From page 1 // Back­lash over bak­ing cour­ses

Marlborough Express - - FRONT PAGE -

Stu­dents are given the chance to choose four core sub­jects from arts, lan­guages and tech­nol­ogy.

‘‘It was in­ter­est­ing feed­back to know that it [the Bulletin] was per­ceived this way. We pro­vide a range of cour­ses and op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet the dif­fer­ent needs of all our stu­dents,’’ she said.

Lynch says the ca­reers pub­li­ca­tion was part of a school-wide ethos to pro­vide ‘‘op­por­tu­nity aware­ness’’.

‘‘In par­tic­u­lar, we pro­vide cour­ses that of­fer path­ways to fur­ther train­ing. For ex­am­ple in hos­pi­tal­ity and ca­ter­ing, we have a strong re­la­tion­ship with NMIT and a num­ber of stu­dents con­tinue on to do their cour­ses.’’

Elec­tives at Marl­bor­ough Boys’ Col­lege for year nine stu­dents fea­ture drama, dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, art, de­sign and graphics, food tech­nol­ogy, generic tech­nol­ogy and mu­sic.

Fig­ures from Ed­u­ca­tion Counts shows sub­jects phased out since the 1990s in­clude metal work, sec­re­tar­ial skills, short­hand and wood­work.

Po­ten­tial em­ploy­ees from across Marl­bor­ough took part in the ca­reers in­for­ma­tion expo on Thurs­day.

From funeral di­rec­tors and nurses to de­sign engi­neers and plant and food re­searchers, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from a cross-sec­tion of busi­nesses at­tended.

Head of stu­dent coun­cil Eve Goodall-cro­marty said hav­ing a wide range of sub­ject choices was im­por­tant. ‘‘Sub­ject choices de­pend on pas­sion and what it is you want to do. The sub­jects are a bit more modern now, for ex­am­ple, sewing is now fash­ion. These skills may sound old­fash­ioned but they’re still rel­e­vant.’’

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s Ellen Mac­gre­gor-reid, deputy sec­re­tary early learn­ing and stu­dent achieve­ment, said the New Zealand cur­ricu­lum sets out ‘‘a clear di­rec­tion for stu­dents’ learn­ing based on key prin­ci­ples.’’

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