Classes at Bethlehem College are taught in English. That means it’s important your child can cope with the demands of studying language rich subjects, like English and History.
As part of the application process, we test the language levels of all prospective students. To gain entry to Bethlehem College Secondary, your child will need to speak and understand a reasonable level of the English language.
Once accepted to Bethlehem College, we encourage students to prepare for the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), which is the national qualification system for New Zealand's senior secondary school students.
You can find out more about NCEA and our country’s educational qualifications on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) website.
Our Academic Dean, Esther Blears, will be available to help students choose the right subjects for their academic goals.
We love seeing our students continue on into tertiary education, so we offer NCEA Level 2 University Entrance literacy, as part of the Year 13 International course.
Bethlehem College is a test centre for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), so we also give students the chance to prepare for the IELTS examination, by attending after-school classes.
We keep you informed. Academic reports are completed in Terms 2 and 4. Copies of these reports are forwarded to parents and /or agents.
International students also receive additional progress reports in Terms 1 and 3.
WHAT’S THE BASIC ACADEMIC PROGRAMME FOR STUDENTS?
For a full breakdown of the academic programme we offer, please have a look at the Course Handbooks.
My first teacher, Mr Thompson, taught me poetry. While I have been here, my English has improved. I owe this to Mrs Dean. Thank you, Mrs Dean and International Department for helping me make the transition from Korea to NZ.
Minyoung Kim, Year 10