The HUB programme is a five–year programme for every student in the Senior School. The students participate in this course once a week with others in their cohort groups.
The aims of this course (over the five years) are to:
· Encourage critical and caring thinking about issues that affect students in
this changing world.
· Provide ways for students to cope with the challenges that life, inevitably,
throws at us.
· Prepare students for life beyond the College – career development and
· Encourage students to maintain a healthy body and mind.
· Equip students with the tools they need to live a productive and fulfilling
· Develop financial literacy and capability amongst students.
· Develop useful study skills so students are able to achieve success in all that
· Develop successful and safe digital citizens.
· Encourage students to think widely about ethical issues.
· Develop leadership skills.
In Years 9 and 10, classes are taught in small classes with an emphasis on religious education and ethics, study skills, digital citizenship, mindfulness and career and course planning.
At Years 11-13, students participate in HUB in cohort groups once a week.
This term the Year 11s have had sessions on digital citizenship; an introduction to NCEA; some sessions on financial literacy and have had visiting speakers in to talk about interesting careers. For example, this week the Year 11 students heard from Sacha Judd, the Managing Director of HOKU, a company that combines private investments, early-stage technology ventures and a non-profit foundation together.
The girls were enthralled with the path Sacha had followed to reach her current destination – see photograph.
The Year 12s have had talks on life in North Korea: a session on what the careers department can help students with as they move through the senior part of the College.
All students will eventually participate in the Mates and Dates programme to help students navigate the difficulties of friendships and relationships. The Mates and Dates programme from ACC, is an extension of our Year 11 Health & Wellbeing programme on consent, alcohol and sexuality.
· It applies to all students whether they are dating or not and covers all kinds of relationships such as friendships and relationships with family/whanau.
· The programme has been designed to teach young people essential skills for having healthy relationships and preventing sexual/dating violence.
The programme is presented in an inclusive environment and with supportive guidelines in place to allow for personal safety and informative discussion.
The Year 13s have looked at plagiarism and referencing their work; sessions on flatting and the costs around this; ethical issues; and preparing yourself for life health and exercise wise when you leave university.
Some students have also participated in a session on international womens day examining gender inequalities here in NZ and overseas.
Coming up in the next three weeks they will have guest speakers from University of Auckland, the University of Otago and Victoria University.