Tauhara College



The English Faculty at Tauhara College provides courses that cater for the particular learning needs of all our students.  Suitable texts and learning activities are selected at all levels.  The faculty is committed to improving academic achievement for all students by offering both achievement standard and unit standard classes.  The staff aim to develop a positive culture of achievement and excellence in the classroom.


Junior classes are streamed in ability levels and take part in asTTle and STAR testing at the beginning and end of the year, the results of which are shared with the rest of the staff.  Those diagnosed with a need for extra help are timetabled into the Learning Centre for the help they require.


All lessons are based on the New Zealand curriculum.  Assessment calendars are established for all levels and are adhered to.  A variety of assessment procedures are encouraged so that students can be reported on accurately.  All students are urged to strive for excellence in all their work.

Subjects and Levels Taught
English Years 9-10
English - Achievement Standards Years 11-13
Communication English Years 11-12
Faculty Staff
Mrs Vicki Witton Head of Faculty, English
Head of Junior English, English
Miss Helen Edgecombe English, Classical Studies, English
Ms Polly Withington English, Social Studies, Drama
Mrs Pamela Carmichael English, Social Studies
Mrs Kate Findley English, Drama
Mrs Connie Karl Librarian

Subject Pathways


Special Activities

Extra experiences can be gained by students taking part in speech competitions, ICAS competitions, New Zealand Herald writing, short story competitions, school magazine and debating, to name a few.