Junior Curriculum Information


At Hornby High School / Te Huruhuru Ao o Horomaka we consider quality, learning-focussed  relationships to be at the heart of a thriving and successful kura. Wānanga is time and space in our school timetable that is dedicated to nurturing and sustaining relationships between learners and teachers, kura and whānau, and amongst the learners themselves. All learners in Years 7 – 11 are part of a Wānanga grouping in which they have regular contact with a Wānanga learning advisor (teacher / kaiako) whose job it is to know the learner well, and walk alongside them throughout their school journey. 

Wānanga time and content varies depending on year level. Currently Year 7 – 9 learners have seven hours of Wānanga per week, and engage in a variety of learning activities that focus on nurturing the Key Competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum, in particular relating to others, managing self, and participating and contributing. There is also time in Wānanga for young people to explore their passions and particular areas of interest, and immerse themselves in project learning, via termly learning kete. 

Year 10 – 11 learners have five hours per week dedicated to Wānanga. Continuing the strong focus on positive learning relationships and connection, the kaupapa at this level shifts towards academic goal setting and monitoring, career planning, and engaging in personalised passion projects that are unique to each individual. 

As of 2021 – 2022, Year 12 and 13 students do not have Wānanga time, but it is our ambition to include these senior levels in Wānanga in the future. 


In the junior school, Years 7 – 9, a significant amount of learning time is dedicated to Hurumanu, in which the various learning areas of the New Zealand Curriculum are interwoven into meaningful contexts to help bring learning to life. 

The word Hurumanu evokes the feathers of a manu (bird), which interweave, cloak the bird and enable it to fly. In our Hurumanu, the different learning areas and ‘subjects’ do not stand alone, but rather weave into each other to bring meaning and purpose. 

Teachers utilise our flexible learning spaces to group students appropriately during Hurumanu; sometimes working in combined class groupings with two or more teachers in an open learning space, and at other times taking a more traditional, single-classroom approach. No matter the groupings or students, teachers work collaboratively across various learning areas to create and deliver contextualised and meaningful themes of learning, which engage learners in our Learn, Create, Share pedagogy. 

Specialist Subject Learning, and Options

Learners also have the opportunity to engage in languages and specialist subjects, benefitting from the expertise of the range of talented teachers we have across our kura. 

In Year 7 & 8, students get a taste of language learning in Te Reo Māori and Japanese, and exposure to a range of other specialist areas like Visual Art, Drama, Digital Technology, Materials Technology, Textiles and Foods, on rotation throughout the year. 

In Years 9 & 10, students have the choice of which specialist subjects they focus on, via our junior Option lines. 

Year 9 Course Information Booklet

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Year 10 Course Information Booklet

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Year 10 Option Choice Form

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