The Curriculum

We are justly proud of the academic success and achievement of the boys at every level.
Excellence is the aim for all at St Thomas of Canterbury College and the boys are encouraged to achieve their very best in everything they do.

Students excel in our small classes where teachers give them individual attention. Less able students are given specialist help and more able students are extended and stimulated.


On their arrival at the College, all students at whatever level, undergo a series of tests to assess their needs.


An emphasis on flexible time-tabling and a variety of courses allow students to take the subjects which suit them best. Some courses lead to further academic study, some are employment-related and others assist their personal development. They leave the college well equipped for their lives ahead.

The courses for Years 7 – 10 are coordinated in content, some being taken on a term or semester basis.

Year 11 students take six subjects and 12 & 13 students take five or six subjects, depending on ability, with a wide range available. Students can take a combination of subjects from different levels. These students are prepared for one or more qualifications which enable them to gain access to further educational opportunities beyond school. Some students may take university courses while still at school.


The courses we offer are constantly being reviewed to ensure they meet the needs of our students.


The junior school (Year 7 – 10) of the College operates a graduation system. In this system, students are assessed each term in the categories of attitude, class work and homework. Students must maintain a 60% average to graduate to the next year level. Academic achievement is not included in the system.


In the senior levels NZQA results determine student advancement.

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