Junior Curriculum, Year 9 - 10

Botany Downs Secondary College offers a broad range of courses to meet the needs of diverse students.

We operate a 26 period weekly timetable for delivery of the curriculum (five one-hour periods from Tuesday to Thursday and six 50-minute periods on Monday).

Alongside the regular curriculum is our Building Learning Power 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      Year 10


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 per week each of English and Mathematics, and three periods each of Health and Physical Education, Science and Social Studies.

These five subjects continue into Year 10 as compulsory.

Learners also study two Languages (Japanese and French) 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


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.

In addition they choose THREE options from the remaining learning areas (LanguagesVisual and Performing Arts, and Technology).

Core Compulsory Subjects
Option Subjects

Students to select THREE options. One option slot may be filled with two half year courses

  • 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
  • Textiles Technology

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