In Year 9 the essential learning areas are covered in the interests of a broad and balanced education. All Year 9 students study:
In Year 10 all students study the following essential learning areas of:
Year 11 students who take English, Mathematics and Science have a wide range of occupations open to them. These subjects provide the foundation of communication and numeracy skills. English and Mathematics are compulsory and students who do not study Science to at least Year 11 level restrict their occupational choices and job opportunities, especially in the scientific and technical fields.
Students should choose most of their subjects according to what they like and what they are good at. Students may take a general education course and choose subjects such as History, Geography, a language, and Commerce and Technology. Some subjects may have direct career links, especially those such as Art and Technology. Early school leavers may find transition to work easier if their courses include such vocational elements.
Boys will be given a course intention sheet to complete towards the end of term 3. This sheet is to be returned to the form teacher.
If your long term goal is to attend university, you need to be aware that entry requirements are tightening. Most universities will rank students on their best 80 credits from 5 approved subjects. Therefore, you need to select your courses carefully to ensure you can take a sufficient number of approved subjects in Year 13.
See your Dean for a list of approved subjects or go to NZQA website http://www.nzqa.govt.nz