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Services Academy

Services Academy provides a military-style education for students who would like an alternative style of learning. At James Cook High School Services Academy the students are involved in academic study, outdoor education, physical fitness, goal setting, leadership and life skills. Our students at James Cook High School have, year on year, seen their motivation, academic achievement, demeanour and physical fitness improved by being part of the Academy. This program is delivered at NCEA Level 2 and is open to any current year 11 and 12 students who wish to apply. The application process happens in term 3 for students wishing to be part of the program in the following year. Spaces are limited so applications are essential. Step up and give it a go. “Results Not Excuses”

Teen Parent Unit

The Teen Parent Unit supports school-aged students who are pregnant or who already have tamariki. Their mission statement is TAONGA (Totally Acknowledging Our Next Generation’s Abilities).

Vocational Pathways Faculty

The Vocational Pathways (Careers & Gateway) Department, is located in D-Block, opposite the Health & Wellbeing Department. The Careers Team are available to help all students gain an understanding of their career interests, skill areas, and develop their career pathways. The Careers Centre is open every interval and lunch time for students to come in with any queries. Students and their families are also welcome to book an individual careers session with the Career Adviser if they require extra academic assistance or career guidance. Here are just some of the events/activities we provide:

  • Career development workshops e.g. First Aid and Workplace Health & Safety, Customer Service; Learners Drivers Licence each school holidays
  • Support to attaining Restricted Drivers Licences
  • STAR short courses
  • Gateway work experience
  • Annual tertiary, trades and vocational pathway providers expos on site
  • Employment preparation assistance i.e. CVs, job search skills and interview preparation
  • Scholarship sessions

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Junior Integrated Programme (JIP)

Children and young people learn best when they feel accepted, when they enjoy positive relationships with their fellow learners and teachers, and when they are able to be active, visible members of the learning community.

Enacting Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles, inclusive learning communities do the right thing by learners and communities (tika), with integrity (pono) and with care and sincerity (aroha).

At James Cook High School our educators have the knowledge and the strategies that enable them to deliver a rich, engaging curriculum that is adaptive and personalised for the students.

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