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Year 9 Te Reo is compulsory (either the half-year or the full-year course). In addition to Half Year Te Reo, you must choose at least one other language.

Te Reo Māori – Year 9 (Half Year), 9TRa

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Piki mai kake mai ki te ao tūroa, ko te ao Māori! This course is aimed at providing an essential basis of knowledge and understanding of te reo Māori and its customs for all young New Zealanders. You will learn karakia, how to introduce yourself and your friends and whānau, how to describe the world you see around you and what you are doing in it. And with your language comes the key to the gateway of Māori customs and culture! You’ll get an awesome appreciation of the uniqueness of our beautiful language and our stories, songs and history. You will participate in lots of fun activities to help you learn.Your ability to understand and communicate will be assessed throughout the year. You will explore a range of strategies to help you to learn and retain new language and ideas. It is possible to study Te Reo Māori in Year 10 following the half-year course, but some catch-up work may be required. If you have significant prior knowledge in Te Reo, make sure that you mention this at the Year 8 interview and that you fill in the prior knowledge survey.Whaearua Ross-Hotene

Te Reo Māori – Year 9 (Full Year), 9TR

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Piki mai kake mai ki te ao tūroa, ko te ao Māori! This course is aimed at providing an essential basis of knowledge and understanding of te reo Māori and its customs for all young New Zealanders. You will learn karakia, how to introduce yourself, your friends and whānau, how to describe the world you see around you and what you are doing in it. You will have the chance to participate in Ngā Manu Kōrero Māori secondary school speech competition. With your language learning you open the gateway to the Māori world! You’ll get an awesome appreciation of the uniqueness of our beautiful language and our stories, songs and history. You will participate in lots of fun activities to help you learn. Your ability to understand and communicate will be assessed throughout the year. You will explore a range of strategies to help you to learn and retain new language and ideas. It is recommended that you take this course if you want to study Te Reo Māori in Year 10. If you have significant prior knowledge in te reo, make sure that you mention this at the Year 8 interview and that you fill in the prior knowledge survey.Whaearua Ross-Hotene

Te Reo Māori – Year 10, 10TR

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Haere tonu i tō huarahi o te reo Māori! Continue on your Te Reo Māori learning journey! The focus of this course is to extend your ability to understand and communicate in Te Reo Māori. By the end of Year 10 you will be able to interact more confidently in Te Reo. You will be able to hold simple conversations, play fun games and learn new waiata. You will have the chance to participate in Ngā Manu Kōrero Māori secondary school speech competition. There may be a fun trip during the year. You will deepen your understanding of tikanga and history and you will prepare yourself for NCEA Level 1 Te Reo Māori.Your ability to understand and communicate will be assessed throughout the year. You will explore a range of strategies to help you to learn and retain new language and ideas. You must take this course if you want to study Te Reo Māori in Year 11.Whaearua Ross-Hotene

English Language – Year 9 (Full Year), 9EL

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This course is for students whose first language is not English. It will help you to build your English language skills so that you will feel more confident when speaking, reading and writing English. You will do book and film studies, research, short speeches and units of work on interesting and useful topics. There will be some grammar and vocabulary work and you will add new words to your English vocabulary. This is a small, friendly class where you can also ask for help with work in your other subjects.Vocabulary levels will be tested. Most of your work will be done in an exercise book. Your teacher will check your work regularly and give you feedback on it to help you to make good progressAll students in this class will also be in an English class You and your teacher will decide if you need to continue on to Year 10 English Language at the end of Year 9.Ms Smith

English Language – Year 10, 10EL

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This course is for students whose first language is not English. It will enable you to develop your English language skills further through different types of reading, research, classroom discussions and writing activities. You will keep a vocabulary notebook and go over English grammar rules. You will have opportunities to become a more confident user of English who is learning the language skills needed for NCEA Level 1 in Year 11. You will also be able to ask for help with work in your other subjects.Vocabulary levels will be tested. Feedback on your work in your exercise book will help you to see how you are improvingAll students in this class will also be in an English class.Ms Smith

Chinese/Modern Mandarin – Year 9 (Full Year), 9CI

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The focus of this course is to experience the fun and challenge of learning to communicate in a new language. You will start to develop an understanding of how language and culture shape our identity (whanaungatanga), and you will build your interpersonal and communication skills. You will also improve your literacy skills in both Chinese and English, by exploring how languages work. You will participate in activities such as conversations, games, songs, and sharing food. By the end of Year 9 you will be able to talk and write about yourself, your family, friends and pets, your daily routine, where you live, what facilities our school and Chinese classrooms have, and the weather.Your ability to understand and communicate will be assessed throughout the year. You will explore a range of strategies to help you to learn and retain new language and ideas.$15 for cultural activities – class tripIt is recommended that you take this course if you want to study Chinese in Year 10. If you have significant prior knowledge in Chinese, make sure that you mention this at the Year 8 interview and that you fill in the prior knowledge survey.Ms Wang

Chinese/Modern Mandarin – Year 9 (Half Year), 9CIa

DescriptionAssessmentVoluntary ContributionNoteTo Discuss Contact
The focus of this course is to experience the fun and challenge of learning to communicate in a new language. You will start to develop an understanding of how language and culture shape our identity (whanaungatanga), and you will build your interpersonal and communication skills. You will also improve your literacy skills in both Chinese and English, by exploring how languages work. You will participate in activities such as conversations, games, songs, and sharing food. By the end of Year 9 you will be able to talk and write about yourself, your family, friends and pets, your daily routine, where you live, what facilities our school and Chinese classrooms have, and the weather.Your ability to understand and communicate will be assessed throughout the year. You will explore a range of strategies to help you to learn and retain new language and ideas. $15 for cultural activities – class tripIt is possible to study Chinese in Year 10 following the half-year course, but some catch-up work may be required. If you have significant prior knowledge in Chinese, make sure that you mention this at the Year 8 interview and that you fill in the prior knowledge survey.Ms Wang

Chinese/Modern Mandarin – Year 10, 10CI

DescriptionAssessmentVoluntary ContributionNoteTo Discuss Contact
The focus of this course is to extend your ability to interact confidently in Chinese in a variety of everyday situations. You will start to develop an understanding of how language and culture shape our identity (whanaungatanga), and you will build your interpersonal and communication skills. You will continue to develop your literacy skills in both Chinese and English, by exploring how languages work. As you participate in activities such as conversations, games, songs and sharing Chinese food, you will learn how to talk and write about your likes and dislikes including sports, leisure activities, food, clothing, colours and school life.Your ability to understand and communicate will be assessed throughout the year. You will explore a range of strategies to help you to learn and retain new language and ideas.$15 for cultural activities - class tripYou must take this course if you want to do Chinese in Year 11.Ms Wang

French – Year 9 (Full Year), 9FR

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The focus of this course is to experience the fun and challenge of learning to communicate in a new language. You will start to develop an understanding of how language and culture shape our identity (whanaungatanga), and you will build your interpersonal and communication skills. You will also improve your literacy skills in both French and English, by exploring how languages work. You will participate in activities such as conversations, games, songs, and preparing French food. By the end of Year 9 you will be able to talk and write about yourself, your family, friends and pets, your subjects, your likes and dislikes, where you live, and the sports you play. Your ability to understand and communicate will be assessed throughout the year. You will explore a range of strategies to help you to learn and retain new language and ideas.$10 for subscription to online activities.It is recommended that you take this course if you want to study French in Year 10. If you have significant prior knowledge in French, make sure that you mention this at the Year 8 interview and that you fill in the prior knowledge survey.Ms Sinclair

French – Year 9 (Half Year), 9FRa

DescriptionAssessmentVoluntary ContributionNoteTo Discuss Contact
The focus of this course is to experience the fun and challenge of learning to communicate in a new language. You will start to develop an understanding of how language and culture shape our identity (whanaungatanga), and you will build your interpersonal and communication skills. You will also improve your literacy skills in both French and English, by exploring how languages work. You will participate in activities such as conversations, games, songs, and preparing French food. By the end of the course you will be able to talk and write about yourself, your family, your school subjects, your likes and dislikes, and the sports you play.Your ability to understand and communicate will be assessed throughout the year. You will explore a range of strategies to help you to learn and retain new language and ideas.$10 for subscription to online activities.It is possible to study French in Year 10 following the half-year course, but some catch-up work may be required. If you have significant prior knowledge in French, make sure that you mention this at the Year 8 interview and that you fill in the prior knowledge survey.Ms Sinclair

French – Year 10, 10FR

DescriptionAssessmentVoluntary ContributionNoteTo Discuss Contact
The focus of this course is to extend your ability to interact confidently in French in a variety of everyday situations. You will start to develop an understanding of how language and culture shape our identity (whanaungatanga), and you will build your interpersonal and communication skills. You will continue to develop your literacy skills in both French and English, by exploring how languages work. As you participate in activities such as conversations, games, songs and preparing French food, you will learn how to talk and write about holidays, the weather, leisure activities, food and places around town. You will also learn some basic tourist survival skills in French, and experience life as a virtual tourist in Paris.Your ability to understand and communicate will be assessed throughout the year. You will become more confident in using a range of strategies to help you to learn and retain new language and ideas.$10 for subscription to online activities.You must take this course if you want to study French in Year 11.Ms Sinclair

German – Year 9 (Full Year), 9GM

DescriptionAssessmentVoluntary ContributionNoteTo Discuss Contact
The focus of this course is to experience the fun and challenge of learning to communicate in a new language. You will start to develop an understanding of how language and culture shape our identity (whanaungatanga), and you will build your interpersonal and communication skills. You will also improve your literacy skills in both German and English, by exploring how languages work. You will participate in activities such as conversations, games, songs, and making German food. By the end of Year 9 you will be able to talk and write about yourself, your family, friends and pets, your subjects, your likes and dislikes, where you live, and the sports you play. Your ability to understand and communicate will be assessed throughout the year. You will explore a range of strategies to help you to learn and retain new language and ideas.$10 for subscription to online activities.It is recommended that you take this course if you want to study German in Year 10. If you have significant prior knowledge in German, make sure that you mention this at the Year 8 interview and that you fill in the prior knowledge survey.Ms Scadden

German – Year 9 (Half Year), 9GMa

DescriptionAssessmentVoluntary ContributionNoteTo Discuss Contact
The focus of this course is to experience the fun and challenge of learning to communicate in a new language. You will start to develop an understanding of how language and culture shape our identity (whanaungatanga), and you will build your interpersonal and communication skills.You will also improve your literacy skills in both German and English, by exploring how languages work. You will participate in activities such as conversations, games, songs, and making German food. By the end of the course you will be able to talk and write about yourself, your family, friends and pets.Your ability to understand and communicate will be assessed throughout the year. You will explore a range of strategies to help you to learn and retain new language and ideas.$10 for subscription to online activities.It is possible to study German in Year 10 following the half-year course, but some catch-up work may be required. If you have significant prior knowledge in German, make sure that you mention this at the Year 8 interview and that you fill in the prior knowledge survey.Ms Scadden

German – Year 10, 10GM

DescriptionAssessmentVoluntary ContributionNoteTo Discuss Contact
The focus of this course is to extend your ability to interact confidently in German in a variety of everyday situations. You will start to develop an understanding of how language and culture shape our identity (whanaungatanga), and you will build your interpersonal and communication skills. You will continue to develop your literacy skills in both German and English, by exploring how languages work. As you participate in activities such as conversations, games, songs and making German food, you will learn how to talk and write about holidays, the weather, leisure activities, food, where you live and places around town. You will also learn some basic tourist survival skills in German. Your ability to understand and communicate will be assessed throughout the year. You will become more confident in using a range of strategies to help you to learn and retain new language and ideas.$10 for subscription to online activities.You must take this course if you want to study German in Year 11.Ms Scadden

New Zealand Sign Language – Year 9 (Half Year), 9SLa

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The focus of this course is to experience the fun and challenge of learning to communicate in one of New Zealand’s three official languages. You will start to develop an understanding of how language and culture shape our identity (whanaungatanga), and you will build your interpersonal and communication skills. You will learn how to communicate in New Zealand Sign Language, and will develop an understanding of Deaf culture, including some of the strategies Deaf people use in everyday life. Classes will have a focus on interaction (voice off!). By the end of the course you will be able to fingerspell, and sign about yourself, your family and home life, your likes and dislikes.You will have two assessments throughout the course, and these will be designed to test your understanding as well as your ability to communicate in NZSL. They will include an interaction (conversation) and a presentation to the class. Your understanding of Deaf culture will also be assessedThis is a stand-alone course which is offered in Year 9 only.Ms Sinclair