure out what career is right for you?”

There are also some very useful resources on the Careers New Zealand website such as:

  1. How to choose NCEA subjects
  2. Conversation tips for families and whānau at NCEA subject choice time
  3. Why it’s important to take STEM subjects

If you would like to meet with a member of the Careers team please make an appointment by selecting “Careers” at one of our upcoming Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences, held on 18 and 19 August 2020.

How to explore and select courses:

  • To access the 2021 course selection material, simply head to the Parent Portal HERE and sign in using your username and password.
  • Select ‘Course Selection’, and you will then have access to your child’s 2021 course selection options.
  • You can find more detailed information about the Course Selection process for parents HERE.
  • Information for students can be found HERE.