Student Life & Learning


Electives Week is a much anticipated end-of-year tradition and celebration of success, as well as a great way to conclude the year.  It is designed to give our students opportunities that they may not normally receive. 

The programme will develop a broad range of lifelong interests that contribute to their health and wellbeing, strengthen their social and community connections and provide intellectual stimulation, enjoyment and fulfilment.

On offer are a huge range of experiences which change from year to year depending on student interests and teacher strengths.

Here is the form to choose your electives. Please read the instructions carefully.

Elective Form 2023

This form will be open from Tuesday 23 October – Sunday 29 October 2023.

Electives 2023

APW 1 & APW 2 (Absolutely Positively Wellington)

Mr Price, Mr Anderson, Miss Arhaim & Mr Johnston - $135

Experience all the amazing activities on offer around Te Whanganui a Tara in the greatest elective of all time.

Art Gallery

Whaea Bridget & Mrs Dowman - $10

Do you like craft, art and food? In this elective you will be part of a team creating an art gallery that incorporates an opening on the Friday. You will make arts and crafts that will be displayed. We will also share some of our food at the opening. This year’s theme will be the rainforest with totally new creations.

Ball is Life: Everything Hoops

Mr Boekhorst - $10

This elective is for those who love to play the game of Basketball. As you might expect we will be doing drills, improving our skills and competing against each other in a range of games on Te Manawa and at Nairnville Rec Centre. As well as this, we will be tracking metrics like height, wingspan & vertical jump (and more), Watching NBA and WNBA games, and learning about the history, style and pop-culture that surrounds one of the most popular sports in the world.

This elective is for hoopers of any level, but you must be committed to improving your basketball skills by listening, being receptive to feedback and trying your best in a busy 5-day camp style programme.

Body Shop

Mrs Dunn & Kelly - $60

Come and make your own products – soap, shampoo, moisturiser, lip balm, bath salts, hand sanitiser, etc.  It’s great fun, great learning, including understanding some chemical reactions. You take home the products that you have made. You get to package them too. Great for Christmas gifts.

Coding Camp

Mr Cope & Paul - Free

This is your chance to spend a week designing your own video game using Scratch. We will look at elements of game design, introduce you to computational thinking, look at effective character design, and look at what makes a great video game great. Come join in the fun!

Cutting Shapes

Mr Berthelsen - $65

This is the opportunity of a lifetime. A week of dancing, we are talking just dance, jump jam, hip hop, cheerleading, gymnastics and heaps of other genres. We will be getting professional dance tutoring from my sister (Amy-Rose Berthelsen from Prodigy Dance Company in Nelson). Along with going to watch some different dance performances by colleges around our region. We will also be going to Big Air in Tawa, using the Gymnastics Equipment at Rāroa and heading out to Jump-O-Rama to practise our flips, increasing our swagger by 10%.

Football Academy

Mr Bailey - $30
A week of futsal-type games, skills sessions, and hopefully a couple of football-based outings.

Get Crafty!

Mrs L-P - $30

Unleash your inner creative passions and skills in this elective through hands-on craft projects! Every day there will be 1-2 mini craft projects including beaded keyrings, air-dry clay decorations, pom poms, felt material stuffed animals, painted mugs, embroidery, and more!

Golf Academy

Mr Wright - $125

Week-long golfing experience. Learning the intricacies of the game from driving, iron play, wedge play and putting. You will get professional coaching and get to play at Boulcott’s Farm Heritage Golf Club.

McTemple Run

Mrs Temple & Miss McKenzie - $75

Keen for a week of activity, trying new things, and having lots of fun at the same time? Think swimming pools, bubble soccer, and heaps of other sports!

Science Lab

Miss Allan & Miss Fa'alogo- $70

Do you want to be a zoologist, a botanist or an astronomer for the week? Are you curious about the chemistry of sweet treats? Ever wondered what is really living in Khandallah Park stream? Activate your scientific mind as we explore the marvellous world around us through a range of practical activities and experiences!

Stay & Play - Board Games 2023

Mr Johnston & Miss Edge - Free

Board Games have come a long way since Monopoly and Cluedo. Come along to this elective to experience a huge range of game styles and experiences. Settle in the island of Catan, collect cats on comfy quilts, fight other submarines in Captain Sonar, or find the imposter among us in Fake Artist. You will learn new games, try out different strategies, meet new people and you may even find your new favourite game!

Stranger Things 2

Mr Gillies & Mr Boucher - $20

Uncover secrets of a government lab, portals to another world and sinister monsters. Enter the Upside Down in 1980s Rāroa – if you dare! Experience involves Dungeons & Dragons, BMX missions, Telepathic Special FX, Underworld Make-up, Science of the Upside Down….and more.

Surf & Skate

Miss Westlake & Mr Morris - $135

Keen to spend a week catching waves or picking up new skateboarding skills? Then this is the elective for you! Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, we’ve got an action-packed week planned including surfing and roller-skating lessons, swimming pool trips and skateboarding sessions at school!

Through the Lens

Mr Hawea & Mrs Collins - $30

I really love photography. If you do too, then come and join myself and Mrs Collins for a week of it. I will be covering similar content from my whakareinga this year. We have added getting around our Capital City to some places that inspire interesting photos. We will edit and produce some of your captured pieces so you can share them as a gift during the festive season. It is important that you have your own camera or a good quality camera on your phone.


Mr Martin & Matua Tadhg - $100

This Elective is EPIC!! You will be off-site for the week as we take trips to all the major water parks in the Wellington region where we will be wave riding, inflatable jumping and hydro sliding. It’s awesome fun. Don’t miss out!

Who Dunnit!

Whaea Harriet & Miss Smalley - $75

Step into a world of intrigue and suspense with this thrilling experience that invites young detectives to put on their thinking caps and solve captivating mysteries. There will be action at the Ākau Tangi Sports Centre, bloody scenes at Weta workshop and every day will give you more clues to solve the mystery. This will be an unforgettable adventure for curious minds.