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Critical & Creative Thinking – Year 9 (Half Year), 9CCTa

In this course you will develop the skills of creative and critical thinking. You will engage in activities to extend your thinking individually and in groups and learn techniques to draw more from everyday situations, such as brainstorming, debating and directed reading skills. If you like to engage with big picture thinking and open-ended problem identification and solving, then this option could be for you.

Assessment: A mixture of self, peer and teacher assessment using co-constructed criteria depending on the project/s you choose to work on.

Critical & Creative Thinking – Year 10, 10CCT

In this course you will develop the skills of creative and critical thinking, which will encourage you to reflect on, assess and judge assumptions underlying our own and others’ ideas and efforts. Skills will include recognising the importance of context, challenging and exploring alternative views and developing reflective scepticism. If you like to engage with big picture thinking, controversial issues and open-ended problem identification and solving, then this option could be for you.

Assessment: A mixture of self, peer, community and teacher assessment using coconstructed criteria depending on the project/s you work on.

Geography – Year 9 (Half Year), 9GEa

In this course you will learn about; a variety of places, geographic issues and extreme natural events from around the world, learn how to do research, use geotechnologies such as ArcGIS software, collect and use data and present information, become spatially aware with mapping and satellite images. You will get to learn and map the location of many important places around the world; countries, cities, natural features etc which includes quizzes and games. You will “visit” Australia and learn about extreme natural events with bush fires as a case study. You will plan a visit to Antarctica and learn of explorers and natural wonders. You will go on a tour around Wellington mapping embassies and consulates investigating its role as a capital city.

Assessment: There will be a variety of assessments for each topic

Voluntary contribution:

Note: This course leads to Year 10 Geography.

Geography – Year 10, 10GE

In this course you will learn about a wide variety of fascinating places, geographic issues, global patterns, cultural and natural events, from all around the world. Learn how to conduct research, use geotechnologies such as ArcGIS software, collect and use data, present information and become spatially aware with mapping and satellite images.
You will get to be a weather presenter as you learn about meteorology; weather phenomena, patterns, data and forecasting. There will be a study of world climates and biomes and how humans have adapted to them. The formation of significant natural features will be described and modelled. You will study the Hutt River/Te Awa Kairangi; its flood defences and the water supply for Wellington. There will be an urban component studying megacities with case studies of Dubai and Detroit. Environmental issues will take you to Venice, the Aral Sea in central Asia, the Panama Canal, the River Jordan and the Dead Sea in the Middle East and Chernobyl in the Ukraine. This will link to a study of abandoned settlements. Finally there will be a component on New Zealand places and their importance.

Assessment: There will be a variety of assessments for each topic

Voluntary contribution: $30.00 Hutt River/Te Awa Kairangi trip primarily at Kaitoke

Note: This course leads to Year 11 Geography.

History – Year 9 (Half Year), 9HIa

In this subject you will study a range of interesting topics selected from the following themes:
Mysteries in History – including the assassination of President Kennedy and the mystery of Tollund Man; The Importance of Religion – including the religion of the Ancient Egyptians (the gods, mummification and the pyramids); The significance of important people in history – such as the first Emperor of China (his unification of China and his cruel methods of governing), Adolf Hitler and the Nazis and important New Zealanders like Te Puea Herangi and Whina Cooper; Significant Places – including the Buried Army, the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids at Giza and the Temple of Karnak.
You will also learn a range of useful skills such as making concise summary notes, critically analysing evidence and writing well-organised essays.

Assessment: There will be a range of assessments including one essay and some assignment work.

Note: This course leads to Year 10 History.

History – Year 9 (Full Year), 9HI

In this subject you will study a range of interesting topics selected from the following themes:
Mysteries in History – including the assassination of President Kennedy, the mystery of Tollund Man and the mystery of human evolution; The Importance of Religion – including the religion of the Ancient Egyptians (the gods, mummification and the pyramids) and the religion of the Ancient Greeks (the gods, the oracle at Delphi and the Parthenon); Myth or reality? – including the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, the Atlantis legend and the legend of the Trojan War; The significance of important people in history – such as the first Emperor of China (his unification of China and his cruel methods of governing), Adolf Hitler and the
Nazis and important New Zealanders like Te Puea Herangi and Whina Cooper; Turning points in History – including the study of important events such as the Battle of Marathon, the sinking of the Titanic and the Wahine disaster; Significant Places – including the Buried Army, the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids at Giza, the Temple of Karnak and the Palace of Knossos.
You will also learn a range of useful skills such as making concise summary notes, writing well-organised essays, critically analysing evidence and researching to find information.

Assessment: There will be a range of assessments, including assignment work, an essay and an extended individual research project.

Note: This course leads to Year 10 History.

History – Year 10, 10HI

In this subject you will study a range of interesting topics selected from the following themes:
The Rise and fall of different government systems – including the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution; Migration – including the Anglo- Saxons and the Vikings; Religion – including the Medieval Church, the spread of Islam and Henry VIII’s decision to set up his own church; The Clash of Cultures – including the conquest of the peoples of the Americas (Maya, Aztecs and Inca) by the Spanish and the Crusades; Challenge and Change – including the slave trade, slavery in the United States and the Suffragette movement; Turning Points in History – the study of important events in history such as the Pompeii eruption, the Battle of Hastings, the Black Death, the killing of the Princes in the Tower, the execution of Anne Boleyn and the eruption of Mount Tarawera; Significant Places – including the Colosseum, Caracalla’s Baths, Pompeii, Machu Picchu, Mecca, the Alhambra Palace and Chartres Cathedral; The significance of important people in history – such as the prophet Muhammad, William the Conqueror, Henry VIII, Emmeline Pankhurst, Kate Sheppard, and Tsar Nicholas II.
You will also learn a range of useful skills such as making concise summary notes, writing well-organised essays, critically analysing evidence and researching to find information.

Assessment: There will a range of assessments, including assignment work, one essay and an extended individual research project

Note: This course leads to Year 11 History.

Managing Money – Year 9 (Half Year), 9MYa

This course will help you to make decisions about: spending wisely, saving money and realising the cost of living in today’s world. You will learn about spending habits and tools to help manage your money, followed by completing the Flatting assignment.
You will discover the many ways people earn an income, how we calculate tax and how to prepare a budget. By doing the Flatting assignment, you will be making decisions like: where to live? how much you should borrow? and costs of running a household.
You will use resources at school, home and from businesses to help you to manage this project. You will question yourself and others when you decide what types of goods and services to buy and you will find solutions when trying to make the most of your income. Before you can manage money, you must develop the skills of managing your time. This course will help you do this, as you work at your own pace, set your own work and organise your own resources with guidance from your teacher.

Assessment: There will be one test and completion of the Flatting assignment

Note: This course leads to Year 10 Economics and Enterprise.

Economics and Enterprise – Year 10, 10EC

This course will help you to understand how individuals make enterprising and economic decisions. You will learn the skills required to run a successful business or enterprise such as managing money, time and resources. You will participate in the local economy by finding costs, looking at brands and surveying consumers. There will be times where you will compete as teams and other times where you will need to work cooperatively with each other and with outside agencies. We will also study consumer and commercial law.
We study enterprising people and qualities. You will learn and apply tools such as “SWOT”, “Demand”, “Break Even”, the “4P’s of marketing” to a real business. Then, working as a team, you will use these skills to design, create and promote a product to be sold at our very successful and popular Market Day.

Assessment: There will be a range of assessments. The Market Day venture is assessed by self-reflection.

Note: This course leads to Year 11 Commerce courses (Economics and/or Accounting.)

Extension Physical Education – Year 9 (Half Year), 9PEa

This course focuses on providing opportunities to extend yourself in Physical Education, both practically and theoretically. There will be opportunities to learn about and put into practice knowledge about sports nutrition, anatomy, biomechanics, fitness methods, exercise science racquet sports (including badminton, tennis and squash), ultimate frisbee, sports education (setting up a sports tournament and playing a role in a team) and international sports (such as handball, tschoukball, korfball and lacrosse). All of this knowledge will be used when you compete in an Adventure Race based around Wellington City.

Assessment: You will be assessed on effort, participation, involvement and academic application of concepts to practical contexts.

Voluntary contribution: $45 approximately to cover court hire, specialist coaches and entry fees to venues and event

Specialist equipment: PE uniform, personal fitness gear e.g running shoes, swimming gear.

Extension Physical Education – Year 10 (Option), 10PEE

This course aims to follow on from Year 9 Extension PE (although you do not have to have done Year 9 Extension PE to do Year 10 Extension). It aims to provide challenge, excitement, fun and new opportunities to develop yourself in all areas of Physical Education. It is aiming to include experiences as varied as Outdoor adventurous activities, personal training for an adrenaline filled physical challenge, coaching junior students to develop leadership, communication and management strategies, and developing and performing an entertaining and original movement related sequence for an audience. You will develop expertise in a new and different sport and undertake training in a variety of sports to build up to an exchange with another college.
The theory aspects of the course will be fully integrated with the practical activities and involve applying critical thinking to exercise science principles to sports such as Lacrosse and/or Floorball and Golf. Critical thinking will also be developed in the study of various contemporary issues in sport and physical activity.

Voluntary contribution: approximately $40

The outdoor adventure day will be approximately $120.

Media Studies – Year 9, (Half Year), 9MDa

Media is one of the main ways that human beings get new information, and share our own information with others. In this course we’ll talk about exactly what media is, why it matters so much, and what makes some media particularly powerful. You’ll make your own audio projects. We’ll consider how the internet has changed how we use media. And we’ll talk about how media can represent (even stereotype) different groups in society. Make sure you bring your headphones!

Assessment: You will be assessed on two projects: your audio productions, and your work on how different groups and ideas are represented in the media.

Specialist equipment: Headphones/buds.

Note: This course leads to Year 10 Media Studies, but is not required.

Media Studies – Year 10, 10MD

News, films and the internet are the focus in year 10. Examine and critique existing media, then make your – news, advertisements and film products. More than ever, the media is one of our main sources of information so it is important to question how true that information is, and why the truth might sometimes get distorted.

Assessment: There will be a range of assessments, including production of media and discussion of media.

Specialist equipment: None required, but a BYOD is helpful.

Note: This course leads to Year 11 Media Studies.

Learning Studies – Year 9 (Full Year), 9LS

Learning Studies provides you with a supportive environment where you can develop learning strategies for secondary school. You will have the opportunity to work on other subjects as well as learn how to make the best use of your time. If you feel that you need longer to complete class work, lack confidence, can be disorganised, find aspects of school challenging, then this option could be of benefit to you.
Entry to this course is limited. You, your parents, the Head of Learning Support and your Dean can help you to decide if this course is for you.

Assessment: There is no homework or assessment. Your progress is monitored by your Learning Studies teacher and the Dean.

Note: This course is usually a full year option but if after half a year you find you no longer need it, you can change to another option in the middle of the year.

Learning Studies – Year 10, 10LS

Learning Studies provides you with a supportive environment where you have the opportunity to work on other subjects and learn how to make the best use of your time. If you have found it hard to keep up with your assignments and to prepare for assessments in Year 9, then this option could be for you.
Entry to this course is limited. You, your parents, the Head of Learning Support and your Dean will help you to decide if this course is for you.

Assessment: There is no homework or assessment. Your progress is monitored by your Learning Studies teacher and the Dean.