Junior Curriculum

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.

Year 9

All Students are required take the following core subjects:

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

Students also choose eight one-term options

At least two of:

  • Digital Technology
  • DVC
  • Food Technology
  • Technology
  • Industry Trades
  • Carving (Wood/Bone)

At least two of:

  • Art
  • Design
  • Drama
  • Film Making
  • Māori Performing Arts
  • Music

At least one of:

  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Te Reo Māori
  • Reading Support

Additional options:

  • Business Studies
  • Inquiry Learning
  • Philosophy
  • Sports Studies
  • Athlete Development

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 take the following core subjects:

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

Students also choose four half-year options.

At least one of:

  • Digital Technology
  • DVC
  • Electronics Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Industry Trades
  • Product Technology
  • Carving (Bone/Wood)

At least one of:

  • Art
  • Design
  • Drama
  • Film Making
  • Māori Performing Arts
  • Music

Aditional options

  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Te Reo Māori
  • Mandarin
  • Reading Support
  • Literacy Support
  • Athlete Development
  • Business Studies
  • History Inquiry
  • Horticulture
  • Mathematics Mentoring
  • Philosophy
  • Sports Studies

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