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Senior College Options

The Senior College Options Programme is a unique feature of St Andrew’s College. The programme provides students with the opportunity to study subject areas that will broaden their outlook, generate insight into career and general life skills and equip them with skills for advancement in their studies. All students in the Senior College are involved in the Options Programme in addition to their academic studies. Option classes are timetabled on Monday Period 6, for six periods each term, apart from Term 4.

In order to meet the requirements for the Senior College Diploma, all students will need to complete five options over two years. Any students new to the College in Year 13 will need to complete three options. The awarding of a credit for each option results from full participation in the option course chosen.

All Year 12 students will be required to complete the Future Pathways Option. Students will be allocated to the term that they are required to complete this option. Students cannot complete more than one option per term.

The Senior College Options Programme is managed by Mr Webster. For further information, please email 


Students should view all options available below before making their choice. Options will be selected at three times during the year:

  • beginning of Term 1 for Term 1 option courses;
  • beginning of Term 2 for Term 2 option courses;
  • end of Term 2 for Term 3 option courses.

For Year 13 students, if you are involved in a scholarship class on Monday Period 6, please see Mr Webster to discuss your options.

It is important that you check the price of each option and the exact time that the option runs prior to registration.

Staff personally contact the parents of students to seek consent for participation in an option where:

  • a risk factor has been identified (e.g. fixed wing flying, surfing, scuba diving);
  • an option class fee exceeds $160.00.

Option fees are disbursed to a student's account once registration is finalised.



When: Monday, 3.00pm–5.00pm

Where: Vision College, 50 Hazeldean Road, Addington

Cost: $240

Class Size: 6–8 students

Areas of Study: Unit standards 17284 and 17285.

Knowing how to make good coffee is a foot-in-the-door to most holiday jobs now. This course covers the origins of coffee and how it is processed, along with the types of coffee and what affects their flavour when made in cafes. The second half of the course is hands-on and you will learn how to make various types of coffee, such as Long Black, Cappuccino and Flat White.

Please notice the time that this course runs.

Basketball Skills / Rules of the Game Module

When: Monday Period 6

Where: St Andrew's College (venue to be confirmed)

Training Provider: Aled Jones

Training Fee: No Charge

Class Size: 6–25 students

Defensive Driving – An Evening Course (Year 13 Students Only)

When: Monday/Wednesday, 6.30pm–8.30pm (available throughout the year).
Four two-hour theory sessions (new course each month).
One hour practical driving session with instructor on completion of theory.

If you select this Option, you also need to register with Mrs Simmons in the Senior College Office for the pre-course administration.

Where: St Andrew's College Cricket Pavillion

Training Provider: Mike Smith

Training Fee: $140.00 (approximate cost, subject to class size)

Special Conditions:

  • Learners License holder – complete this course just before sitting your restricted;
  • Restricted License holder – complete this course at any time. It will reduce the full license requirement by six months.

Class Size: 10–15 students (only available to Year 13 students)

Areas of Study:

  • causes of crashes;
  • your driving profile;
  • searching and assessing hazards;
  • reducing risks.

On completion of this course, candidates will get six months off their restricted license.

First Aid

When: Monday Period 6

At the end of the sessions, you will gain a Basic First Aid five hour certificate – you must attend all six sessions in order to be eligible for the certificate.

Where: St Andrew's College (venue to be confirmed)

Training Provider: Red Cross

Training Fee: $100.00

Class Size: 10–12 students

Areas of Study:

Session 1: Primary Assessment (DRSABCD)
Monday 27 July, 2.30pm–3.20pm
Foundation of First Aid. The students will learn to follow the order of steps that need to be taken to identify and treat injuries and medical conditions until advanced care arrives.

Session 2: CPR (Adult, Child and Infant)
Monday 3 August, 2.30pm–3.20pm
Students will learn how to successfully perform CPR for a range of ages.

Session 3: AED and Choking
Monday 10 August, 2.30pm–3.20pm
Students will learn the correct techniques required for choking first aid.

Session 4: Bleeding
Monday 17 August, 2.30pm–3.20pm
Students will learn correct techniques for first aid in bleeding and wounds.

Session 5: Muscular Skeletal Injuries
Monday 24 August, 2.30pm–3.20pm
Students will learn correct techniques for first aid in for muscular skeletal injuries (fractures, sprains and strains)  .

Session 6: Medical (asthma, seizures, anaphylaxis, heart attacks) conditions and Environmental conditions
Monday 31 August, 2.30pm–3.20pm
Students will learn to recognise medical conditions and aid on first aid and first aid for Environmental conditions (heat stroke and hypothermia).

Future Pathways Programme (Year 12 Students Only)

When: Monday Period 6

Where: St Andrew's College (venue to be confirmed)

Training Provider: Mr Matthews, Mr Webster and staff from Zest People

Training Fee: $20.00

Areas of Study:

The aim of this Option is for Year 12 students to learn more about themselves and the opportunities available to them beyond school.

  • an overview of Years 12–13 and how to keep your options open;
  • entry requirements for pathways beyond school, pitfalls to be aware of and how to capitalise on opportunities available;
  • two sessions with Zest People staff. Personality profiling. Myers Briggs and assessment and link to possible career paths. Individual values with links to workplace compatibility;
  • overview of university and polytechnic study.

Hockey Skills

When: Monday Period 6

Where: Hockey Turf

Training Provider: Joe Piggott

Training Fee: No Charge

Class Size: 6–20 students

Areas of Study:

  • 3D skills;
  • basic fundamentals;
  • game sense drills.

IT Future Applications

When: Monday Period 6

Where: St Andrew's College (venue to be confirmed)

Training Provider: Core Education

Training Fee: $200.00

Class Size: 16 students maximum

This is an exciting new Option that looks at exploring the future applications of new technologies. How will these technologies be used in our everyday lives? How may these technologies effect our career journey? How can we have fun designing and implementing new technologies into our everyday lives?

What is this about? Why does the world need it? Career opportunities.
Using a VR headset to create a quick tour/looking at the Merge Cube for AR. 

Drone Technology 
Programming via the Dji Tello Drone. Safety and programming a simple mission.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Using Python to look at how AI works. What is it for? How can it help solve community needs?
Looking into how to "security test" a car computer for vulnerabilities. 

Game Development
Looking at game development, how we get started in this industry, where can it lead?

IOT – Internet of Things
What can connect to the internet these days? Toasters, fridges, cars and much more. How is this changing the world? 

Network Security
What is network security? How do computers communicate? How do hackers help and hinder the process of future trends?

Learn Italian (Conversational Emphasis)

When: Monday Period 6

Where: St Andrew's College (venue to be confirmed)

Training Provider: Beniamino Petrosino

Training Fee: $80.00

Class Size: 8–12 students

Areas of Study:
Italian (Italiano) is a Romance language currently spoken by some 66,000,000 people, of whom the vast majority live in peninsular Italy. France, including Corsica, has about 260,000 Italian speakers and Switzerland more than 500,000. Learn basic Italian in this option course to get you started for your first OE adventure!

Learn Spanish (Conversational Emphasis)

When: Monday Period 6

Where: SC202

Training Provider: To be confirmed

Training Fee: $80.00

Class Size: 6–8 students

Areas of Study:
Spanish is a language spoken widely all over the world. Its is one of the most popular languages that people try to learn. It has the official language status in 20 countries and is spoken by more than 550million people. Learn some Spanish and enhance your travel experiences!

Learning to Drive

When: Monday, 2.30pm–4.00pm

Where: St Andrew's College

Training Provider: Owen Wood, Cashmere Driving School

Training Fee: Subject to activities undertaken

Open to all students at all levels of driving license qualification.

Areas of Study:

  • slow manoeuvres (e.g. parallel parking);
  • passing;
  • accelerating and braking on various surfaces;
  • emphasis on improving practical driving skills;
  • suitable for learner drivers.

Makeup (Contemporary Beauty Makeup)

When: Monday, 2.30pm–4.00pm

Where: AB104

Training Provider: Pearl Babington

Training Fee: $85.00

Class Size: 10 students

Areas of Study:

  • foundation;
  • concealer tips;
  • blush tips;
  • eye makeup;
  • skin care.

'The Mental Edge' Sports Performance

When: Monday Period 6

Where: St Andrew's College (venue to be confirmed)

Training Provider: Renzie Hanham

Training Fee: $60.00

Class Size: 6–12 students

Areas of Study:

  • where pressure comes from;
  • how to avoid being overwhelmed or distracted by it;
  • how to stay 'on task' and make the right decisions, even in the toughest, must-win situations.

Netball Skills / Rules of the Game Module

When: Monday Period 6

Where: St Andrew's College (venue to be confirmed)

Training Provider: Megan Hutton

Training Fee: No Charge

Class Size: 6–15 students


When: Monday Period 6

Where: St Andrew's College (venue to be confirmed)

Training Provider: Melanie Vannoort

Training Fee: No Charge

Class Size: 6–20 students

Areas of Study:

  • healthy eating;
  • the food pyramid;
  • when to eat;
  • pre-match preparation.

Personal Fitness

When: Monday Period 6

Where: Fitness Centre

Training Provider: Greg Thompson

Training Fee: No Charge

Class Size: 6–20 students

Rock Climbing

When: Monday, 3.00pm–4.30pm

Where: YMCA Adventure Centre, 239 Waltham Road

Training Provider: YMCA Adventure Centre

Training Fee: $235

Special Conditions: Wear PE gear and sports shoes (must be closed-in toe)

Class Size: 24 students

Areas of Study:

Come Climbing!

Rock climbing at the YMCA is a great way to build strength, challenge yourself, try something new and learn some great skills. Climbing is a fantastic way to build core strength and muscle control. Team work and trust are also built when climbing with others.

Rugby Skills / Rules of the Game Module

When: Monday Period 6

Where: St Andrew's College (venue to be confirmed)

Training Provider: Mike Johnson

Training Fee: No Charge

Class Size: 6–20 students

Areas of Study:

  • the laws of rugby;
  • signals;
  • special regulations;
  • expectations;
  • best practice.

Screen Printing

When: Monday Period 6

Where: FA102

Training Provider: Michelle Lawrence

Training Fee: $50.00 plus cost of materials, this will vary for each student but on average it will be another $50.00

Class Size: 8–10 students

Areas of Study:

  • explore the possibilities of screen printing as an art form;
  • make designs suitable for printing onto t-shirts and bags;
  • students start with simple one-colour prints and then move onto three and four-colour prints;
  • explore photographic images;
  • endless possibilities to be creative.

STEM – Antarctica and Exploration

When: Monday, 2.30pm–5.00pm

Where: International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch

Training Provider: International Antarctic Centre

Training Fee: $200.00

Class Size: 10 students 

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The World of Food (Year 13 Students Only)

When: Monday, 2.30pm–4.30pm

Where: Classroom to be confirmed, and various restaurants throughout Christchurch

Training Provider: Ian Morrison

Training Fee: $80.00

Special Conditions: Numbers are restricted. A passion and respect for other cultures is required.

Class Size: 10 students maximum (only available to Year 13 students)

Areas of Study:
Ever wondered how to cook food eaten in other countries? Join this course and visit four ethnic food establishments. Help identify and prepare food, ask the questions you always wanted to, taste the results!


When: Monday Period 6

Where: Dance Studio

Training Provider: Leanne Ward

Training Fee: No Charge

Class Size: 6–20 students