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Study at Hillmorton - our Curriculum

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International students are able to study a wide range of subjects, with a study programme tailored to suit their individual needs.

Here is a guide to the range of subjects students can study at Hillmorton High School.

Years 7 - 8

Students have 17 hours a week in Base Camp with specialist Year 7 and 8 teachers. In addition you they have eight hours a week of study in Languages, Physical Education and Health, Science, the Arts and Technology with specialist subject teachers.

Year 7 and 8 Study Guide

Years 9 - 10

Students study English / English Language (EL), Mathematics, Physical Education and Health, Science and Social Studies in a form class. They also study up to four subjects of their choice from Languages, the Arts and Technology Learning Areas.

Year 9 Course Book

Year 10 Course Book

Years 11 - 13

Students study six subjects (including English or English Language). 

  • Course work is aligned with the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA)
  • Personalised courses to suit your individual needs
  • Multi-level learning (NCEA Levels 1 - 3)
  • An alternative end-of-year programme in November for those not doing NCEA.

Level One Course Guide

Level Two Course Guide

Level Three Course Guide

English Language

Hillmorton High School has an excellent English Language programme designed to support the student's life in New Zealand, along with their academic goals. Students can study up to eight hours a week of English Language.

Outdoor Education

Experience New Zealand's great outdoors and stunning scenery with Outdoor Education at Year 10, and Levels 1 and 2. The adventure based learning utilises best practice risk management. Activities include: abseiling, camping, climbing, mountain biking, orienteering, rock climbing, sea kayaking, skiing, snow boarding, surfing and tramping (hiking) and involves multi-day trips. Associated course fees apply.

Check out our Outdoor Education YouTube channel!

Sport in Education

Students in Years 9 and 10 may study English, Mathematics and Physical Education in a sports-based cross-curricular learning context.

International Prospectus

More information can be found in our International Prospectus, with summaries in Korean, Thai and Vietnamese.

Course Costs

Some resource rich subjects incur course related costs


Hillmorton has WiFi throughout the school. All courses and programmes have a digital aspect to them.

Students are asked to bring their own device (BYOD). 

In Years 7 - 10 please bring a chromebook.

In Years 11 - 13 students may choose what type of device they would like to use (cell phones are not appropriate).

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