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.


The aim of this course is to use computers creatively and effectively to develop the skills and practices that artists and designers need and to use different programme languages such as Scratch, Visual Basic and HTML.


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 allows students to explore creative and design processes through a digital platform. The focus is on the tools needed for computer based image manipulation. Use your imagination to create the impossible. It ​​can lead to a multitude of creative ​career ​pathways including but not limited to, Graphic Designer, Illustration, Fashion Designer, Marketing, Photography and Film and Television.​


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 aims to support learners to develop confidence, responsibility, and capability in managing their finances now, and in the future. Students will gain a basic knowledge of financial literacy terms through designing, planning, and goal setting so that the financial dreams may be achieved.


The Food Technology course covers techniques and processes. Students will gain 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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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The aim of the course is to introduce students to this exciting and dynamic modern foreign language through all aspects of communication: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Topics are relevant and useful for today’s youth. They include: the ability to introduce yourself to others and to talk about yourself and your family, where you come from, things you like and don’t like, food your home and how to ask for information.


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.

Level 1

There are three compulsory courses – English and/or Maori, Mathematics and Science. The other subjects are chosen by students in consultation. All students study six subjects

Level 2

There are no compulsory courses. However, students must remember to choose courses that count towards UE Literacy if they are contemplating University enrollment. All students study six subjects.

Level 3

All students study six subjects.

There are no compulsory courses.