Star and Gateway

The Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR) assists to provide Year 11-13 students’ with relevant, coherent learning experiences aligned to the Vocational Pathways.

At Papanui High School this funding is used to support students learning both on site and via external providers. Students wanting to investigate training in an particular area may be able to access STAR funding if available and suitable for the intended career pathway.

Ideally time on courses would occur during school holidays but  exceptions are made to meet students needs. STAR funding is limited ,and students must see a Careers adviser to investigate the possibility of a course utilizing STAR funding. Eligibility will be based on available funding and suitability of the course to meet students needs.


Gateway provides long-term structured workplace learning for Year 12-13 students.

In consultation with the employer, a learning plan is specifically developed for each student including industry-based Unit Standards that contribute towards NCEA.

School attendance continues as usual, with students attending their Gateway Placement one day per week for a period of time to be arranged.

Students gain valuable experience and learning in a career of their choice, building confidence for a smooth transition to the workplace.

There is no cost to students. Students should see Miss Gordon to discuss this as an option.