Extension & Enrichment
Extension and enrichment are features of both curriculum and co-curricular programmes at all levels at Hillcrest High School. At Years 9 & 10, students identified as gifted and talented have opportunities to participate in programmes such as JEEP (Junior Extension and Enrichment Programme) and Sports Development.
JEEP (Junior Extension & Enrichment Programme)
Hillcrest High School's Junior Enrichment and Extension Programme (JEEP) is offered in Year 9 (in Semester 3) and in Year 10 (in Semester 1). JEEP's goal is to offer our junior gifted students opportunities to enrich and deepen their thinking and learning through inquiry driven classroom activities and EOTC experiences such as trips to the international film festival, live performance, exhibitions, tours of thought-provoking places and physical challenges. Students who take JEEP go on to excel in a range of areas, from sport to academic subjects, music and the arts, cultural activities and many other extra-curricular activities. The majority of our senior student leaders at Hillcrest began their path to leadership in JEEP.
Year 9 JEEP runs in Semester 3 each year, allowing our new Year 9 students to settle into the routines of high school. Year 10 JEEP is run in Semester 1 of Year 10, building upon and extending the foundations laid in 9 JEEP.
The course is designed around the Autonomous Learner Model (Betts, 1985) to meet the cognitive, emotional and social needs of gifted and talented students. By developing student's autonomy for lifelong learning, JEEP fosters a growing of their awareness of the world around us through inquiry-based learning and reflection, debate and discussion. Students are encouraged to master concepts by presenting seminars to their peers, completing individual and group research projects and creating action plans for positive change within our community.
The further development of links with Waikato University are continually explored and utilised to enrich learning for students. Selected students are currently able to study level one university papers in Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics and Maori.
There are opportunities to extend and enrich learning at senior levels through Scholarship and Cambridge classes and participation in national and international academic competitions There is an extensive itinerant music programme in the school and all students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular programmes.
Sports Development Programme
Year 9 Programme
Students applying for this trimester programme will go through a rigorous selection process before being accepted into the group.Selection will be based on sporting ability, potential, effort in both sport and school, and general attitude.
Year 9 Sports Development will be a timetabled class running in Semester 3.
Students will participate in the annual Duathlon, Co op Games, Skill Acquisition, Police-based Fitness co operation based games and Human Anatomy.
At the end of the course students will be invited to attend the end of year 9SDP trip to Rotorua.
Students from the 9SDP class can then apply to be a part of the 10SDP class for the following year.
Year 10 Programme
The class will begin the year by training for and competing in the Multi-Sport Event at Mount Maunganui. This event involves kayaking, running and swimming.
Following this students will cover the following topics: Anatomy and Biomechanics, Sports Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Exercise Physiology, Professional Sport and Adventure-Based Learning.
This programme provides a number of opportunities for students to develop their leadership, This includes running activities at the Amazing Race based at the Hamilton Gardens later in the year.
At the end of the course students will be invited to attend the end of year 10SDP trip to Auckland.
Students from the 10SDP class can then apply to be a part of the 11SDP class for the following year.
Year 11 Programme
This is a full NCEA course offering 19 credits across a range of contexts including Beach Volleyball, Mountain Biking, Off-Road Running and Kayaking, Camping, Anatomy and Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology and Strength and Contitioning and Team Games.
Following this course students can apply for the Advanced Physical Education course in Year 12.