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Junior Compulsory Subjects

All students take these subjects in Years 9 & 10

English – Year 9, 9EG

In Year 9 English you will study a range of books; poems, short stories and films, including Shakespeare and NZ literature. You will also complete; writing, speaking and presenting activities which show your understanding. There is a strong focus on enjoying the learning process and the development of reading and writing skills in Year 9.

Assessment: You will set learning goals and build a portfolio of evidence, drawn from your course work. Progress, based on the evidence in your portfolio, will be determined each term in consultation with the teacher.

Voluntary contribution: You might have small costs for any special trips or performances

Note: English is compulsory in Year 9. This course leads to Year 10 English

English – Year 10, 10EG

In Year 10 English you will complete a range of text studies that develop the core English skills of analysis, interpretation, and literacy, and again, the focus is on enjoying the process of learning. These will all help you gain a solid foundation for success in Level 1 NCEA.

Assessment: Like Year 9, you will set learning goals and build a portfolio of evidence, drawn from your course work. Progress, based on the evidence in your portfolio, will be determined each term in consultation with the teacher. We hope by the end of this year this process will have enabled you to develop an understanding of what good work in English looks like.

Voluntary contribution: Classes visit the Katherine Mansfield House as part of their studies and this costs $8

Note: English is compulsory in Year 10. This course leads to Year 11 English.

Mathematics – Year 9, 9MS

The focus of this course is to further develop your mathematical thinking and your understanding of mathematical language at Level 4 and Level 5 of the New Zealand Curriculum. This will be done under three main topics: Number, Algebra and Geometry/Measurement.

Assessment: You will be assessed throughout the year on the topics you have learnt, with regular feedback provided on the progress you have made. These assessments may be in the form of an assignment, group project or test.

Voluntary contribution: $5 for access to an online practice resource.

Specialist equipment: A scientific calculator, ruler, compass and protractor will be required

Note: The Year 9 mathematics classes are not streamed, however all classes have differentiated learning, allowing students to work at the level most appropriate for them. Year 9 students have the opportunity to participate in the WGC Problem Solving Certificate. This is accessible to students of all ability levels and develops thinking skills. Our most able students are given the opportunity to complete extension booklets which are set out as per topic covered. This will extend their math skills on the topic and develop their problem solving skills.

Mathematics – Year 10, 10MS

The focus of this course is to further develop your mathematical thinking and your understanding of mathematical language at Level 4 and Level 5 of the National Curriculum. This will be done under four main topics: Number, Algebra, Geometry/Measurement and Statistics.

Assessment: You will be assessed throughout the year on the topics you have learnt, with regular feedback provided on the progress you have made. These assessments may be in the form of an assignment, group project or test.

Voluntary contribution: $5 for access to an online practice resource

Specialist equipment: A scientific calculator, ruler, compass and protractor will be required

Note: Year 10 mathematics classes are not streamed, however all classes have differentiated learning, allowing students to work at the level most appropriate for them. All students have the opportunity to complete the Algebra Warrant of Fitness throughout the year. Mathematics is compulsory in Years 10 and 11. This course leads to two different courses in Year 11; Mathematics and Statistics (11MS) or Mathematics and Statistics Internal (11MSI). You will be placed in the most appropriate course for you based on your Year 10 results. The recommendation of your teacher will also be taken into account.

Science – Year 9, 9SC

In this course you will find out how Science affects your everyday life. The skills you develop in solving problems and answering questions will support your learning in Science as well as in the range of other subjects you study. The syllabus for the year will cover working safely in the laboratory, designing and carrying out experiments, and exploration of a range of biology, chemistry, physics and space science topics and tasks.

Assessment: End of unit assessments are used to test the knowledge and skills you have gained in your Science classes. These assessments may take the form of posters, written reports, presentations or tests

Voluntary contribution: $20 for Science Field Trips, $20 for a workbook

Specialist equipment: A calculator would be useful but is not essential

Science – Year 10, 10SC

In this course you will continue to find out how Science affects your everyday life whilst adding depth to the practical and analytical skills covered in Year 9. The skills you develop in solving problems and answering questions will support your learning in Science as well as in the range of other subjects you study. Topics for the year will include: earthquakes and volcanoes; atoms, metals in society; genetics and microbes, and reproduction; what electricity is and how to measure it; speed, distance, time and forces.

Assessment: End of unit assessments test the knowledge and skills you have gained in your science classes. Assessments may take the form of posters, pamphlets, tests, written reports, or presentations

Voluntary contribution: $20 workbook

Specialist equipment: The use of quad paper will be required at times. A calculator is essential.

Note: Science is compulsory in Year 11. This course leads to two different courses in Year 11 – Science Internal, or General Science. You will be placed in the most appropriate course for you based on your mode of learning and the recommendation of your teacher.

Social Studies – Year 9, 9SS

Social Studies is focused on studying social behaviours and the way individuals and groups interact in society. You will examine how society functions and explore human relationships. You will further develop the skills needed to participate in a changing society as informed, confident and responsible citizens. You will examine cultural conflict, contemporary challenges and other social issues within and outside of New Zealand.

Assessment: Your ability to show understanding about key Social Studies concepts will be drawn from your course work which will be built into a digital portfolio. Our particular focus is to think critically, evaluate and discuss different concepts and demonstrate an understanding of people’s values and perspectives.

Note: Social Studies is compulsory for all students in Year 9 and leads to Year 10 Social Studies and Sociology in the senior school.

Social Studies – Year 10, 10SS

Social Studies is focused on studying social behaviours and the way individuals and groups interact in society. You will examine how society functions and explore human relationships.
You will further develop the skills needed to participate in a changing society as informed, confident and responsible citizens. You will examine cultural conflict, contemporary challenges and other social issues within and outside of New Zealand.

Assessment: Your ability to show understanding about key Social Studies concepts will be drawn from your course work which will be built into a digital portfolio. Our particular focus is to think critically, evaluate and discuss different concepts and demonstrate an understanding of people’s values and perspectives.

Note: Social Studies is compulsory for all students in Year 10 and leads to Sociology in the senior school.

Physical Education / Health – Year 9, 9PE

The focus of this course is to educate you in the areas of Physical Education and Health & well-being. In Physical Education, you will have the opportunity to participate in a range of physical activities. Equally important, you will learn to demonstrate essential social life skills such as teamwork, building relationships, fair play, self-management, co-operation and responsibility. Health Education is a safe, inclusive environment where you will learn about and discuss issues that are relevant to you at Year 9, while providing you with the skills to feel safe and manage important decisions concerning your health and well-being.

Assessment: This takes place at the end of a range of units of work throughout the year, to assist with your understanding of your progress of your individual physical skills, self management, teamwork, interpersonal skills, understanding and knowledge in both Physical Education and Health.

Voluntary contribution: $10 for specialist instructors.

Specialist equipment: PE uniform, sports shoes

Outdoor Education day out approximately $65.

Physical Education / Health – Year 10, 10PE

The focus of this course is to educate you in the areas of both Physical Education and Health and well-being. In Physical Education, you will have the opportunity to refine your skills in a wide range of physical activities. You will build on your transferable essential life skills such as teamwork, building of relationships, fair play, self-management, co-operation and responsibility. Health Education is a safe, inclusive environment where you will learn about and discuss issues that are relevant to you at Year 10, while supporting you to develop skills to feel safe and manage important decisions concerning your health both now and in the future.

Assessment: This takes place at the end of a range of units of work throughout the year to provide you with an overall awareness of your skill, self-management, teamwork, interpersonal skills, understanding and knowledge in both Physical Education and Health

Voluntary contribution: $5 for specialist instructors.

Specialist equipment: PE uniform, sports shoes

Outdoor Education 3-day extracurricular Journey in the Marlborough Sounds: approximately $415.