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Visual Art – Year 9 (Full Year), 9AT

You will explore a wide range of practical art styles using Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Photography and Design. You’ll increase your essential skills and gain confidence to create artworks using a range of materials and techniques, and be inspired to express yourself using established artists’ styles.

Assessment: You’ll be assessed on approximately five units of work. Regular teacher feedback and peer responses will help you to produce work that is both creative and skillful. The units are designed to help you focus on practical skills and ideas which will result in the development of your artistic and problem-solving abilities
Voluntary contribution: $25 for personal art materials
Optional: $10 brush set
Specialist equipment: Personal art materials as detailed on the stationery list

Note: This course leads to Year 10 Visual Art or Year 11 Visual Art.

Visual Art – Year 9 (Half Year), 9ATa

This course is designed for any student with an interest in Visual Art. Across two school terms you will become more confident with a wide range of art making skills, as well as acquiring knowledge about a range of artists. The units are designed to provide you with effective skills, whatever your previous experience may be. You will explore ideas and approaches from a range of art disciplines such as Painting, Drawing, Design, Sculpture/Printmaking.

Assessment: You will be assessed on three to four units of work, with each unit targeting different skills. Your time in Year 9 Art will result in the development of your creative and problem-solving abilities

Voluntary contribution: $25 for personal art materials

Optional: $10 brush set
Specialist equipment: Personal art materials as detailed on the stationery list

Note: This course leads to Year 10 Visual Art or Year 11 Visual Art.

Visual Art – Year 10, 10AT

The course is designed to pique your interest in the Visual Arts, no matter how much (or little) you’ve already experienced. You don’t need to have taken Art in Y9, everyone is welcome. You’ll learn to use a wide range of wet, dry and digital media, building up your technical skills and developing a unique individual style. The disciplines studied are Sculpture, Printmaking, Painting, Design and Photography, sometimes separately, sometimes mixed together. We will also introduce you to a great range of NZ and International Artists, who will further inspire your work.

Assessment: You will be assessed on approximately five units of work and be encouraged to think constructively on how to build a strong foundation for either of the Year 11 programmes (Visual Art or Commercial Design and Print)

Voluntary contribution: $30 for personal art materials

Specialist equipment: Personal art materials as detailed on the stationery list

Note: This course leads to Year 11 Visual Art or Year 11 Commercial Design & Print.

Dance – Year 9 (Half Year), 9DAa

This course is designed for anyone who would like to Dance and explore movement in a creative way. Throughout this course you will have plenty of opportunity to learn new dances and extend your performance skills through reflection on your work. You will also get to flex your creative muscles as you explore movement in a variety of contexts to create your own choreography. You will need to work both individually and collaboratively as you challenge yourself to find your strengths through dance.

Assessment: You will be assessed in two ways; firstly, through performance, and secondly, on your ability to reflect and refine your work as you go.

Voluntary contribution: $20 to cover specialist tutors.

Specialist equipment: Appropriate footwear

It is expected that you wear a black singlet/t-shirt and black three quarter length dance pants or leggings, or your PE uniform.
You can take this course and the full year Performing Arts course if you wish as they are different.

Note: This course leads to Year 10 Performing Arts.

Performing Arts – Year 9 (Full Year), 9PFA

This full-year course offers students the unique opportunity to work across the performance arts, in particular Dance and Drama. The course is aimed at developing students’ creativity and performance skills. You will work with others, explore ideas in a range of contexts, gain confidence, and learn to give and accept feedback through reflection on your own and others’
work. This is a largely practical, performance based course suitable for everyone; whether you are already a superstar in the making or someone who is hesitantly dipping their toes into the limelight.

Assessment: You will be assessed in two ways; firstly, through performance, and secondly, on your ability to reflect on and refine your work as you go.

Voluntary contribution: $40.00 for scripts and course based materials like props and
costumes.

You can also take Half Year Drama and Dance options if you wish to do so as the
content will be different.

Note: This course leads to Year 10 Performing Arts.

Drama – Year 9 (Half Year), 9DRa

The half-year Drama course is a great way to meet new people and gain some confidence. The course will get you sharing and exploring ideas using a range of contexts to develop your creative skills. You will perform with and for others, and learn to give and accept feedback. This course will develop your drama literacy, self-discipline and ultimately give you the courage to work creatively.

Assessment: You will be assessed in two ways; firstly, through performance, and secondly, on your ability to reflect on and refine your work as you go.

Voluntary contribution: $20.00 for scripts and course based materials like props and costumes.

This programme will be different to the full year Performing Arts programme so if you want more Drama in your life, you can take both courses.

Note: This course leads to Year 10 Performing Arts.

Performing Arts – Year 10, 10PFA

Mātauranga translates to knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and skill. It is therefore an appropriate word to summarise what you will get out of taking Performing Arts in Year 10. This course adds to your foundational knowledge of performance and provides the unique opportunity to work across the performance arts of Dance and Drama.
You will investigate the characteristics, purpose and function of these disciplines, working with others to create and understand characters and choreography. You will also learn how to adapt work to take into account the form, space, and subject, with a number of live performance opportunities. This course will ultimately support the development of self-discipline and unlock your performance potential.

Assessment: You will be assessed in two ways; firstly, through performance, and secondly, on your ability to reflect on and refine your work as you go.

Voluntary contribution: $40.00 for scripts and course based materials like props and costumes.

Music – Year 9 (Full Year), 9MU

This course is for students who already have some formal musical training. These students should have already had weekly lessons in an instrument or singing for about a year or more; may know some music theory; may belong to a group such as Wellington Young Voices, Cathedral Choristers, or another musical group (instrumental or vocal) which practises every week and reads music. Students applying for this course will be asked to complete a form providing information about their prior musical experience to ensure the course is appropriate for them.
In this course you will play a variety of music in a class band/orchestra, compose and play pieces of music in groups and by yourself, sing, and investigate musical styles from the Middle Ages through to the 21st century.
You will also do theory at your own level; and practise aural skills e.g. rhythm patterns and intervals.

Assessment: progress in music theory, and composition.

Voluntary Contribution: $35.00 for your workbook

Specialist equipment: Students will need to have their own instrument for practise at home

If you enrol in this course you must continue your weekly music lessons in your instrument (voice is an instrument), either privately or at school through the itinerant music scheme; you must have an instrument at home so you can practise regularly; and you will be encouraged to join a school performing group (choir, orchestra, chamber music group, rock band or concert band). Membership fees for these groups will be published on the website.

Note: Year 9 Music leads to Year 10 Music.

Music – Year 9 (Half Year), 9MUa

This course is for students who already have some formal musical training. These students should have already had weekly lessons in an instrument or singing for about a year or more; may know some music theory; may belong to a group such as Wellington Young Voices, Cathedral Choristers, or another musical group (instrumental or vocal) which practises every week and reads music. Students applying for this course will be asked to complete a form providing information about their prior musical experience.
In this course you will play a variety of music in a class band/orchestra, compose and play pieces of music in groups and by yourself, sing, and investigate musical styles from the Middle Ages through to the 21st century.
You will also do theory at your own level; and practise aural skills e.g. rhythm patterns and intervals.

Assessment: progress in music theory, and composition.

Voluntary Contribution: $35.00 for your workbook

Specialist equipment: Students will need to have their own instrument for practise at home

If you enrol in this course you must continue your weekly music lessons in your instrument (voice is an instrument), either privately or at school through the itinerant music scheme; you must have an instrument at home so you can practise regularly; and you will be encouraged to join a school performing group (choir, orchestra, chamber music group, rock band or concert band). Membership fees for these groups will be published on the website.

Note: Year 9 Music leads to Year 10 Music.

Music for Beginners – Year 9 (Full Year), 9MUB

This course is for students who have not had any formal music training or who are very rusty and want to pick it up again.
In this course you will learn the basics of reading and writing music, learn to find your way around a piano/keyboard and play simple tunes, learn to play simple music on a ukulele, learn to recognise rhythm patterns and tunes by listening and playing, and learn about musical styles from the Middle Ages through to the 21st century. You will also do some class
singing, and compose and play music in groups.
Students applying for this course will be asked to complete a form providing information about their prior musical experience so we can ensure you have made the best music choice for you.

Assessment: You will be assessed on your progress in music theory. You will also have short practical tests on some of the class activities.

Voluntary Contribution: $35.00 for your workbook

Note: Year 9 Music for Beginners leads to Year 10 Music.

Music for Beginners – Year 9 (Half Year), 9MUBa

This course is for students who have not had any formal music training or who are very rusty and want to pick it up again.
In this course you will learn the basics of reading and writing music, learn to find your way around a piano/keyboard and play simple tunes, learn to play simple music on a ukulele, learn to recognise rhythm patterns and tunes by listening and playing, and investigate musical styles from the Middle Ages through to the 21st century You will also do some class singing, and compose and play music in groups.
Students applying for this course will be asked to complete a form providing information about their prior musical experience so we can ensure you have made the best music choice for you.

Assessment: You will be assessed on your progress in music theory. You will also have short practical tests on some of the class activities.

Voluntary Contribution: $35.00 for your workbook

Note: Year 9 Music for Beginners leads to Year 10 Music.

Music – Year 10, 10MU

If you enrol in this course, you must have regular weekly lessons on an instrument (voice is an instrument) either at school through the itinerant scheme, or privately. It is best if you have already been doing this for at least a year, and longer is an advantage, but it is possible to begin in Year 10.
In this course you will compose short pieces of music in groups, and by yourself; perform short pieces of music in groups, and by yourself; do theory at your own level; practise aural skills e.g. rhythm patterns, intervals; learn about music from around the world, Popular Music, Blues, and Musical Theatre; learn about instruments of the orchestra and other instruments; and learn how to read and analyse pieces of music in different styles. You will also have the opportunity to explore music/sound technology.

Assessment: Most units of work will finish with an assessment. This may be a test or assignment, or practical group or solo performance.

Voluntary contribution: $35.00 for your workbook

Specialist equipment: You must have an instrument at home so you can practise regularly

You will be strongly advised to join a school performing group (choir, orchestra, Barbershop chorus or concert band). Membership fees for these groups will be published on the website.
If you want to do Music in Year 11 (NCEA Level 1) you should take this course. Occasional exceptions are made in consultation with the Head of Department.