The needs of our students and their learning are paramount to our work at Roncalli. We are responsive to the needs of the individual student and try our best to work out, with student and parents, the programme that best suits this particular person. We have high expectations of our staff and students, and pursue for human excellence.
What we teach at Roncalli is determined by New Zealand Curriculum from the Ministry of Education and the National Centre for Religious Studies.
Individual tuition is available for students who find reading and/or expressing their thoughts a real challenge. Teachers are always willing to meet students’ reasonable requests for extra tuition. Students who have exceptional ability are given a learning enrichment programme.
Roncalli issues an interim report in April. All other reporting is done during conferencing where the student, their parents/caregivers and their teachers work together to help the student achieve their educational goals.
Our students are prepared for the following national certificates/awards: NCEA Levels 1, 2, 3 and University Entrance.
The school day, from 8.40am to 3.20pm, features five sixty minute periods, plus morning break, lunch and House Group reading time. The school gathers for assembly each morning as an opportunity for whole school prayer.
Our courses are outlined on the Curriculum Outline. Some subjects are compulsory, others optional. Alterations may be made to accommodate staffing changes, changes in Ministry of Education policy, and student demand. Students are encouraged to pursue a programme of study that is broad based. Options will be selected after consultation to enhance this broad base.
Multi level studies are possible. e.g. a Year 13 student may do one or more NCEA Level 1 and/or Level 2 subjects. Under the Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource, or STAR scheme, some senior students may be offered special courses from polytechnics and/or universities.
Some students, with our approval, may study a subject through the Correspondence School or by video conferencing, where this is appropriate.
Religious Education Programme
At Roncalli our Religious Education studies are seen as a very important part of our overall Education-in-Faith programme. Education-in-Faith involves all that we do to awaken, foster and deepen personal faith in the loving God who created us and sustains us in being. Religious Education takes place in a formal educational setting. Its task is to further knowledge, to deepen understanding and appreciation of faith and religion. Our programme is centred on the person of Jesus Christ and his teachings.
Studies in the classroom are supplemented by retreat days (one day per year for Years 9-12, two days for Year 13), seminars, `evenings of reflection’, opportunities for prayer and the sacraments, special class and school liturgies.
There is an active sacramental programme where students throughout the year are encouraged to take part in the sacraments of initiation if they have not already.
Health and Sexuality Programmes
As a Catholic School we offer programmes that are approved by the Bishops’ Conference in these areas at all levels.
College Expectations of Parents
As a Catholic College, the Board of Trustees expects parents to support the Special Character of the College and ensure their children live by the Gospel values and participate in all Special Character activities. A commitment to co-curricular activities is expected from students and parents.