ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

ESOL is targeted at students for whom English is an additional language.  At Matamata College, students develop proficiency in communication over the four main skills – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, whilst gaining support with curriculum language.   Some assistance is also given with mainstream subjects as required.  Students taking ESOL are able to gain NCEA English Language Unit Standard credits over Levels 1, 2 and 3.



French is offered at Matamata College from Years 9 to 13.  Students build on their interest in the language, progressing continuously while gaining competence in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.   Developing students’ knowledge of French culture is also an essential component of studying the language.  Students will continue to consolidate and increase their vocabulary and grammar knowledge over the course of their studies.  Consequently, when students reach Years 12 and 13 (Levels 7 and 8 of the French curriculum), they would have acquired the language skills to communicate on a much deeper level in French.

A rich opportunity to use the French language is with Year 10 students from Collège Paï-Kaleone in Hienghène, New Caledonia where French is an official language. This is a bi-annual exchange which is hosted by Matamata College.  Other opportunities to use French in authentic situations include language and cultural trips to New Caledonia.


Te Reo Māori

Toi te kupu Toi te mana Toi te whenua Ko te reo rangatira e kōiri atu nei. 

At Matamata College our year 9-13 Māori language courses are offered to all students with any level of ability.  It is an entry point to learn the language, understand and appreciate the beauty of our culture. Our Junior courses are a friendly introduction to Te Reo Māori and Tikanga, building on knowledge, understanding, and vocabulary.  Our Senior level courses expand further on this focusing on purpose, strategies, print conventions and the richness of the language from a Māori perspective. Most of our students say “learning Te Reo Māori is fun and important to learn so they can share this with whānau, friends and the world”.

They’re often inspired to further their learning with us in other courses like Māori Performing Arts, Tikanga and Kapahaka.

Māori Performing Arts is an ideal way to learn the language.  It is fun, builds confidence and focuses on the skill of poi, mau rākau, waiata ā ringa, mōteatea whakaraka and haka.

Tikanga is an avenue enabling students to explore the values and concepts of Manaakitanga, Aroha, and Kaitiakitanga of a Māori world view through a range of fun activities and excursions.  

Kapahaka is another way to share and express pride in our culture.  Many students join to take part in our annual Te Wairere exchange with Morrinsville and He Tai Ohinga Ngahau Day involving several Tainui high schools.  We are very fortunate to have tutors from top National Matatini groups who are experts in their field and share this with us to ensure all performances are of a high standard.   

But don’t take my word for it, inquire today to see what all the fuss is about.  

Nau mai i raro i te korowai o te rangimarie o Te Wairere.