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Ancient Worlds - Year 9, 9AW

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In this subject you will study a range of interesting topics selected from the following topics: Mysteries – such as the mystery of Tollund Man, Easter Island, the origin of the Maori; Ancient beliefs – 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 legends of Maui; Important people from the past - such as the first Emperor of China (his unification of China and his cruel methods of governing), Tutankamun and heroes like Perseus and Theseus; Significant turning points such as the Battle of Marathon and the eruption of Thera; 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.There will be a range of assessments, including assignment work, an essay and an extended individual research project.NoneYear 10 Ancient WorldsMr Adams

Ancient Worlds - Year 9 (Half Year), 9AWa

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In this subject you will study a range of interesting topics selected from the following topics: Mysteries – such as the mystery of Tollund Man and the origin of the Maori; Old World Religions – including the religion of the Ancient Egyptians (the gods, mummification and the pyramids); Myth or reality? – including the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, the Atlantis legend and the legends of Maui; Important people from the past - such as the first Emperor of China (his unification of China and his cruel methods of governing), Tutankamun; Significant turning points such as the eruption of Thera; 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, critically analysing evidence and writing well-organised essays. 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. There will be a range of assessments including one essay and some assignment work.NoneYear 10 Ancient WorldsMr Adams

Ancient Worlds – Year 10, 10AW

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In this subject you will study a range of interesting topics selected from the following themes: Different government systems – including the rise of the Roman Empire, and Medieval monarchy; First settlement – including the Vikings, and the Maori settlement of Aotearoa; Religion – including the Roman gods and their temples, the Medieval Church, the spread of Islam; Clash of Cultures – including the Anglo-Saxon invasions, the conquest of the Americas (the Maya, Aztecs and Inca) by the Spanish; Significant turning points– such as the Pompeii eruption, eruption of Tarawera, the Battle of Hastings, the Black Death, the killing of the Princes in the Tower, the execution of Anne Boleyn and the Spanish Armada; Significant places - including the Colosseum, Caracalla’s Baths, the Pink and White terraces, Pompeii, Machu Picchu, the Alhambra Palace, Beaumaris castle, Maori pa such as Maungakiekie; The Significance of important people in the past - such as the prophet Muhammad, William the Conqueror, Elizabeth I and Henry VIII. 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.There will be a range of assessments, including assignment work, one essay and an extended individual research project.NoneYear 11 Classical StudiesMr Adams

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

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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.There will be one test and completion of the Flatting assignment This course leads to Year 10 Economics and Enterprise.Mr Morar

Economics and Enterprise – Year 10, 10EC

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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”, “Break Even” and the “4P’s of marketing” to a real business activity. 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.There will be a range of assessments. The Market Day venture is assessed by self-reflection.This course leads to Year 11 Economics in Society and/or Year 11 Accounting and Financial Skills in Action. Mr Morar

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

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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!You will be assessed on two projects: your audio productions, and your work on how different groups and ideas are represented in the media.Headphones/buds.This course leads to Year 10 Media Studies, but is not required. Ms Cook

Media Studies – Year 10, 10MD

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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.There will be a range of assessments, including production of media and discussion of media.None required, but a BYOD is helpful.This course leads to Year 11 Media Studies.Ms Cook

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

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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.There is no homework or assessment. Your progress is monitored by your Learning Studies teacher and the Dean.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.Mrs Lisa Duggan

Learning Studies – Year 10, 10LS

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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.There is no homework or assessment. Your progress is monitored by your Learning Studies teacher and the Dean.Mrs Lisa Duggan

Mathematical language – Year 9 (Half Year), 9MLa

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The focus of this course is to further develop your mathematical thinking and your understanding of mathematical language at Level 4 and below of the New Zealand Curriculum. This will be done under two main strands: Number/Algebra, and Geometry/Measurement.Progress will be monitored by the teacher with regular feedback provided on the progress you have made. There are no formal assessments but short quizzes and other non formal test will be used to monitor progress.A scientific calculator, ruler, compass and protractor will be requiredThis is a half year optional Course. Students can choose this subject as an extra support for maths.Ms Lu Chen and Ms Colleen Schuster

Mathematical language - Year 10, 10ML

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The focus of this course is to further develop your mathematical thinking and your understanding of mathematical language at Level 4 and below of the New Zealand Curriculum. This will be done under two main strands: Number/Algebra, and Geometry/Measurement.Progress will be monitored by the teacher with regular feedback provided on the progress you have made. There are no formal assessments but short quizzes and other non formal assessment will be used to monitor progress.A scientific calculator, ruler, compass and protractor will be requiredThis is a full year optional Course. Students can choose this subject as an extra support for maths. Ms Colleen Schuster and Ms Lu Chen

Imagined Worlds Literacy - Year 9 (half year) 9CMLa

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Imagine if we could live in a fantasy world or have magical powers? How would our lives change? Imagine a world of your own creation. Let’s explore famous fantasy worlds (dystopia and utopia) together and discover how they work. Our exploration will include science fiction and anime and will ask questions like would these imagined worlds be better than our own? Progress will be monitored by the teacher with regular feedback provided on the progress you have made. There are no formal assessments but short quizzes and other non formal assessment will be used to monitor progress.This is an invitation only course. Invitations will be sent to identified students and whānau during Term 2.Mrs Lisa Duggan

Imagined worlds literacy - Year 10, 10CML

DescriptionAssessmentSpecialist equipmentNoteTo discuss contact
Imagine if we could live in a fantasy world or have magical powers? How would our lives change? Imagine a world of your own creation. Let’s explore famous fantasy worlds (dystopia and utopia) together and discover how they work. Our exploration will include science fiction and anime and will ask questions like would these imagined worlds be better than our own? Progress will be monitored by the teacher with regular feedback provided on the progress you have made. There are no formal assessments but short quizzes and other non formal assessment will be used to monitor progress.This is an invitation only course. Invitations will be sent to identified students and whānau during Term 2.Mrs Lisa Duggan