Junior Curriculum

Tauranga Boys' College is a BYOD school. All students need to bring a device to school.  A student-owned internet-capable device is now an important part of a student's toolkit, giving him instant access to unlimited resources and enabling him to support, extend, communicate and share his learning in a way that best prepares him for the future. Your son will experience technology integrated into curriculum delivery via Google Classroom, Education Perfect,  etc. Alongside these online platforms, there is still place for books, paper and pen, and you will have noticed a greatly reduced stationery list.

The recommended device is a Chromebook or laptop, however, you may choose another device, provided it can hold its charge for up to six hours, and connect to the internet. It must have the latest version of Google Chrome installed. Phones are not an approved learning device.

During a student’s progress through the College, his Academic Tutor and Form Teacher will talk to him about courses and advise him on his selection of subjects. It is important that parents with questions and/or feedback relating to courses and options consult with their son’s Academic Tutor in the first instance.

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Year 9

All students are required to take the following core subjects:

English Social Studies, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education,  Science

Students also choose eight one-term options:

At least two of

At least two of

At least one of

Carving (Wood or Bone)
Digital Technology
Design & Visual Communication
Food Technology
Industry Trades
Product Technology

Art
Design
Drama
Film Making
Māori Performing Arts
Music

Japanese
Latin
Mandarin
Spanish
Te Reo Māori 
Reading Support

Additional options

Athlete Development
Business Studies
Innovation
Philosophy


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Particular care is taken to gather as much information as possible about the background of new entrants from contributing schools. Students are placed in courses best suited to their ability. Extension classes follow an enriched programme. From these classes, the accelerate students are selected for the following year.

The Learning Needs and Learning Centre classes have a curriculum tailored to meet their needs, along with remedial tuition and one-to-one tutoring in reading and other special programmes. All courses are designed so that students showing industry, ability and application are able to move into higher-banded classes.


Year 10

All students are required to take the following core subjects:

English Social Studies, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, Science

Students also choose four half-year options:

At least one of

At least one of

Additional Options

Carving (Wood or Bone)
Digital Technology
Design & Visual Communication
Electronics
Food Technology
Industry Trades 
Product Technology

Art
Design
Drama
Film Making
Māori Performing Arts
Music
Agricultural & Horticultural Science
Athlete Development
Business Studies
History Inquiry
Innovation
Japanese
Literacy Support
Mandarin
Reading Support
Spanish
Te Reo Māori 


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Accelerated learning students also have access to some NCEA Level 1 subjects, such as Science, Mathematics, History, or Geography.

 

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