About

The Inquiry Learning programme at Tauranga Boys' College is available to all Year 9 and 10 students by application. Currently there are two Year 9 classes and two Year 10 classes. Inquiry Learning classes have two teachers, instead of four, to cover the core curriculum areas of English, Maths, Science and Social Studies. The class has a student-centered, project-based approach for students to develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity and problem solving.

Anyone can apply to enrol into Inquiry Learning. For further information please explore this web site.

Why? To prepare our young men for success in their future as active Global citizens.

How? We use a cross curricular, student centered, project based approach for students to develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity and problem solving.

What? Our Students:

  • own their learning and have choice in what they learn about

  • work hard, manage their time, and have high standards

  • engage in real world issues and aspire to be change makers

  • show empathy and respect to others

About Inquiry Learning at Tauranga Boys' College

"We do not expect our teacher to tell us what to think or learn. We are in control, the only thing that is expected of us is that we THINK and ENJOY LEARNING!

The aim is for us to solve problems or answer deep questions that interest us. Our solutions will be innovative and supported with evidence that WE have discovered. We will not encounter any problems on this journey, only challenges to be overcome."


When students own their learning

Questions are central in this programme.

What does it mean to be truly educated?

In this short video, respected academic Noam Chomsky gives his views that correlate with some of the aims of the TBC Inquiry programme.

Great Barrier Island 2020

A student created video of the class camp to Great Barrier island.

Inquiry Learning - Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Evidence about the Inquiry Learning programme.

View the research report on the 2008 pilot programme.

View the interim research report on the 2009 programme

Read a student's report on what he gained from the programme.