Curriculum and Academic Support

Sacred Heart offers a varied and exciting curriculum that suits the needs of all its learners.

Specialist tuition in English language is offered in small classes within the curriculum at no extra cost. Students are tested and placed in appropriate classes to continue to develop their English language skills.


A wide range of subject choices is available. The International Dean supports each student’s academic pathway, and a homework club is also on offer.

Superb facilities and expert teachers help develop students’ artistic talents in Music, Drama, Painting, Photography and Design.

Our sports programme caters for students of all abilities; from those who choose sport as an interest to those who hope to pursue a career in sport. We have over 25 sporting codes available. See our Sports pages for more details.

Learn more about our Junior curriculum, and the extensive range of subjects in our Senior Curriculum.  See the subject details and potential career pathways here.

  • Curriculum and Academic Support
  • Curriculum and Academic Support

Academic Support

International Students meet regularly with the International Director to track progress and discuss future pathways.  With plenty of sport, cultural activities and service and leadership opportunities available, we encourage our international students to achieve academically and to develop a sense of involvement and participation in the College and New Zealand’s way of life.

With small numbers and excellent staff, our international students enjoy a high rate of success in continuing on to, and succeeding at, tertiary level.

  • Curriculum and Academic Support
  • Curriculum and Academic Support

Devices needed

Each student needs a laptop to support their studies at our school. Short-term students may borrow a school laptop.  Please see our FAQs and this page for more details. We highly recommend that each student has a smartphone with a New Zealand Sim card.

National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)

The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is New Zealand’s official secondary or high school qualification. The NCEA system has three levels. Each level is usually studied in each of the three final years (11, 12 and 13) of secondary schooling, though students can study across multiple levels. Our examination results for NCEA are well above the national average at all levels.

See the video below which explains the recent changes to NCEA and how they will be implemented in our school.

A Study in New Zealand document (produced by the NZQA) is available to help international students understand NCEA – see the links below.