The Curriculum

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Marlborough Girls' College is committed to providing a high quality education for all of our students.   Our Curriculum is designed to support students to develop as positive, self-confident young women ready to face the challenges of a rapidly changing twenty first century world and to contribute to society.

Staff set high expectations for achievement and self-management that allow students to develop understanding, key competencies and knowledge. International Students applying to study at Marlborough Girls’ College must be able to demonstrate a positive attitude towards their studies, and a high level of achievement in their own country. We work with our students to set academic goals and review these on a termly basis.

Year 9 and 10

All students follow a learning programme consisting of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education.
There will also be some elective subjects.

Years 11–13

From Year 11 (age 15 - 16), students work toward the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA).
At this level all students must reach pass 10 credits in literacy and numeracy to achieve NCEA. Students study 6 subjects.

In Year 12 (age 16-17 ) students study six subjects for NCEA Level 2. There are a variety of courses including vocational courses.

For  Year 13 (age 17 - 18) NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand Scholarships (Level 4), students choose up to five subjects, usually relevant to their intended course of study at a tertiary institution. There are no compulsory subjects. To take languages and sciences at this level, these subjects must first have been studied in Years 11 and 12.

English as a Second Language Programme (ESL)

Marlborough Girls' College English as a Second Language courses are designed to develop our International Students' literacy skills. They focus on speaking, listening, reading, grammar and essay writing.
There are four different levels of ESL classes offered - elementary, intermediate, higher intermediate and advanced. We prepare students to pass NCEA level 2 English credits that are a requirement for entrance to university.  Both ESL and English credits are on offer.  We are also able to prepare students for English examinations such as TOEIC, TOFEL and IELTS, and help them to make the arrangements to sit these examinations.

Marlborough Girls’ College has an excellent ESL department. Teachers in the department are expert at improving the language skills of International Students and supporting international students to function in the subjects they are studying.

Outdoor Education Programme

New Zealand is famous for its beautiful environment and we encourage our International Students to have first-hand experience in the outdoors. Our Outdoor Education Programme allows our students to go into the outdoors and learn skills including bush-walking, kayaking, mountain-biking, river crossing, rock climbing and skiing.

Year 10 students have the opportunity to explore the beautiful Nelson Lakes here while staying at Lake Rotoiti Lodge.

Year 12 and 13 students have the opportunity to join our Outdoor Education programme which  are full year courses and based primarily in the Marlborough region.

New Zealand Tourism Studies

This subject is a studied by both New Zealand students and to International Students. New Zealand Studies gives you an in depth study of the history and geography of New Zealand and an insight into our culture.

Performing and Visual Arts Courses

The Performing Arts Courses provide a range of opportunities for students who are interested in developing their drama and music skills. Senior Students have the opportunity to join:

  • Visual Arts
  • Drama
  • Graphic Design
  • Instrumental Music
  • Maori Performing Arts
  • Pasifika Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Extra-Curricular

We offer provide a wide range of extra-curricular cultural, leadership, service and sporting activities that provide opportunities for all students to experience success in individual and team pursuits. There are a large number of group activities including:

  • Cultural 
  • Sports 
  • Marlborough Girls' College leadership programme offers opportunities from Years 9-13

There are also a range of developmental  opportunities available such as Spirit of Adventure,  Outward Bound and representing the College at the model United Nations to name a few. Marlborough Girls' College also provides opportunities for students to be involved in service in the community. These include the Marlborough Girls’ form class service challenge, supporting World Vision, Leos Club, World Challenge and other voluntary work as identified and supported by the students.