Junior Diploma

In Years 9 & 10, students work towards gaining the Junior Diploma each year. The focus of the Junior Diploma is on LEARNING. Teachers support students to be the best learners they can be.

To achieve the Junior Diploma students are required to work consistently in all subject areas throughout the year. They earn P.R.I.D.E. Points and Learning Points. The target is to earn a total of 10 points for each subject every term: up to 4 P.R.I.D.E. Points and up to 6 Learning Points. Students can gain Achieved, Merit or Excellence for the learning tasks they complete.

To gain the Junior Diploma students need to achieve 190 points (out of a possible 320), made up of both P.R.I.D.E. Points and Learning Points, accumulated throughout the year.

Students can achieve Subject Endorsement(s) and Overall Endorsement at Merit or Excellence levels.

 The Junior Diploma is presented at the end of year Junior Prize Giving Ceremony.

Students reap the rewards of their effort and progress by being provided with Reward Days at mid-year and at the end of the year.

Students and whanau are kept informed of progress towards the Junior Diploma. Goals towards the Diploma are set at IDP Days.

Points System

Students gain P.R.I.D.E. Points and Learning Points in each subject throughout the year.

P.R.I.D.E. Points:

These are awarded to students for displaying the School Values (see P.R.I.D.E. Rubric)

1-4 Up to a maximum of 4 P.R.I.D.E Points
Learning Points:

These are awarded to students for attempting and completing set learning tasks.

0 No learning evident
2 Some learning evident
4 Most learning evident
6 All learning evident
Level of Achievement:

As students complete various learning tasks, they are assessed against the set criteria.


Students may gain Achieved, Merit or Excellence for each learning task.


The teacher then makes an overall judgement at the end of each term.

Achieved The student has met the set criteria at the their ‘working’ level
Merit The student has met the set criteria at the expected curriculum level
Excellence The student has exceeded the set criteria above the expected curriculum level

Curriculum Expectations:

End of Year 8 Level 4
End of Year 9 Level 4/Early Level 5
End of Year 10 Level 5

 What other students have to say about the Junior Diploma:

  • I like that it gives you something to work towards and sets you up for NCEA
  • It tells me that I have accomplished something big
  • It keeps us on track and up to date with our work and prepares us for NCEA
  • It gives us something to strive for
  • I like the Reward Days!

Contact us By phone on (06) 844 6600 Or you can email us at enquiries@tamatea.school.nz

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