Junior Curriculum, Years 9 - 10

Offering a broad range of courses to meet the needs of diverse students.

We operate a 25 period weekly timetable for delivery of the curriculum (five one-hour periods from Monday to Friday).

Info      Year 9  Year 10

Alongside the regular curriculum is our Tutor Mentoring programme that promotes metacognitive approaches to understand how to learn and mentoring processes focused on reflection on academic goals and progress. This is supported by Year 12 and 13 students.

The curriculum meets the requirements of the New Zealand Curriculum where the Key Competencies and Values are developed within the eight learning areas.

YEAR 9

At Year 9 the emphasis is to provide a sound foundation of subjects. All subjects are compulsory, and with the exception of Mathematics are taught in Tutor Class groups.

Learners have four periods a week of English, and three periods a week of Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, Science and Social Studies.

These five subjects continue into Year 10 as compulsory subjects.

Learners also study two languages (Japanese and French or Te Reo Maori) three periods a week for one semester; and Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) (approximately 10 weeks each of Music, Visual Art, Dance, and Drama) and Technology (approximately 10 weeks each of Food, Multi-Materials, Textiles, and Design and Visual Communication – formerly known as Graphics).

Core Compulsory Subjects
  • English
  • Languages  two terms
    • French
    • Japanese
    • Te Reo Maori
    • or English as an Additional Language (EAL) – four terms
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education and Health
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology – one term each
    • Food
    • Fabric
    • Multi-Materials
    • Graphics
  • Visual and Performing Arts – one term each
    • Art
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • Music

YEAR 10

The continued emphasis at Year 10 is to further develop key competencies and subject knowledge and skills that set a strong foundation for senior studies.

Learners continue with compulsory English, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, Science and Social Studies.

Learners have four periods a week of Mathematics and three periods a week of English, Science, Social Studies and Health and Physical Education.

In addition they choose THREE options from the remaining learning areas (Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, and Technology). One option slot may be filled with two half-year courses.

Core Compulsory Subjects
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Sport Science and Health
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
Option Subjects

Students to select THREE options.

  • Ancient Civilisations
  • Art – Practical
  • Business Studies
  • Dance
  • Design and Visual Communication
  • Digital Technology
  • Drama
  • Electronics
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • Food Technology
  • French
  • Investigative Geography
  • Japanese
  • Media Studies
  • Multi-Materials Technology
  • Music
  • Outdoor Education
  • Sport Science
  • Spanish
  • Te Reo Maori
  • Textiles Technology

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