The classes of our Junior High programme are divided into Intermediate (Years 7-8) and Junior Secondary (Years 9-10):
All pupils in Years 7 to 10 sit school examinations in the subjects taught by Tyndale Park Christian School teachers. Pupils in Years 7 & 8 sit a one-hour paper in each subject at the end of the year. While one of the aims of these examinations is to help in the assessment of children's progress, it is also an important part of training children. As they move further through the education system, they will need the confidence and skills success in examinations demands. By introducing formal examinations at this stage we begin training them for the more difficult years ahead.
Pupils in Years 9 & 10 sit two-hour exams in July and November. The results of these examinations are reported directly to parents and may also lead to the award of a Tyndale Park Christian School Certificate.
Year 7 & 8 Course Information
Years 7 & 8 students build on the core subjects learnt in our primary.
Written English: The pupil learns to produce various forms of writing, including descriptive, narrative, expository (to explain or inform), persuasive, autobiographical sketch and narrative, opinion, business and personal letters, and basic formal essay (composition), and is able to use appropriate forms of punctuation such as capital letters, full stops, quotation marks, exclamation and question marks, to demonstrate an ability to form sentences and paragraphs correctly, and to proofread and edit own writing where necessary. The pupil is also expected to demonstrate an understanding of the various parts of speech including: Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, Verbs, Adverbs, Prepositions, Conjunctions and Interjections, and (if time permits), an understanding of Complements, Phrases and Clauses, Correct Agreement, and Modifiers.
Oral English: The pupil learns to conduct an interview or carry out research outside the class and make a verbal or written report on the same; give a two-minute speech to inform, convince or explain how something works; use correct volume, eye contact, pronunciation, pace and inflection when speaking formally to the class; effectively take part in class discussion; give an impromptu description, possible explanation or justification for own or others’ thinking; and is developing an ability to read to an audience with appropriate confidence, clarity, pace and expression.
Year 7: The pupil demonstrates an understanding of Whole Numbers and Decimals, multiplying Whole Numbers and Decimals, dividing whole Numbers and Decimals, Geometry, Fractions and Number Theory, Add and Subtract Fractions, Multiplying and Divide Fractions, Integers, Perimeter, Area, and Volume, Ratio, Proportion, and Percent, Application of Statistics and Graphing, Introduction to Probability and Measurement.
Year 8: Able to demonstrate understanding of Numbers and Arithmetic, Percent and Percentage, Signed Numbers and Algebra, Geometry, Area and Volume, Measurement, Probability and Statistics, Statistical Representations, Graphing on the Cartesian Plane, Polynomial Arithmetic and Radicals, Equations and Inequalities.
Science Projects form part of the coursework. They participate in our Annual School Science Fair; winners can enter the South and East Auckland STEM Fair. In addition, they will be offered short courses in Food Technology, Digital Technologies, and technicraft/tech art.
Year 7: The pupil demonstrates an understanding of God’s Living Creation, Plants (Provision for Life), Systematic study of our wonderful body, A healthy life, Creation and Science, Classification of Plant and Animal kingdom, Introduction to Mammals, Birds, Fish, Reptiles, Amphibians, Insects and other Arthropods, Cells and Organisms, and Introduction to Forestry and Ecology.
Year 8: The pupil demonstrates an understanding of the Characteristics of Soil, Foundations of Geology, Minerals and Rocks, Weathering and Erosion, Interpreting the Fossil Record, A survey of the Seas, Introduction to the Atmosphere, Understanding the Weather, Storms and Forecasting, Introduction to the Solar System, Man and the Universe, and The Environmental Science.
Year 7: The pupil can define worship and give examples, describe the creation and fall of mankind, list and explain the attributes of God (love, grace and mercy), explain the elements of the Christian life, describe the different types of Hebrew poetry and give examples; and give details of Jesus' incarnation and public earthly ministry.
Year 8: The pupil can give details of Christ's teaching on prayer, explain our need for salvation and the way and results of salvation, list and explain the attributes of God, outline the history of the early Church, trace Paul's missionary journeys, analyse Biblical Proverbs in terms of literary forms and key themes, outline Biblical solutions to some problems with self, school, and planning, and understand God's plan for families.
Year 9 & 10 Course Information
In Years 9 & 10, pupils continue the same core subjects as in Years 7 and 8. We aim to lay a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to equip pupils with sound work skills and habits essential for senior high school and those beginning part-time work.
Pupils take a comprehensive course that covers academic subjects. It is structured around the five Main Subjects - English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Bible, each taught for 2 to 4 hours weekly. Other subjects are taught throughout the year for up to 2 hours weekly. Some of these subjects are offered for one term only per year. All subjects offered in Years 9 & 10 are compulsory.
To prepare themselves for senior high school, students in Years 9 & 10 spend an hour a day towards completing CENZ modules. By learning and passing the assessments of CENZ modules, students gain credits towards CENZ qualifications.
The 'International Computer Drivers License' is an internationally recognised qualification granted to students who successfully complete a minimum of 7 modules in the online course. Since 2014, the course content has been expanded to offer students more options in their choice of modules. 7 Modules are still required to be completed to gain the Certificate. The course covers,
- Application Essentials
- IT Security - Cybersecurity
- Word Processing
- Remote work
Our Year 9 & 10 students complete this in weekly 1 hour sessions, with a tutor to assist and supervise. It is envisaged that all students will complete the course within the two-year period. All seven modules must be completed to gain a Certificate. We feel that this course provides an excellent foundational knowledge of computers, which is necessary in today's world. This qualification will enhance every student's C.V. when they present for a work interview.