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Classical Studies – Year 12, 12CS

This course is based on the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome. You will explore stories from Greek and Roman myth and study other aspects of these civilisations to understand their cultures and their influence on our culture. Specific topics covered include: the classic Greek tragedies Oedipus the King and Antigone; Roman socio-political life where you will learn about living conditions, education, slavery, the position of women, and Roman entertainments; the events surrounding the eruption of Mt Vesuvius and its aftermath. And either, Roman Art examining Roman houses and the mosaics and frescoes discovered after Pompeii was excavated, or alternatively, Greek sculpture which deals with developments in the depiction of the human body and the depictions of stories from Greek myth and literature. You will become familiar with the use of a range of primary sources which will develop your ability to research, interpret and analyse and on which you will create structured arguments.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course

Pre-requisites: NCEA Level 1 Literacy

Leads to: Year 13 Classical Studies

Qualification available: NCEA Level 2

Classical Studies – Year 13, 13CS

This course is based on the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome. You will look at a range of contexts and topics include; an exploration of the ideas and values associated with Virgil’s famous story, The Aeneid, which relates the fate of the hero Aeneas and the defeated Trojans, and how this epic influenced contemporary and later societies; Greek Vase Painting, including study of the techniques, materials, designs and stories painted on vases; and the life of Alexander the Great, one of the world’s most influential leaders, his achievements and legacy. You will become familiar with the use of a range of primary sources which will develop your ability to research, interpret and analyse and on which you will create structured arguments.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course

Pre-requisites: At least 8 credits in Level 2 English or Classical Studies or similar; or by negotiation with the Head of Department.

Leads to: Tertiary study

Qualification available: NCEA Level 3

History – Year 11, 11HI

This subject is organised around key themes of protest and challenge; imperialism, nationalism and war; and religion, politics and society. In Year 11 you will study a range of different contexts and case studies. You will examine issues where groups have demanded change in NZ society; contexts of revolution from the Industrial Revolution to the Iranian revolution and contexts around the globe such as Cambodia, East Timor and Armenia where societies have experienced massive change. You will develop a range of skills such as examining historical perspectives, writing well-organised essays, analysing evidence, effective research and learning about cause and effect.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course.

Leads to: Year 12 History

Qualification available: NCEA Level 1

History – Year 12, 12HI

Qualification available: NCEA Level 2
This subject is organised around key themes of protest and challenge; imperialism, nationalism and war; and religion, politics and society. In Year 12 you will explore some of the significant challenges to authority and tradition which occurred during the modern era. You will examine significant historical events of the twentieth century which may include topics such as the Cold War, various contexts of uprisings against colonial rule such as in Sāmoa, Haiti, Indochina and Aotearoa, and a topic of your own choosing.
You will develop a range of skills such as exploring historical relationships, examining historical perspectives, writing clear and logical essays, analysing evidence and learning how to carry out effective research.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course.

Pre-requisites: Level 1 NCEA

Leads to: Year 13 History

History – Year 13, 13HI

This subject is organised around the key theme of colonization and looking at local history. In Year 13 you will study significant historical developments including: driving forces and philosophies behind Britain’s exploration and colonisation of the new world (for example in India, Australia, the Pacific, and Aotearoa). You will also explore local history which could include visiting various local historical sites such as Matiu Island, Petone Foreshore, Bolton Street Cemetery, Pukehau and Te Aro Pā.
You will also develop a range of skills such as examining historical perspectives, exploring different sides of contested events, writing convincing and logical essays, analysing evidence and learning how to carry out effective research.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course

Pre-requisites: Level 2 NCEA

Leads to: Tertiary study

Qualification available: NCEA Level 3

Geography – Year 11, 11GE

In this course you will study extreme natural events, in particular Tsunami with the Indian Ocean tsunami as a primary case study. This topic will also include emergency management planning and response. Demographics in New Zealand will cover population distribution, diversity, migration, change and sustainability. You will learn to apply a range of geographic skills; mapping, graphing, visuals, statistics, perceptions and geographic concepts to a geographic environment. Geographic research will involve collecting data on the Wairarapa field trip which will be presented, analysed and evaluated. Patterns and distribution of global phenomena will be described. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will be introduced and ArcGIS software applied to solve a geographic problem. Sustainability of a resource use will be investigated.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course

Pre-requisites: Nil

Voluntary contribution: $200 for the three day Wairarapa residential field trip at Castlepoint

Leads to: Year 12 Geography

Qualification available: NCEA Level 1

Geography – Year 12, 12GE

In this course you will study the natural environment of the Tongariro volcanic centre, analyse patterns of urban geography, apply a range of geographic skills; mapping, graphing, visuals, statistics, perceptions and geographic concepts to a variety of environments. You will collect data on the Tongariro field trip, present and analyse it, then evaluate the research process. You will also analyse the patterns produced by a global topic and study Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and use the ArcGIS software.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course

Pre-requisites: Level 1 NCEA or by negotiation with the Teacher in Charge.

Voluntary contribution: $400 for the four day Tongariro field trip. Students need to be aware that this field trip is physically challenging involving completing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Leads to: Year 13 Geography

Qualification available: NCEA Level 2

Geography – Year 13, 13GE

In this course you will study the interacting natural processes of Wellington’s South coast and the cultural process of tourism with Rotorua as the case study. You will apply the geographic skills of mapping, graphing, visuals, statistics, perceptions and geographic concepts to a variety of environments. Data from the Wellington South coast field trip in Term One will be collected for research; this will be presented and analysed then the whole research process evaluated. Decision making will be completed for a contemporary geographic issue and the patterns produced by a global topic will be analysed. The case studies for these will be given by the teacher or can be chosen by the student with consultation.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course

Pre-requisites: Level 2 NCEA or by negotiation with the Teacher in Charge.

Voluntary contribution: $20 for Wellington south coast field trip.

Qualification available: NCEA Level 3

Sociology – Year 11, 11SS

Sociology is focused on studying social behaviours and societies. You will examine how our society functions both within and beyond Aotearoa and explore your place in it through discussion and action. In this course we will analyse a variety of current social issues, activism and intersectionality, as well as how we use animals in our society. We will explore a variety of human relationships and societal responses to events and issues with our key concepts of human rights and social justice. This course will develop your ability to construct an argument and support your position, to research and investigate, engage in meaningful social action and to identify different views, values and perspectives.

Assessment: This course will primarily be internally-assessed with an optional external.

Pre-requisites: Nil

Leads to: Year 12 Sociology, History, Geography and Tourism

Qualification available: NCEA Level 1

Sociology – Year 12, 12SS

Sociology is focused on studying social behaviours and societies. You will examine how our society functions both within and beyond Aotearoa and explore your place in it through discussion and action. In this course we will examine societal constructs and current topics such as indigenous activism, social media, the opioid epidemic and sexuality, as well as investigate topical current events centred around global politics. We will explore a variety of human relationships and societal responses to events and issues with our key concepts of rights and responsibilities. This course will develop your ability to construct an argument and support your position, to research and investigate, engage in meaningful social action and to identify different views, values and perspectives.

Assessment: This course will be internally-assessed.

Pre-requisites: Level 1 NCEA Certificate

Leads to: Year 13 Sociology, History, Geography, Philosophy & Beliefs and Tourism

Qualification available: NCEA Level 2

Sociology – Year 13, 13SS

Sociology is focused on studying social behaviours and societies. You will examine how our society functions both within and beyond Aotearoa and explore your place in it through discussion and action. In this course we will examine aspects of criminology and broader views on crime, consider gang culture and alternate societies, as well as institutional racism and its impacts across a range of contexts. We will explore a variety of human relationships and societal responses to events and issues with our key concepts of ideology and policy. This course will develop your ability to construct an argument and support your position, to research and investigate, engage in meaningful social action and to identify different views, values and perspectives.

Assessment: This course will be internally-assessed.

Pre-requisites: Level 2 NCEA Certificate

Leads to: Tertiary study

Qualification available: NCEA Level 3

Philosophy & Beliefs – Year 13, 13PB

This course explores ultimate questions about reality, current ethical issues, and the nature of religion in Aotearoa through philosophical, evidence-based and spiritual lenses. We will explore questions such as: do we have free will? What is the nature of consciousness and how far away is science from explaining it? Do gods exist? What is knowledge and is it the same thing for a scientist, philosopher or spiritualist? What is right and wrong? The course will develop your ability to reconsider what knowledge actually is. It will both challenge and affirm the ways that different world views seek to answer key questions about existence and the world. The course will also develop your logical reasoning skills and your ability to develop strong well-structured arguments, drawing on a range of disciplines.

Assessment: This course will be internally-assessed

Pre-requisites: Level 2 NCEA Certificate

Leads to: Tertiary Study

Qualification available: NCEA Level 3

Accounting – Year 11, 11AC

This course will equip you with the skills to prepare, read and analyse financial information. By the end of the year you will have enough knowledge to process a set of accounts for a small business, prepare income statements and financial position statements, in order to make financial decisions. Accounting is a practical subject and it can take a little time to learn the basics and technical language. You must be self-motivated, organised, like working with numbers, problem solving and have a “can do” attitude.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course

Pre-requisites: Nil

Voluntary contribution: $27 for write-on workbook

Leads to: Year 12 Accounting

Qualification available: NCEA Level 1

Accounting – Year 12, 12AC

This course builds on the foundations laid in Year 11 Accounting by exploring accounting processes, reporting and decision-making in more depth, and laying the groundwork for study at NCEA Level 3. You will do most of the processing using accounting software (Currently “Xero” software). There is also an investigation into the accounting systems of a business such as Inventory, where you will identify strengths and weaknesses and make recommendations.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course

Pre-requisites: Level 1 Accounting with Achievement or better in AS90978; and Achievement or better in one of the three other standards or by negotiation with the Head of Department. Students who have not done accounting before will only be admitted at the discretion of the HOD.

Voluntary contribution: $28 for write-on workbook

Leads to: Year 13 Accounting

Qualification available: NCEA Level 2

Accounting – Year 13, 13AC

After studying Accounting for sole proprietors at Levels 1 and 2, Accounting at Level 3 moves onto a wider range of firms. For example, you will learn how to set up partnerships and companies, and work out profit sharing arrangements in partnerships and companies. In the unit on management decision-making you will learn to apply management accounting tools such as cash budgets and cost- volume-profit. You will also analyse an Annual report for a company listed on the NZ stock exchange and decide whether or not to buy shares in it. You may even decide to buy shares in the company yourself!

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course

Pre-requisites: Level 2 Accounting with Achievement or better in AS91176 and achievement or better in one of the three other standards; or by negotiation with the Head of Department.

Voluntary contribution: $29 for write on workbook

Qualification available: NCEA Level 3

Economics – Year 11, 11EC

In this course we learn about the psychology of producers and consumers, to better understand their thinking and predict their behaviour. Through this we cover concepts such as demand and supply, market forces, and interdependence in the economy. We then use this learning to analyse the actions of consumers and producers, predict how they will respond to events, consider the consequences of this on society, and explore the role of the government in responding to this.
This course will help you to better understand how the economy plays a part in our daily lives.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course

Pre-requisites: Nil

Voluntary contribution: $24 for write on workbook

Leads to: Year 12 Economics

Qualification available: NCEA Level 1

Economics – Year 12, 12EC

Level 2 economics builds on level 1 to understand the macroeconomic world or how ‘the economy’ operates as a whole. We will cover a range of economic models and concepts which enable us to understand the causes of current issues and their impacts, as well as analyse the effectiveness of a range of suggested government policies. Throughout this learning, we will frequently watch the news, and have discussions/debates around current issues and policies proposed in parliament which affect consumers, producers and the environment. We then use this learning to complete a project where you will investigate an issue of particular interest to you, the causes and impacts of it, before designing and arguing for two government policies to address this issue.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course

Pre-requisites: 8 credits in Level 1 Economics with Achievement or better in either AS90986 or AS90988 or if new to Economics, you must also be doing Year 12 English and Year 12 Mathematics (MSI or MS); or by negotiation with the Head of Department.

Voluntary contribution: $24 for write on workbook

Leads to: Year 13 Economics

Qualification available: NCEA Level 2

Media Studies – Year 11, 11MD

Finding, analysing, evaluating, planning and producing media are important life skills in a world of “fake news”. But these are also vocational skills, beneficial to a range of fields as businesses demand more online media expertise and the ability to communicate using technology. In Year 11 you’ll closely analyse video advertisements for TV or the internet. You’ll plan and produce your own video ad or the first minute of a film. And we’ll watch Reality TV too – asking what sets it apart, how and why it has evolved this way, and why this matters for audiences. Be prepared to edit on software used by the professional film-makers.

Assessment: Three internal standards and one external standard.

Pre-requisites: None

Specialist equipment: A flash drive and ear buds.

Leads to: Year 12 Media Studies

Qualification available: NCEA Level 1

Media Studies – Year 12, 12MD

Documentaries appear to tell “The Truth”… but now does the need to create a compelling narrative and engage the audience shape the way the information is presented? In Year 12 we look at how documentaries are structured to tell a story. You’ll design and plan your own documentary, and then produce one, with the opportunity to develop and craft this to a high standard. Our exam topic focuses on how American family sitcoms have changed since their inception to keep the audience interested, which offers a scope for critical understanding of this media form in a range of contexts.

Assessment: Three internal and one external standard

Pre-requisites: Year 11 Media Studies; or by negotiation with the Head of Department.

Specialist equipment: Earbuds/headphones.

Leads to: Year 13 Media Studies

Qualification available: NCEA Level 2

Media Studies – Year 13, 13MD

Analyse films, design your own film, make your own film. You’ll choose a film genre (Horror? Mockumentary? Rom-com?) and create a character and storyline that will appeal to young people. Taking inspiration from existing films, you’ll shape this into a detailed plan, then film and edit it. This year we also do “readings” of films – comparing how for example, a marxist perspective of a film differs from a feminist reading of the same film. There is one external for this subject and it is about a film genre.

Assessment: Three internal standards and one external standard.

Pre-requisites: Year 12 Media Studies; or by negotiation with the Head of Department.

Specialist equipment: SD card, USB stick (8GB+) for video footage. Headphones.

Leads to: Tertiary study, short courses or employment

Qualification available: NCEA Level 3