ADVANCED PHYSICAL EDUCATION
This course prepares students for the academic pathway into Advanced Physical Education in Year 10 and senior school Physical Education. It covers topics such as Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics and Motor Skill Learning.
This course is an introduction to Visual Arts and includes a range of media and techniques that are used to develop ideas and study artist models. This includes Photography and Digital Photoshop, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Drawing and Design.
This is an introductory course to Careers and Vocational Pathways. Students will learn to navigate the Careersnz website and learn how to create a CV, how to manage links from Profile to Career. Each student will begin considering subject choices that will lead to career choices for the future.
This course aims to extend student’s knowledge in the creation of digital content, including apps, and websites. Students will be encouraged to apply computational thinking towards web (HTML and CSS) graphic (Photoshop) design. Students will gain knowledge in the following programs: Photoshop, Illustrator, Brackets, Thunkable and other apps development program. This subject can lead to tertiary studies and careers in areas such as graphic, game and web design, computer graphics and animation, computer programming, software engineering and I.T. Leading onto NCEA Digital Technologies Level 1.
DESIGN and VISUAL COMMUNICATION (Graphics)
The Design and Visual Communications course covers freehand sketching, rendering (colour), instrumental drawing and the design process. Interest is developed by using specialised equipment, learning set standards of presentation and the completion of individual work. The design brief approach is introduced and students can develop broad graphic communication skills, explore the design process and gain some appreciation of good design. Students will also be introduced to computer drawing programme called Revit for interior and exterior house design.
This course is an introduction to Drama and combines theory and practical work. Students will learn how to combine the Elements, Techniques and Conventions of Drama to be able to present and perform.
This course is an introduction to financial concepts. Topics covered range from; income streams, cost of credit, ‘good’ and ‘bad’ debt, financial risk, and savings options. Students will increase their knowledge of financial planning, and how they can use this knowledge to attain their life goals.
The Food Technology course covers techniques and processes. Students will gain a basic knowledge of the technology process through planning, designing and understanding a brief. Through this course students will gain social and co-operative skills through the extensive use of group work. They will also build on the practical and organisational skills they gained in Year 8.
Year 9 Health is a compulsory core subject that looks at understanding the concept of Hauora/Well-being, and how this is influenced by society and others to develop an individual’s self-worth. We identify and apply decision making skills. This assists students in making informed choices around drug and alcohol use and the strategies to resist peer pressure. We also identify the qualities of a good relationship and allow students to develop positive attitudes towards sexuality.
MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY – HARD
Hard Materials Technology encourages students to participate in a creative process of planning, designing and evaluating to produce a unique project.
For 2016 students will design and make their own clock which they will be able to take home once it has been finished to a high standard.
This course is an enjoyable practical introduction to playing, performing and understanding Music. Students will study different genres and styles of Music and the skill of reading and writing Music is also introduced.
If you are innovative and creative thinker – whether it be about using objects, or experimenting with computers and want to learn to program a robot, then this is the subject for you. Design is about innovation. While developing the skills and knowledge that industry currently demands, you will also be pushing the limits and, in a sense, forging the future of design practice. During lessons and your teacher will show you how to take an experimental approach to design that encourages creative and thoughtful design solutions for an outcome ie game design, robotics, etc. There might be opportunities to participate in few programming competitions such as Robotics Competition, Aquabots etc.
The Reo-Rumaki class is designed for students who have come from total immersion or bilingual classes at primary, intermediate or kura kaupapa. As it is delivered 80% in Te Reo Māori, entry into this subject is via the Year 9 Rumaki core class OR at the discretion of the HOD Māori,and/or the Principal. Students in this class may work towards an NCEA pathway depending on their fluency in Te Reo Māori in both written and spoken Māori. The course topics for this class include: Te Kura, Mihimihi, Tōku Kāinga, Te Marae, Pōhiri and Te Ao Taiohi.
TEXTILES, FASHION & DESIGN
Textiles and Fashion Technology involves creating with fibre, yarn and fabric, and learning skills that will enable students to manipulate various soft materials. This course is based on the technology process which encourages the students to plan and design, creating a unique product and BE CREATIVE!
INTRODUCTORY TE REO MAORI
The Year 9 Māori course is designed for students who are totally new to learning the Māori language or for students who have basic Māori language skills already. The course develops skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening to Te Reo Māori. The course will cover at least four topics such as: whānau (family), kai (food), kura (school) and mihimihi (greetings). You will also have the chance to do taster lessons in Māori Performing Arts, Māori Arts and Crafts and Māori games. This course can progress to Year 10 Te Reo Maori and NCEA Te Reo Maori.