Specialist Courses

As well as the large range of academic courses the school offers senior students, particularly those who will go on to tertiary education, Gisborne Boys’ High School also offers a range of industry-related courses specifically for those students who want to focus on a set industry or apprenticeship on leaving school.


We offer a TRADES ACADEMY programme run through EIT. Students can choose between a range of programmes which are based on EIT’s Tairawhiti Campus every Friday. Places are limited for this programme and students need to apply by the end of Term 3 in conjunction with their subject choice.


Gisborne Boys High School provides programs that are aligned with the National Certificate in Building and Construction. The school uses the unit standards that directly from the BConstructive site which allows our students to get a head start into the building sectors. BConstructive are hands on programmes that lead to two qualifications: the National Certificate in Building, Construction, and Allied Trades Skills (BCATS) at Levels 1 and 2.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is a diverse subject that derives its breadth from the need to design and manufacture everything from small individual parts and devices (e.g., microscale sensors and inkjet printer nozzles) to large systems (e.g., spacecraft and machine tools). At GBHS we provide students with the oportunity to achieve a Certificate of Mechanical Engineering L1 & 2

Outdoor Pursuits

This is the ‘cold weather’ version of SOOP. The learning is based around Bushcraft and outdoor navigation and tramping skills. Students will plan and participate in a 3 day hiking trip in the Ureweras and may also undertake a snow based trip to Mt Ruapehu if fund raising is possible. Term 4 will have a brief Surfing focus to enable students to achieve AS91501- practical performance in the surf using the schools surfboards.