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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.’’