St Paul's Collegiate School, Hamilton creates new Agribusiness NCEA standard

A new NCEA achievement standards programme in Agribusiness is aimed at students interested in emerging careers in science, technology and business.

The curriculum has been created by St Paul’s Collegiate School in Hamilton, in partnership with 10 other schools around the country, and is available for all New Zealand schools to use. St Paul’s Deputy Principal and Programme Director Peter Hampton says it is flexible and has applications beyond agriculture.

“The programme can be applied to any career pathway sector from fishing to tourism, to help students know all about the field they’re entering. So it can be used by central North Island schools in forestry areas, for example, or students in Nelson could take standards on fishing or aquaculture.

“The main focus is jobs and careers, and that’s the bottom line. There is a multitude of resources available freely for teachers, wherever their school is located. It’s not just academic content, it also includes stories, and pathways and careers information.”

Over 100 schools are now teaching Agribusiness or assessing some of the standards at NCEA Level 2 or 3 or both. The target is 200 by 2021.

The Agribusiness programme won the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Leading Change last year, and was recently a finalist for an international award that highlights exceptional initiatives by schools around the globe.

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Monday, April 15, 2019