Years 7 and 8

Years 7 & 8

The Year 7&8 department at Chanel College gives students the opportunity to develop their learning in an environment where they feel safe, secure and supported. We are a caring and compact department where students have the security of form rooms and class room teachers as well as the opportunity to receive specialised teaching from teachers in the College part of the school. We are also privileged to have small class sizes where students receive excellent levels of teaching and support from our dedicated teaching staff.

Spending two years with us in Year 7&8 allows students an easier transition into the College area of the school. They have an understanding of how the school operates, they have often already been taught by the teachers before and they already have friendship groups with their peers as well as having made many friends with senior students. Finally and most importantly they already feel 100% part of the Chanel College family.

In our ever developing world the young people in our department are definitely the ‘Technological generation’ and because of this one of the goals in our teaching is to ensure our teaching fits with this. Using video clips, moving animations, interactive quizzes, student led activities as well as having instant Internet access has meant the teaching and learning has moved into our technology orientated 21st Century.


In our department we place an emphasis on the teaching of the core areas of Literacy and Numeracy. Students are taught these key subject areas every day.

Being a Catholic school, Religious Education is valued extremely highly and students receive three periods of teaching each week which involves the teaching of values with a specific focus upon the wonderful role model, Jesus Christ. As a school we also hold daily prayers, weekly liturgies and termly masses.

The advantage of being able to progress students seamlessly from Year 7 to Year 10 in prearation for NCEA cannot be underestimated. Our aim is to provide a wide and varied curriculum across many other subject areas that will offer many opportunities for our students. To do this we utilise not only the skills of our Year 7&8 teachers but also the opportunities given through being part of a secondary school where students are taught subjects by specialist teachers. During their time with us students will study the subject areas of:


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy 
  • Religious Education 
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Health
  • Maori
  • Spanish
  • Food Technology
  • Materials Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Art




Extension opportunities for students

Providing extension opportunities for students is given high importance in the Year 7 and 8 Department with planned activities in class programmes and opportunities for participating in activities such as:

  • ICAS English, Writing, Mathematics, Science and Computing Competitions, ,
  • Asia-Wide Social Studies Competition,
  • Matharapa and Otago Maths – Problem Solving Competitions,
  • Intermediate Schools’ Speech Competition
  • Science & Technology Fair
  • Inter-Schools Sports Competitions.
  • Wairarapa REAP extension courses



Students are encouraged to participate and represent Chanel College in sports teams. In Winter there is netball, soccer, rugby, hockey, canoe polo, table tennis and basketball and in Summer, tennis, cricket and athletics. 

Students can also take part in many school events such as Inter-house swimming, athletics, cross country and basketball.

Chanel College belongs to the group of schools that take part in Super Sports events as well as the Masterton Primary Schools cluster.


Cultural activities

Chanel College students are given the opportunity and are encouraged to be involved in a variety of cultural activities.
These include:

  • Cultural Group
  • Choir
  • Young Vinnies
  • Speech competitions
  • Debating
  • Drama
  • School Council
  • Music Tuition (guitar, keyboard, flute & drums)


Comments from current students

Chanel College is great, a fun environment and the teachers are nice.  

Chanel College is a friendly school and you will make friends really quickly.

There are many opportunities to take part in a wide variety of sports such as cross-country and soccer.

Chanel College offers a great range of different subjects and activities for all of its pupils. 

You can make lots of friends and you get along with the older students really well.