Junior Curriculum


Year 9  Curriculum

All students have a core set of compulsory subjects.

  • English
  • Language (one of Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Maori)
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education/Health Education
  • Social Studies
  • Science

These courses will run for the entire year.

A further set of compulsory subjects will run as either 1 term, or 2 term courses.

  • Art
  • Computing
  • Electronics
  • Design & Visual Communication
  • Materials Technology (Structures and Mechanisms)
  • Music
  • Performing Arts

Gifted and Talented Programmes

Gifted and Talented Programmes are available in Academia, Music and Sport as part of the curriculum.

  • A Band Students

Extension classes are run in English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. The programme enriches and extends the students in each of the core subjects. Initial selection for this band is the entrance tests which all Form 3 students sit on the 24th October 2012. Places will be confirmed as a result of the mid-year reclassification examinations.

The A Band students must select two Languages. Students select one language from two of the groups below:

Group AChinese or Japanese;  Group B: French or German;  Group C: Maori

Students who select the full year Music course or who gain entry into the Music Institute or Academy of Sport will select ONE language only.

  • Music and Music Institute

If you wish to select a full year course in Music or be part of the Music Institute you must apply at the time of your enrolment. The full year option Music course is open to any student who wishes to work on instrumental performance and composition. Places in the Music Institute course are limited to the most advanced players with prior musical experience of at least three years. Entry is by audition and theory test at the start of each year. Students who select Music as a full year option are then divided into the Institute or option courses.

  • Academy of Sport

The Academy of Sport offers the following sports: Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Football and Rugby. Students must apply to be part of the Academy of Sport – a separate application form must be completed. A trial is run after the ballot is held to select the students for each of the codes. The date for this trial is 24th October 2012.

If you are selected for any of the Gifted and Talented Programmes, specialised timetables are designed.

Learner Support

Where students need help from the Learner Support department to catch up on essential skills, they will not be required to select a language.

The team in the Learner Support department provides specialised support for boys who have difficulty in English and Mathematics. They provide small group tutoring in Literacy, Mathematics and reader/writer support for boys who have a documented learning difficulty. Teacher aides are also available to support boys in the classroom where appropriate.

Year 10 Curriculum

As a result of the two sets of examinations (Mid-Year and End of Year) in the Year 9 students will be placed into one of 3 academic bands in the Year 10.

It is expected that students in the Year 10 A Band will be preparing for entry into the Cambridge Pathway. Students in 10A1 (Chemistry, English and Mathematics) will have the opportunity to sit IGSCE exams in Chemistry, English and Mathematics at the end of 2013. This is part of the Academic Institute. Students in the B and C Bands will be completing Achievement and Unit Standards that will give them a start to the NCEA qualification. Students in the B and C Bands will have the opportunity to complete up to 30 credits of work at NCEA Level 1.

An important part of academic success is selecting the subjects that best suit you. The school believes that students in Year 10 should be exposed to a wide range of subjects.

All Year 10 students will study:

  • English
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Three option subjects.

A Band: Includes students in the A Band and students who were in the Academic Institute.

Students in the A Band must select a language as one of the three options.

Students in the Academic Institute will select a language as part of their course.

Year 10  A Band students will study:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • NZ Geography & History
  • Science (this will include courses in Chemistry, Physics and Biology)
  • Physical Education
  • Three option subjects

These classes will prepare students for entry into Cambridge International Examinations in Year 11, where students will sit the IGSCE exams. Entry into Cambridge International Examinations is dependent on exam results in Year 10. A combination of Mid-Year and End of Year Report marks will be used to determine the composition of the classes.

Year 10 B Band classes students will study:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Three option subjects

Students will complete NCEA Level 1 Standards in all compulsory subjects in Year 10. The aim is to set students up for NCEA examination success in Year 11 and beyond. The results will be reported formally to students when they sit a full Level 1 course in Year 11.

The Achievement Standards offered in Year 10 may not able to be repeated in Year 11. This puts an onus on each student to meet the expectations of the course. The NZQA Entry Fee will not be charged until the student is in Year 11. A combination of Mid-Year, End of Year examination and report marks will be used to determine the composition of the classes.

Year 10 C Band classes students will study:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Three option subjects

Students in all of these classes will find that NCEA Achievement Standards are available to them in some subjects. Where Achievement Standards are completed in Year 10, they will be reported in the students’ Year 11 NCEA examination results. Students in 10C3, 10C4 and 10C5 will also have learner support available to them for help in specific areas of need. This support will target the requirements for students to gain literacy and numeracy, when they complete Level 1 NCEA.

Entry into Year 11 courses

In Year 11, approximately 180 will take Cambridge courses and approximately 260 will take NCEA courses. Entry into the Cambridge and NCEA streams is determined by a combination of Mid-Year and End-of-Year examination results in Year 10, so it is important to study hard all year. Once accepted into either the Cambridge or NCEA pathway, most subjects are open entry. Even so, please bear in mind the following when choosing your Year 10 options:

You should take a course in Year 10 if you plan to continue with it in Year 11.

For more information, please talk to the teachers in charge of subjects, your Form Teachers, the Careers Advisor, the Deputy Headmaster of Year 10 (Mr S Young), the Deputy Headmaster in Charge of CIE (Mr A Van den Heuvel), the Deputy Headmaster in Charge of NCEA (Mr M Jackson) or the Junior House Deans.