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Year 9 & 10 Courses 2022

Introduction

In Years 9 & 10 there are many option subjects for you to choose from. We want you to have the chance to develop areas of personal interest or strength, as well as the chance to try things you have never experienced before. Make the most of this opportunity to experience a range of subjects before deciding what you want to specialise in when you get to the senior school.

Reminders when choosing your subjects

Read the subject descriptions in this booklet carefully before making up your mind. Discuss the options that may be right for you with parents/caregivers. Choose subjects that develop your strengths and interests, as well as subjects that may help you to develop and improve areas of weakness. Look ahead to see where subjects lead in the senior school. The Curriculum Overview will help you with this. If you want more detailed information you can access the senior course information here. Remember to ask for advice and guidance. There are many people who can help you decide on the course that is right for you.

Key Competencies

Key Competencies – capabilities for living and lifelong learning
The New Zealand Curriculum (pp. 12-13) identifies five key competencies:

  • thinking
  • using language, symbols, and texts
  • managing self
  • relating to others
  • participating and contributing

People use these competencies to live, learn, work, and contribute as active members of their communities. These competencies link directly to the school vision, mission and values. At Wellington Girls’ College you will experience multiple opportunities to develop these competencies regardless of the subjects you choose and the extra-curricular activities you are involved in.

Curriculum Design

Learning Areas – important for a broad, general education
The New Zealand Curriculum specifies eight learning areas: English, the Arts, Health and Physical Education, Learning Languages, Mathematics and Statistics, Science,
Social Sciences, and Technology. The learning associated with each area is part of a broad, general education and lays the foundation for specialisation in later years.

YEAR 9
As a Year 9 student you will experience each of the eight learning areas as follows:

You will follow a core programme in five learning areas: English, Physical Education/Health, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
You will make choices within the other three learning areas: the Arts, Languages, and Technology. |
You must take:

  • at least one Arts option, either a Half Year or full year option;
  • at least one Languages option, either a Half Year or full year option;
  • at least one Technology option, either a Half Year or full year option.

You will take a total of TWO full year options and THREE Half Year options. That means you have five options in total.

Te Reo is compulsory for all Year 9 students, either Half Year or full year. If you choose the Half Year option, you still need to choose another language. If you choose full year Te Reo you do NOT have to choose a second language.

NOTE: All options are dependent on numbers and staffing.

YEAR 10

You will follow a core programme in five learning areas: English, Physical Education/Health, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

You will choose a total of THREE full year options to complement the core programme. The focus in Year 10 is on depth of learning in all subjects studied.

You are free to choose the three option subjects that interest you most. These may come from any learning area offering option subjects; however, a balanced programme is recommended, and you do need to check you have met prerequisites before selecting certain subjects. If you are interested in a particular subject or subjects in the senior school check the prerequisites as this could have an impact on the option choices you make now. Please ask for help if you are not sure what you should take now to make sure certain subjects are available to you in the senior school.

NOTE: All options are dependent on numbers and staffing.

Understanding levels: curriculum & NCEA

Years and curriculum levels
The diagram below shows how curriculum levels typically relate to years at school. Note that many students do not necessarily fit this pattern, for example, those with special learning needs, those who are gifted, and those who come from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Broadly speaking, our Year 9 courses target Level 4 of the curriculum and our Year 10 courses target Level 5, laying the groundwork for transition to Level 6 in Year 11. Knowledge and skills from earlier curriculum levels are reinforced within a differentiated programme, taking account of individual learning needs in each class.

Challenge and extension at higher curriculum levels is also provided depending on individual learning needs.

Note: Level 1 is the entry level if you are learning a language you have not learned before, regardless of which year you are in at school.

Years and curriculum levels
The diagram below shows how curriculum levels typically relate to years at school. Note that many students do not necessarily fit this pattern, for example, those with special learning needs, those who are gifted, and those who come from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Broadly speaking, our Year 9 courses target Level 4 of the curriculum and our Year 10 courses target Level 5, laying the groundwork for transition to Level 6 in Year 11. Knowledge and skills from earlier curriculum levels are reinforced within a differentiated programme, taking account of individual learning needs in each class.

Challenge and extension at higher curriculum levels is also provided depending on individual learning needs.

Note: Level 1 is the entry level if you are learning a language you have not learned before, regardless of which year you are in at school.

Diagnostic testing
All of our students complete baseline assessments in literacy and numeracy at the beginning of Year 9. Your results help us to understand what you can do already, what gaps you may have in your learning, and what you need to learn next. They help your teachers design programmes suited to your learning needs, and to provide the support and/or extension you may require. They also show how well you are learning in comparison with other students nationwide. Literacy and numeracy testing is done again at the end of Year 9 and the end of Year 10 so that we can see the progress you have made and set new goals as a result.

NCEA Levels 1, 2 & 3
Standards available for NCEA are organised into levels of increasing difficulty. Standards assessed at school are usually at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Most Year 11 students start at Level 1, and progress to Level 2 in Year 12, and Level 3 in Year 13. NCEA Level 1 aligns with curriculum level 6; NCEA Level 2 aligns with curriculum level 7; and NCEA Level 3 with curriculum level 8.

Course Costs & Specialist Equipment

Charges in addition to standard stationery costs are noted where relevant, as well as any specialist equipment you may need access to for particular courses.

In cases of hardship, please make contact with the school either via the Guidance Counsellor, the Dean, or the Finance Office.

Stationery lists for each year level can be found on both the 4students and 4parents pages

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device

We strongly recommend that you bring your own internet-capable device to school for learning. This could be a chromebook, ultrabook, laptop, or other device. Note that a smartphone is not a suitable device as it does not have the functionality required for many of the BYOD uses outlined below.

Wellington Girls’ College is a Google Apps school. This means you can access email, calendar and documents for collaborative learning anytime and anywhere. Our website is the springboard to Google Apps and to all your courses as well as to a range of information and help topics under the 4students tab. Take time to explore our website regularly until you are familiar with it and can find what you need exactly when you need it.

Our vision is for learning with and through technologies that equips students to be confident, connected, innovative, resourceful learners. Your device has a big part to play in this process and you will use it for many purposes. You will use it for research; for making and managing notes; for completing assignments and projects; for creating and sharing presentations; to connect and collaborate with others in your class, in your school and beyond; to create a portfolio of your work in certain subject areas; and to reflect on what you are learning and what your next steps will be. Along the way you will also discover for yourself other ways in which your device can support your learning.

You and your parents can find information on BYOD@WGC in the IT and BYOD folder under
both the 4students and 4parents tabs on our website.

Year 9 Option Choice Planning Form

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Curriculum Overview

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