ACADEMIC CURRICULUM

The curriculum offered at Taita College covers a wide variety of subjects accross the curriculum.

All subjects lead into further advanced teritiary or university studies.

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Junior Art

Year 9: The emphasis of this course is onlearning how art processes are developed through a range of creative techniques that can lead to design, composition and pictue making. Media covered are printmaking, collage, basic drawing processes and composition painting.

Year 10: This course is designed for students who wish to take art as an option subject because they enjoy it, or for those who intend to study art for NCEA Level 1 the following year. It involves the study of art in societies and cultures, including Maori and Pacific Island art. Students use knowledge gained and apply it to their own art works. A variety of materials, techniques and procedures are used, including observational drawing, painting, printmaking and design.

Art 101

Pre-Requisite: Y10 Art

This course is more intensive than Year 10 art. Most of the course will involve the completion of artworks using a variety of media, with a more in-depth approach. The course will also involve some research and writing about artists, which includes a study of Polynesian art as part of the research work.

This course is demanding and time consuming and students must have the capacity for steady work throughout the year and a genuine interest in art. Students must be prepared to spend considerable time doing regular homework to achieve the required quantity and quality of work. There will be completion times throughout the year for assessment of credits towards NCEA. There is opportunity for the development of work that does not directly relate to the course but contributes to the school or community enviroment, eg mural, sculpture, installation, film or moving images.

Assessment: Achievement Standards - Internal (18 credits) / External (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative industries

Art 201

Pre-Requisite: 12 credits in NCEA Level 1 Art

This course focuses on the art fields of painting, printmaking and design. The main emphasis is the use of drawing and how it can be applied to the production of design work or paintings. In painting, printmaking and design, students carry out a series of investigations into the practical application and processing of ideas and techniques, and the production of the design or painting solutions that follow this process. As with Level 1, a project can be undertaken that does not necessarily relate to the course requirements but benefit the school, community or individual.

Assessment: Achievement Standards - Internal (16 credits) / External (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative industries

Art 301 (PRACTICAL) (University Approved Domain

Pre-Requisite: 12 credits in NCEA Level 2 Art

This course involves the art fields of painting and design. This will be a natural progression from the work carried out in Year 12.

Students will be involved in the study of the work of contemporary designers, printmakers, sculptors and painters. They will learn how contemporary designers and painters use problem-solving techniques to develop art ideas and also how they use processes and procedures to create their artworks. This knowledge will be applied to their own artworks. Students at this level may undertake an exhibition, installation or project that does not necessarily relate to the chosen discipline.

Assessment: Internal (16 credits) / External (14 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative industries

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Automotive 201

Pre-Requisite: Open Entry

This entry-level programme gives you the fundamental skills for a career in the automotive repair industry. Students will learn about two and four stroke engines powered by both petrol and diesel, how the power is transmitted through the gear box onto the road. During term 2 students will spend a day each week at the Whitieia Skills Centre in Porirua and must be prepared to making a solid committment to attending as this is an integral part of the course is and is not optional.

Course Fee: $100 to cover the cost of materials, text books and practicals.
($50 refunded on satisfactory attendance at practicals)
Assessment: Unit Standards - 24 credits at Level2 and 5 credits at Level 1.
Varies slightly, depending on the credits offered by Whitirea).
Vocational Pathway(s): Manufacturing and Technology; Primary Industries

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Dance 101

Pre-Requisite: Y10 Music

Year 11 dance seeks to develop students’ practical dancing skills as well as their ability to critically respond to dance works. As part of this course students will learn about a range of dance genres including African Gumboot dance, Samoan Sasa and Hip Hop, as well as create their own dances from a range of choreographic briefs. They develop their skills in dance techniques, choreography and ensemble movement and are challenged to lift their creativity to a new level. In addition, this course will carry a cost of approximately $20.00 for travel to see a public performance. 8 of the credits in this course count towards NCEA Level 1 Literacy.

Assessment: Internal (16 credits) / External (8 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative industries

Dan 201

Pre-Requisite: 14 credits in Level 1 dance, or extensive experience in dance outside of school.

Dance 201 is an exciting and engaging course that further develops your creativity and potential in the world of dance. This course builds on from DAN101 and covers such topics as group and solo choreography, contemporary and lindy hop dance, exploration of dance genre and viewing dance performance. This course requires you to purchase an A4 unlined visual diary which you will use to record your work and thinking. You will also need a 20 page clearfile to store your assessment materials. This is compulsory. As part of the course you may have opportunities to view live dance performances. Any shows we go to off site will cost between $20 - $30 to pay for the tickets and transport. These trips are optional but highly encouraged because of their relevance and importance to the course.

Assessment: Achievement Standards - Internal (16 credits) / External (8 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative industries

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Junior Design & Visual Communication

Year 9 and 10: Graphics is the language of the eyes. Through this course students will learn a range of drawing skills to express, develop and communicate ideas. The areas that students will look at are architecture, engineering and media. Technical drawing and the process of design will be used to provide solutions to set design problems.

Design & Visual Communication 101

Pre-Requisite: Y10 Design & Visual Communication

Students develop skills gained in Year 10 and tackle further design problems based in the areas of graphics, technology, media and environment. Skills in freehand, formal and computer aided drawing techniques are included. Regular homework is necessary to achieve the required quantity and quality of work.

Assessment: Internal (15 credits) / External (6 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Architecture; Construction and Infrastructure; Engineering; Manufacturing and Technology; Creative Industries

Design & Visual Communication 201

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits in NCEA Level 1 Design & Visual Communication

One-year modular course dealing with Design Principles, Problem Solving, Modelling and Computer Graphics. The main elements are Architecture, Applied Engineering, Environmental Design, Computer Aided Draughting and Furniture Design.

Assessment: Internal (12 credits) / External (9 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Architecture; Construction and Infrastructure; Engineering; Manufacturing and Technology; Creative Industries

Design & Visual Communication 301

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits in NCEA Level 2 DVC

One year modular course that applies design principles, problem solving, modelling and graphics to the areas of environmental design, technological design and media design.

Assessment: Internal (14 credits) / External (10 credits)

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Computing for Beginners

Year 9: Computer skills are becoming more important in our ever-increasing technological world. The course teaches skills in acquiring and presenting information using application software, as well as understanding the basic operations and concepts in computing and problem solving. It is designed for students who have low computer confidence or little computer experience.

Year 10: Computers are the key to the information technology of tomorrow. Students will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of this through the creation of information to the retrieval of the same through the super highway. Using computer tools, they will learn such applications as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, communications and desktop/web publishing. Students will also learn about the effects of ICT on society and how ICT has changed through history.

Digital Technology 101

Pre-Requisite: A successful completion of Year 10 Digital Technology or DVC, or at discretion of the HOD

Students will learn how to communicate through the use of digital media and will learn about the design considerations for creating websites, as well as produce multipage publications using standards from the digital technology domain. Software applications used: Microsoft Office (Word, Publisher, Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and Photoshop, Illustrator. This course will appeal to creative, problem-solving students who enjoy design challenges.

Assessment: Internal/External (18 credits), Endorsement available

Vocational Pathway(s): Engineering; Information Technology; Manufacturing and Technology; Service and Creative Industries

Digital Technology 201

Pre-Requisite: 12+ credits from Year 11 Digital Technology, or at discretion of the HOD

Students will extend their skills to become advanced users and proficient digital citizens. Software applications used: Microsoft Office (Word, Publisher, Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and Photoshop, Illustrator. This course will appeal to creative, problem-solving students who enjoy designing for a range of different audiences.

Assessment: Internal/External (21credits) - endorsement available
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Engineering; Information Technology; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary and Creative Industries

Digital Technology 301

Pre-Requisite: 12+ credits in Level 2 Digital Technology, or at discretion of the HOD

This course is made up of achievement standards (additional unit standards may be offered to students to bridge any knowledge gaps). Students will further extend their skills to become advanced users and proficient digital citizens capable of producing professional outcomes. Software applications used: Microsoft Office (Word, Publisher, Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design, various coding tools. This course will appeal to students wanting to gain this qualification as part of their university entrance or develop strong digital media skills..

Assessment: Internal / External (20+ credits) - endorsement available

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Junior Drama

Year 9 and 10: In this course students will develop their ideas, practical knowledge, imagination, communication, and understanding of the performing arts. We will be working in the contexts of dance and drama. It is desirable that thi soption be studies in Year 9 if Drama is intended to be taken as an NCEA Level 1 subject..

Drama 101

Pre-Requisite: Open Entry, although Year 9 or Year 10 Performing Arts an advantage, or at the discretion of the TIC

Year 11 drama sees students step onto the public stage for the first time. They develop their skills in acting, devising and movement are challenged to lift their creativity to a new level. Assesmenrts will be a combination of in-class performances and a major production that is presented to a public audience. We will cover topics such as techniques of drama, devising and creating drama, performing in an acting role, study clowning, costume design and viewing live drama. In addition, this course will carry a cost of approximately $20-00 for travel to see a public performance. 18 credits in this course count towards NCEA Level 1 Literacy.

Assessment: Internal (18 credits) / External (8 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative Industries

Drama 201

Pre-Requisite: 12 credits at Level 1 Drama or 10 English credits and a merit in Level 1 English monologue, or at discretion of HOD

This course builds on skills gained in NCEA Level 1 Drama. It requires in and out of class time work and further develops students’ skills in devising, acting, responding and reflecting on theatre practice, effective communication and group responsibility. All senior students who take this course will be expected to perform or do a practical role in a major performance. This course also give students the chance to learn about different theatre forms and explore the work of a range of theatre practioners. In addition, there are some charges for travelling to see public performances. Students can gain 17 NCEA Level 2 reading and 8 writing credits from this course.

Assessment: Internal (18 credits) / External (8 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Creative Industries

Drama 301

Pre-Requisite: 12 credits at Level 2 Drama or 12 credits at Level 2 English, or at discretion of HOD

This course features the challenge of group performance, a major production and devised student works, all of which are showcased on stage in front of a public audience. Only dedicated students need apply. We will also explore the world of technical and management theatre production and students may gain performing arts technology credits for these assessments. In addition, this course will have some charges for travelling to see public performances. Students can gain 17 NCEA Level 2 reading and 8 writing credits from this course. Scholarship drama will be offered to those students who are academically capable of performing at this level.

Assessment: Internal (18 credits) / External (8 credits)

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Early Childhood 201

Pre-Requisite: NCEA Level 1 with at least 12 credits in English

Students will study towards the National Certificate in Early Childhood Level 3. Units of work are prepared and assessed by PORSE (early childhood education trainers). It is envisaged that students enrolling in this course will also be part of the Gateway programme as the units of work are based on practical experience. Numbers will be limited. Students are able to obtain both Level 2 and 3 credits in this course. NOTE: This course will be offered at the same time as Retailing. Students must choose either Retailing or Early Childhood.

Vocational Pathway(s): Social and Community Services

Early Childhood 301

Pre-Requisite: 12 credits at Level 1 Drama or 10 English credits and a merit in Level 1 English monologue, or at discretion of HOD

Students will study towards the National Certificate in Early Childhood Level 3. Units of work are prepared and assessed by PORSE (early childhood education trainers). Students enrolling in this course will also be part of the Gateway programme as the units of work are based on practical experience. It is a requirement of the course that students attend a placement in an early childhood centre one day per week. Numbers will be limited. Students are able to obtain both Level 2 and 3 credits in this course

Assessment: Level 2 and 3 credits are offered in this course
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative Industries

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Junior English

Year 9: More information Coming soon.

Year 10: More information Coming soon.

Pre-Requisite: Level 5 in creative and/or persuasive writing in Year 10 is advisable to succeed in this course

English and Culture examines texts through an indigenous lens and focuses on the key themes, subjects and values that are explored by indigenous peoples. It is intended that students will have a better understanding of what indigenous literature is and how it is relevant in a modern day context. The additional benefit of the course is that students at Taita College will be able to see themselves represented in literature and will find meaning and solutions to help them make decisions pertaining to them.
Note: Number of standards offered in this course will be finalised at the beginning of 2017.

Assessment: Internal (10 credits) / External (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Primary, Service and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: Level 5 in creative and/or persuasive writing in Year 10 is advisable to succeed in this course

This course focuses on texts that use sport as a central context. Over the year we aim to look at the power sport has within society. Mainly we look at how sport can inspire change, unify cultures and enable us to overcome challenges. As a class we look beyond sport as a game and examine the value it has within our world.
Note: Number of standards offered in this course will be finalised at the beginning of 2017

Assessment: Internal (10 credits) / External (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Primary, Service and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: Level 5 in creative and/or persuasive writing in Year 10 is advisable to succeed in this course

In English and the Greats we study classic texts that are essential studies for any English lover. The aim of the class is to study and identity what makes a text great and how they are still relevant and interesting to us today, from whatever walks of life we come from. We cover texts from as far back as 17th Century England to modern texts. Some authors we may study are William Shakespeare, Witi Ihimaera, Oscar Wilde, and John Green.
Note: Number of standards offered in this course will be finalised at the beginning of 2017

Assessment: Internal (10 credits) / External (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Primary, Service and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: Level 5 in creative and/or persuasive writing in Year 10 is advisable to succeed in this course

This course will challenge students to understand the constructed nature of media representations and how that might influence their own beliefs about themselves and others. The texts studied in this class will encourage students to question the media and not just take it at face value. The course focuses on a range of different ideas in relation to the media. We will look at the falseness of reality television, the degree of influence the media has on shaping thought and how we play a part in the downfall of celebrities.
Note: Number of standards offered in this course will be finalised at the beginning of 2017

Assessment: Internal (10 credits) / External (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Primary, Service and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: Based on the recommendation of the HOD

English for Life is for students who need to consolidate their reading and writing skills. The focus is on using English in the workplace and credits are offered for skills in writing formal personal correspondence, workplace requirements and filling in forms. Over the course of the year, students complete three portfolios of speaking, reading and writing assessments and the successful completion of these portfolios gives the students 10 credits and Level 1 literacy. In Term 3 students study short written texts and a visual text. Depending on their ability, students may be able to do credits in achievement standards during the second half of the year.

Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Primary, Service and Creative Industries

Compulsory for Year 12 students not taking Alternative English or Level 1 English.

Pre-Requisite: 14 credits in NCEA Level 1 English, including either AS90052 (Creative Writing), or AS9005 (Formal writing), or 12 credits by external examination.

The course continues to develop the skills obtained at Level 1. There is a strong emphasis placed on reading and writing skills, speaking and dramatic performance, critical thinking, language analysis, and research and literature study. This course is compulsory for those intending to study the next level of English at Year 13. Those students in Year 12 who have not gained entry into a full Level 2 class are required to undertake a programme that allows them to gain more Level 1 credits and, where appropriate, advance some to Level 2.

Assessment: Internal (9 credits) / External (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Primary, Service and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

(Alternative English)

Pre-Requisite: Based on the recommendation of the HOD.

This course is for those students who have gained some credits at Level 1 but not enough to gain entry to Level 2. Opportunity will be given to gain the Level 1 credits and, where appropriate, Level 2 credits in standards the student gained in the previous year. This course will run for 2 years, with the focus being University Entrance litracy by the conclusion of the two years.

Assessment: Internal - students will run on individual programmes, completing the standards they need to achieve UE literacy. External - opportunity of 4 credits externally are possible.
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary, Service and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

(Alternative English - Level 1) - see English for Life Level 1

Pre-Requisite: Based on the recommendation of the HOD. Completion of English for Life in Year 11.

This course continues to develop essential English communication skills. These include reading, writing, speaking, viewing, and form filling. The course will support students still aimimg to achieve literacy at Level 4 endorsement, whilst also providing a variety of unit standards and achievement standards at Level 1.

Assessment: Internal - this includes 10 credits for endorsement of literacy at Level 4. Students will be expected to work on standards that challenge where they are currently.
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary, Service and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

English 301 (University Approved Domain

Pre-Requisite: 14 credits in NCEA Level 2 English or 12 credits in NCEA external examination. Candidates need to be proficient in the writing standards from Level 2

This course continues to build on the Year 12 course. It includes the production of a writing portfolio, the critical response to a number of literature texts (both internally and externally assessed) including Shakespeare, and the understanding of unseen passages. It is the course that leads to university study.

Assessment: Internal (14 credits) / External (12 credits)

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Fashion Technology 101

Pre-Requisite: Open entry with an interest in fashion design

Using good technological practice, students will make a garment giving it unique design features. Students must have good independent research skills, be good at problem solving and in finding creative solutions to problems. Students will complete 3D prototypes and garments together with portfolios detailing the work completed throughout the year. This course is a combination of written, design and 3D work.

Assessment: Internal (12 credits) / External (6 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology

Fashion Technology 201

Pre-Requisite: 10 credits at NCEA Level 1

Following on from Level 1 and using the same skills, students will design and create a garment which will be more complex and incorporate detailed features. Using good technological practice, students will complete 3D prototypes and garments together with portfolios detailing work completed throughout the year. This course is a combination of written, design and 3D work.

Assessment: Internal (16 credits) / External (4 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Service and Creative Industries

Fashion Technology 301 (University Approved Domain

Pre-Requisite: NCEA Level 1 with at least 12 credits in English

Following on from Level 2 and using the same skills, students will design and create an item/garment which will fully functional and proved fit for the purpose for which it was designed. Using good technological practice students will complete 3D prototypes and items/garments together with portfolios detailing the work completed throughout the year. The course is a combination of written, design and 3D work.

Assessment: Internal (12 credits) / External (4 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Service and Creative Industries

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Junior Food, Nutrition & Technology

Year 9: This course covers an aspect of the Technology curriculum and the Food and Nutrition component of the Health/PE curriculum. Students develop knowledge in a range of topics. They are encouraged to extend ideas and skills and be creative. Students will be assessed to determine their growth in knowledge and skills and personal development throughout the course. Each unit consists of theory and practical work. Fee $25.00

Year 10: This is a full year course that includes aspects from both the Technology and Food and Nutrition components of the Health and Physical Education curriculum. Students develop knowledge and practical skills in a range of topics, with a textile/craft design unit towards the end of the course. Students are encouraged to be creative. Students will be assessed to determine their growth in knowledge and skills and personal development throughout the course.

Pre-Requisite: Y10 Junior Food, Nutrition & Technology or at discretion of the HOD

This course will contain the knowledge and skills required to plan, select and prepare food for the adolescent to meet the National Nutritional Guidelines. Nutrition and technology, food hygiene and safety, culture and foods, exploring technological developments, applying the decision making process for food choices, and impact on well-being/hauora are also studied. Each unit involves a number of theory assessments. There is a course fee to cover the cost of ingredients.

There is a course fee to cover the cost of ingredients.

Assessment: Internal (15 credits) / External (5 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Food Technology; Service Industries; Social and Community Services

Pre-Requisite: Open Entry

This course is made up of Level 1 Standards. Students will study food hygiene and food safety, preparation and presentation of food from a wide range of standards.

Course Fee: $35-00 (to cover the cost of ingrediants).

Assessment: Each unit consists of a number of written and practical assessments. Students need to achieve both parts of the assessment to gain credits for the unit. Up to 20 credits offered
Vocational Pathway(s): Service Industries

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits NCEA Level 1

This course will cover a range of topics such as nutritional issues, historical aspects of New Zealand food, sustainable food related practices and technological developments and health promoting strategies to address nutritional issues.

Course Fee: $35-00 (to cover the cost of ingrediants).
Assessment: Internal (15 credits) / External (5 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Food Technologies; Service Industries; Social and Community Services

Pre-Requisite: 10 credits from Hospitality Year 1, or at discretion of the HOD

This course is made up of a number of Level 2 standards on food and presentation. Each unit consists of a number of written assessments and practical assessments. Students need to achieve both parts of the assessment to gain credits for the unit towards NCEA Level 2.

Course Fee: $35-00 (to cover the cost of ingrediants).

Assessment: Up to 20 credits offered
Vocational Pathway(s): Service Industries

Food & Nutrition 301

Pre-Requisite: 16 credits from NCEA Level 2 with 4 credits from Achievement Standard 2.1

This course will cover a range of topics such as food and lifestyles, food for special occasions, altered food needs, and nutritional health issues in New Zealand.

Course Fee: $30-00
Assessment: Internal (15 credits) / External (4 credits)

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Gateway

Pre-Requisite: Letter of application and interview; excellent attendance

Gateway is a special work-based learning programme which enables senior students to participate in structured workplace learning. Your school-based studies will link in with your gateway studies and you will be trained and assessed in the workplace.

Students will be at a workplace for one day per week, and this participation will provide students with the opportunity to gain qualifications in school, and in the workplace.

Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary, Service and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

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Junior Mathematics

Year 9: More information Coming soon.

Year 10: More information Coming soon.

Pre-Requisite: Level 5 in Y10 Mathematics is advisable (over 40% in the Year 10 examination)

This achievement standards course enables students to develop an all-round knowledge of mathematics, but with a slight emphasis on skills needed to progress through to the Statistics & Modelling course in Year 13. The majority of the topics are internally assessed with only one of the statistics topics being assessed externally at the end of the year. Topics covered include number, algebra, measurement, geometry, statistics and probability. This course is a pre-requisite for the MAT201 course in Year 12, but entry to the MAT202 course may be possible for highly successful students

Assessment: Internal (up to 21 credits) / External (4 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technologt; Primary, Service and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: Level 5 in Y10 Mathematics is advisable (over 60% in the Year 10 examination)

This achievement standards course enables students to develop a solid knowledge of mathematics, enabling them to take either the Mathematics with Calculus course or the Statistics & Modelling course in Year 13. Three of the achievement standards (algebra, geometry and statistics) will be assessed externally at the end of the year. The other six standards are assessed internally. Topics covered include number, algebra, geometry, measurement, statistics and probability. This course is a pre-requisite for the MAT202 course in Year 12, but students will also be allowed to change to the MAT201 course.

Assessment: Internal (13 credits) / External (11 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: Open Entry

This course is designed to give students more time to gain confidence in their mathematical ability at NCEA Level 1. Each achievement standard is covered in more detail and over a longer period of time, allowing students to gain a better understanding of them before being assessed. Topics covered in this course are: Pythagoras and trigonometry, number, measurement and multivariate statistical analysis. Students from this course will proceed into MAT104 (Level 1 standards) in the following year.

Assessment: Internal (up to 17 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Primary and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: Low Numeracy Credits

This course enables students who did not gain numeracy in Year 11 to gain numeracy before the end of Year 12 and also gain credits in financial literacy. The topics covered will depend on the students in the class, but will generally involve at least one statistics achievement standard The financial literacy achievement standards will be at Level 1 and Level 2 and cover personal finances and effective money management.

Students who are identified as being at risk of not achieving numeracy in Level 1 may be put into this course.

Assessment: Internal (15 credits)

Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: 14 credits from NCEA Level 1 Mathematics Achievement Standards. This course is recommended for students who did not meet the criteria for the MAT202, or students who completed the MAT103 with 14 credits or more.

This is a full Level 2 mathematics course that prepares students with the skills required to successfully attempt the Level 3 Mathematics with Statistics & Modelling course in the following year. Topics covered are trigonometry, algebra, co-ordinate geometry, networks, probability and stimulation. Only one of the achievement standards is assessed externally at the end of the year (probability). Students in this course will not be able to do Level 3 Calculus in the following year.

Assessment: (18 credits) / External (4 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: 18 credits at NCEA Level 1 with merit or better in at least two of Algebra (91027), Graphs (91028), Trigonometry (91031 or 91032)

This is the complete Level 2 mathematics course divided into 8 achievements standards, three of which are assessed externally. The areas of study are algebra, introduction to calculus, coordinate geometry, graphs, probability, sequences, networks, trigonometry and systems of equations. Successful completion of this course will allow students to do either Level 3 Calculus or Statistics & Modelling.

Those wishing to do Calculus in Year 13 must do this course.

Assessment: Internal (13 credits) / External (13 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary and Creative Industries

This course continues on from MAT103 to give students more time to gain confidence in their mathematical ability at NCEA Level 1.

Each achievement standard is covered in more detail and over a longer period of time, allowing students to gain a better understanding of them before being assessed. Topics covered in this course are: Bivariate data analysis, linear algebra, transformation geometry and probability

Students who successfully complete this course may be able to proceed into MAT201 in the following year (at the discretion of the HOD)

Assessment: Internal (15 credits)

(University Approved Domain)

Pre-Requisite: 16 credits from NCEA Level 2 Mathematics with Merit in at least two of AS91261 (Algebra), AS91257 (Graphs) and AS91262 (Calculus) and AS91259 (Trigonometry).

The course is divided into six standards, three of these are internally assessed and three are externally assessed at the end of the year. The areas of study are differentiation, integration and differential equations, complex numbers, graphs and conic sections, and triginometry. This course is particuly recomended to those who wish to study mathematics at tertiary level.

Assessment: (9 credits) / External (17 credits)

(University Approved Domain)

Pre-Requisite: 12 credits at NCEA Level 2 Mathematics

The course is divided into seven standards, of which five are internally assessed and two are externally assessed at the end of the year. The areas of study are Time Series, Critical Path Analysis,Confidence Intervals, Probability, Linear Equations, Bivariate Data Analysisand systems of equations.

This course highlights applications of mathematics and requires students to model real life situations.

Assessment: (12 credits) / External (12 credits)

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Junior Music

Year 9: All students are encouraged to read and wrute music while in the Taita College Music Department. Students begin a two-term programme by investigating rhythm and notation, as well as investigating a popular musician. These skills are important at Year 9 level as they promote a foundation of written and visual understanding of music, as well as an insight into the cultural context of music.
As a class we investigate the look and sound of a multitude of instruments in film music. As part of the course, all students learn the basics of playing guitar and keyboard. Itinerant guitar, keyboard, vocal and wood wind lessons are available for students who wish to pursue an instrument further.

Year 10: An intense course that focuses closely on performance, composition, the study of musical works and theory in preparation for Level 1 NCEA in 2008. Students must take tuition in an instrument of their choice and private practice out of class time is essential. Entry to this course is at the teacher’s discretion.

Music 101

Pre-Requisite: Year 10 Music or at discretion of TIC Music through a practical audition. Students must have shown development in learning an instrument through itinerant or private lessons in previous years. All senior music students must be involved in an extra-curricular music group. This is to ensure that they meet the NCEA assessment criteria for group performance. (NOTE: Voice is an instrument.)

This course comprises solo performance, group performance, composition, sound technology, music works and core analysis. To complete the composition and score analysis elements of the course students must be willing to read and notate music. It is expected that all students will practice their chosen instrument outside of class time as their regular homework and attend rehearsals weekly for their chosen extra-curricular group. Music Works is worth 6 literacy credits.

Students are expected to have been taking itinerant lessons for at least two years to be at the required standard for Level 1.

This course incurs a cost for itinerant lessons of $50.00 for the year, or $100.00 for hiring of an instrument. A stationery fee of $15.00 includes pencils, manuscript and books necessary to complete the course requirements.

Assessment: Internal 16 credits minimum
Vocational Pathway(s): Creative Industries

Music 201

Pre-Requisite: 16 credits at NCEA Level 1 Music or at the discretion of TIC Music through a practical audition. Students must have shown interest and development in learning an instrument through itinerant or private lessons in previous years. All senior music students must be involved in an extra-curricular music group. This is to ensure that they meet the NCEA assessment criteria for group performance. (Note: Voice is an instrument.)

This course comprises composition, solo performance, group performance, instrumentation and research. Students who have shown ability and performance strength may take a second instrument. To complete the composition and instrumentation elements of the course, students must be willing to read and notate music. Students are expected to have been taking itinerant lessons for at least three years to be at the required standard for Level 2.

This course incurs a cost for itinerant lessons of $50.00 for the year, or $100.00 for lessons and hiring of an instrument. A stationery fee of $15.00 includes pencils, manuscript and books necessary to complete the course requirements.

Assessment: (20 credits) / External (4 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Creative Industries

Music 301 (University Approved Domain

Pre-Requisite: 16 credits at NCEA Level 2 Music or at the discretion of TIC Music through a practical audition. Students must have shown interest and development in learning an instrument through itinerant or private lessons in previous years. All senior music students must be involved in an extra-curricular music group. This is to ensure that they meet the NCEA assessment criteria for group performance. (NOTE: Voice is an instrument)

This course comprises composition, solo performance, group performance and research. Students who have shown a great passion and ability may choose a research topic to investigate or a second instrument. To complete the composition elements of the course, students must be willing to read and notate music. Students are expected to have taken itinerant lessons for at least four years to be at the required standard for Level 3.

This course incurs a cost for itinerant lessons of $50.00 for the year, or $100.00 for lessons and hiring of an instrument.

Assessment: The minimum assessment expectation is research, music works and group performance, and either solo performance or composition (22 credits)

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Photography 201

Pre-Requisite: Interested and able students who have an interest in photography should seek approval from the TIC

This course will enable students to develop their skills using a range of photographic conventions. Students will research artists’ work and apply their ideas to their own work. They will develop artwork in response to their own interests and selected artist models,

Course Cost: Approximately $60 for personal art stationery and class projects fee. In addition, students will need access to a digital camera/phone. Students should request further information before purchasing cameras/phones.

Assessment: External (12 credits) / Internal (8 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Creative Industries

Photography 301

Pre-Requisite: Interested and able students who have an interest in photography should seek approval from the TIC

Students will develop their own skills and ideas through experimentation and practise using examples of work from established practice and contemporary photographers. Gradually, students will be given the opportunity to develop their own programme.

Course Cost: Approximately $90 for personal art stationery and class projects fee. In addition, students will need access to a digital camera/phone. Students should request further information before purchasing cameras/phones.

Assessment: External (14 credits) / Internal (8 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Creative Industries

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Junior Physical Education

Year 9: More information Coming soon.

Year 10: More information Coming soon.

Pre-Requisite: Open Entry

This course has been designed to engage students in a physical education and health program that enhances their well-being (hauora) and makes a significant contribution to their achievement in level 1

Students will participate in a range of physical activities with content that includes: (but is not limited to) interpersonal skills, specific to working within a group environment; reflective writing; personal fitness (training towards & completion of a 4km run); safety management and social responsibility.

Taita College PE uniform is compulsory.

Course Fee: 440
Assessment: Internal - written and practical (15 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Creative and Service Industries; Social and Community Services

Pre-Requisite: Entry at the discretion of the HoD

Students who have enjoyed PE and Health in Years 9 and 10 and may be looking to take physical education through to Year 13 or pursue tertiary education or a career in Physical education, health and/or sport should be selecting this course at Year 11.

The course covers content relating to anatomy, physiology and biomechanics; interpersonal skills; social responsibility in physical activity; safety management; and performance in a 4km run.

Students participate in a number of physical activities and through effective and crafted writing, relate this to their overall health and well-being (hauroa). High levels of personal and social responsibility as well as commitment to physical fitness and theory are the prerequisities of this course.

Taita College PE uniform is compulsory.

Course Fee: $40
Assessment: 20+ credits
Vocational Pathway(s): Creative and Service Industries; Social and Community Services

Pre-Requisite: 15 Level 1 PE and/or Health credits from either PED101 or 102

This is a predominantly unit standards based course designed to get students participating in various sporting and outdoor activities. This is balanced with theory work surrounding these credits to understand how we perform as a team and as individuals. Students will participate in adventure-based learning activities, outdoor activities (high and low ropes) and demonstrate performance in a 7km run.

Credits in this course make a significant contribution towards NCEA Level 2 but an endorsement in Level 2 PE cannot be obtained in this course,

The $85.00 subject fee is a compulsory requirement of this course as it goes towards the outdoor education standards that are delivered by external providers. Students should not choose this PED201 course if they are unable to make this commitment. The due date for the course fee is the end of Term 1.

Taita College PE uniform is compulsory.

Course fee: $85
Assessment: Internal + External Health Achievement Standard (up to 17 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Creative and Service Industries

Pre-Requisite: 18 credits in NCEA Level 1 PE (including Achievement Standard 1.2) or at the discretion of the HOD

Students who wish to take Level 3 PE (Year 13) must have taken PED202. The focus of this course is of developing the student's background knowledge and understanding of the theory and principles of physical education, while providing opportunities for personal and social development through activities which require individual endeavour and interaction with others. A high level of personal and social responsibility is needed to succeed in this course.

The course covers the following units: functional anatomy and physiology, sports education, leadership and communication, fitness studies, issues in physical education, biomechanics, and motor skill learning.

Taita College PE uniform is compulsory.

NCEA Level 2 Study Guide - to be purchased through the school at a cost of $25.00 + course fee of $25.00 to be paid by the end of Term 1

Course fee: $80 (to be paid by the end of Term 1)
Assessment: Internal (up to 20 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Creative and Service Industries; Social and Community Services

Pre-Requisite:
From PED202 - Achievement Standards 2.4 (7km run) and 2.2 (Biomechanics)
From PED202 - 16 Level 2 credits including Achievement Standard 2.4 (7km run)

Students wishing to take this course will have demonstrated a commitment to learning in this subject during their senior years and will be looking towards either tertiary study or a career in this field. PED321 builds on knowledge and application of prior learning from level a and 2. A signifcant chunk of this course is dedicated to planing executing and evaluating a personal physical training programme that will prepare them for success in a 10km running event. Students must have a level of fitness that allows them to undertake the training for this course. Achievement in the 7km run from level 2 is sifficient. High levels of self-management, motivation, personal responsibility and strong interpersonal skills are very basic fundamentals of being successful in this course.

Taita College PE uniform is compulsory.

Course fee: $100
Assessment: 20 Credits

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits from PED 202 or 201, or at discretion of HOD

Students will build on and apply the knowledge gained from Level 2 standards to plan and execute a personal physical training programme that will prepare them for success in a triathlon. They will critically examine skill learning, body image, media and other societal influences impacting on physical activity. High levels of self-management, motivation, personal responsibility and strong interpersonal skills are the very basic fundamentals of being successful in this course

Students will be involved in the study of the work of contemporary designers and painters. They will learn how contemporary designers and painters use problem-solving techniques to develop art ideas and also how they use processes and procedures to create their artworks. This knowledge will be applied to their own artworks.

Taita College PE uniform is compulsory.

NCEA Level 2 Study Guide - to be purchased through the school at a cost of $25.00 + course fee of $25.00 to be paid by the end of Term 1

Course fee: $80 (to be paid by the end of Term 1)
Assessment: Internal (up to 20 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Creative and Service Industries; Social and Community Services

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Junior Product Design Technology

Year 9 and 10: Using materials such as wood, metal and plastics, students will learn to design and make working full scale models and smaller scale mock-ups to solve problems. They will learn how to use hand tools and machines for the shaping of wood and metal and about industrial production processes and how they affect the environment.

Product Design Technology 101

Pre-Requisite: This course is open to anyone interested in a career in any of the following areas:Desin, Building or Engineering. Students who studies Product Design in Year 10 will have a head start.

The course is a mixture of Unit Standards and Achievement Standards, which meanswe can accommodate everyone's needs, Whether you want to be a designer, engineer or tradesman, this course will provide a good foundation to your studies. Typically you will get to use a wide range of tools, equipment and materials, including lathes, welders and power and hand tools. You will also learn the international language of designers, engineers and craftsmen through the media of sketching and making notes. To complete this course you must be willing to do some work away from the workshop in your own time.

Course Fee: $30.00 (to cover the cost of materials)

Course Fee: $30.00 (to cover the cost of materials)
Assessment: Internal (17 credits plus 12 towards Level 2)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Engineering; Primary Industries

Product Design Technology 201

Pre-Requisite: 12 credits from Level 1 Product Design Technolog

The course covers skills in communication, literacy, maths, quality standards, workshop procedures, freehand sketching, job specifications, health and safety, materials knowledge (including timber, metal, plastic, glass and rubber), hand tools, power tools operating fixed machinery, and designing and testing products. The course is made up of unit standards and achievement standards to accommodate everyone's needs.

Course Fee: $30.00 (to cover the cost of materials)

Assessment: 20 credits at Level 2
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Engineering; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary and Creative Industries

Product Design Technology 301 (University Approved Domain)

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits from Level 2 Product Design Technology

A range of units are available that will enable you to either study engineering generally or, if you have a particular path in mind, to specialise in a specific discipline. The course has been designed to accurately reflect the priorities in an industrial situation. The course consists of achievement standards, all of which are highly significant and important in todays world of work. These are: Brief Development, Project Planning and Management, Research and Design and production of a prototype.

This is a very full course and participants must be prepared to complete work outside the classroom to meet deadlines.

Course Fee: $30.00 (to cover the cost of materials)

Assessment: 20 credits at Level 3

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Retailing 231

This qualification is a nationally recognised qualification within the retailing industry

Pre-Requisite: Competency in English and Maths, an interest in the retail industry, and part time work in retail

The course has been developed by WelTec. It is suitable for students who wish to develop an understanding of the world of retailing. The modules studied cover customer service, stock control, financial management, consumerism, communication skills, and a project which explores product knowledge. Students will be placed in a retail work placement one day per week.

NOTE: This course will be offered at the same time as Early Childhood. Students must choose either Retailing or Early Childhood.

Vocational Pathway(s): Service Industries

Retailing 301 (These retailing courses are nationally recognised within the retailing industry)

Pre-Requisite: Competency in English and Mathematics, an interest in the retail industry or part time work in retail. This is an ideal follow-on from the Red Shirts Programme.

The course has been developed by WelTec. It is suitable for students who wish to develop an understanding of the world of retailing. The modules studied cover customer service, stock control, financial management, consumerism, communication skills, and a project which explores product knowledge. It is a requirement of the course that students attend a retail work placement one day per week.

Note: This course will be offered at the same time as Early Childhood. Students must choose either Retailing or Early Childhood.

Assessment: Internal credits

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Junior Science

Year 9: More information Coming soon.

Year 10: More information Coming soon.

Pre-Requisite: Achieving Level 5 consistently in Y10 or by negotiation with HOD

Biology: Micro-organisms, Genetics
Chemistry: Metals
Physics: Astronomical Cycles, Mechanics Waves

Assessment: Internal (12 credits) / External (8 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: Achieving Level 5 consistently in Year 10 or by negotiation with HOD

This is course is designed to prepare students for continuing with biology, earth and space science, and physics in Year 12.

Biology: Micro-organisms, Genetics
Chemistry: Acids and Bases, Metals (additional if time)
Physics: Mechanics, Astronomical Cycles, Waves (additional if time)

Assessment: Internal (13 credits) / External (11 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Primary and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits in NCEA Level 1 Science and 8 credits in NCEA Level 1 English; Pass in Achievement Standard 90948

Biology is the study of life. It involves investigating the variety and complexity of living organisms. This study helps us appreciate how humans and other organisms live. We need a knowledge of the living world to understand the impact of human activities and to make informed decisions on biological issues which affect our environment. Topics covered include: Animal and Plant Forms and Functions, Ecology, Genetics and Evolution, Cell Biology, Applied Biology.

Assessment: Internal (10 credits) / External (8 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Primary Industries; Social and Community Services

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits in NCEA Level 1 Science including one external in science at Year 11, or by discussion with HOD

Chemistry is the study of how substances are made and how they react together. Year 12 is a practically-based course demanding a high level of skill and understanding. Topics covered include: atomic structure and bonding, analytical chemistry - identifying ions, Reactions with Heat and Electrical Changes, Reversible Reactions, Organic Chemistry and Plastics.

Assessment: Internal (10 credits) / External (13 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Primary and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits in NCEA Level 1 Science; Pass in Achievement Standard 90944 (Acids and Bases)

This course is designed to cater for students who wish to study earth and space, their features, make-up and processes that occur within and beyond the earth. The course will involve practical field trips that complement theoretical investigations. Topics covered include New Zealand geological processes, extreme earth events, hydrothermal vents, oceans, New Zealand earthquakes, volcanoes, tsumani, and a practical investigation.

Assessment: Assessment: Internal (16 credits) / External (4 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Social and Community Services

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits in NCEA Level 1 Science and 8 credits in Mathematics (including AS 90147 Algebra); Pass in Achievement Standard 90940 (Mechanics)

This course is concerned with building on the scientific skills introduced in Year 11. Students will work to improve both their problem solving and practical skills in the context of understanding the world around them. Topics covered include: motion and forces, waves and light, electrcity and magnetisim, atomic physics.

Topics covered include: Motion and Forces, Waves and Light, Electricity and Magnetism, Atomic Physics.

Assessment: Internal (7 credits) / External (16 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary and Creative industries

Pre-Requisite: 12 credits in NCEA Level 1 Science

This course is designed to cater for students who do not wish to specialise, but wish to broaden their scientific knowledge with a view to continuing study at a tertiary level. It covers a variety of topics which will include biology, chemistry, physics, and earth and space science

Assessment: Internal (up to 16 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits in NCEA Level 2 Biology

Animal Behaviours, plant responses, human evolution, genetics and evolution, practical biology and homeostasis.

Assessment: Internal (7 credits) / External (13 credits)

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits in NCEA Level 2 Chemistry

Atomic Structures and Bonding, Inorganic Chemistry, Energetics of Chemical and Physical Processes, Chemical Equilibrium, Oxidation - Reduction Reactions, Organic Chemistry.

Assessment: Internal (10 credits) / External (10 credits)

(University Approved Domain)

Pre-Requisite: 12 credits in any NCEA Level 2 Science Subject

This course is designed to cater for students who do not wish to specilaise, but wish to broaden their scientific knowledge with a view to continuing study at tertiary level. It covers a variety of topics which will include biology, chemistry, physics and earth and space science.

Assessment: Internal (16 credits)

(University Approved Domain)

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits in NCEA Level 2 Physics

This is a high level course which gives a sound general basis for further study in any science or technical subject. This course covers mechanics, waves, electrcity and electromagnetism, atomic and nuclear physics.

Assessment: Internal (7 credits) / External (16 credits)

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Junior Social Studies

Year 9: More information Coming soon.

Year 10: More information Coming soon.

Pre-Requisite: Achieving a good level of success in Y10 Social Studies

Geography includes some of the following:

  1. The study of earthquakes (like Christchurch) and tsunamis in Japan and the Indian Ocean.
  2. Tourism in the Indian Ocean country of the Maldives.
  3. Students carry out research near the school relating to the Wellington faultline.
  4. Internet and social websites like Facebook and the problems they cause.
  5. How New Zealanders are ruining large areas of New Zealand and destroying our ‘100% Pure’ image overseas.

The course is a minimum of 24 to 30 credits. More than half the credits are internally assessed. At the end of the year, NCEA examinations provide the opportunity to gain more credits. The subject involves becoming skillful with some good, practical, everyday useful things like map reading, simple mathematics, problem solving and investigations through field work and learning to see issues, problems and solutions to many things that affect us, New Zealand and the world today.

Assessment: Internal / External (24-30 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Primary, Service and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: Level 5 in Y10 Social Studies

This course is an introduction to 20th Century world history. You will learn about some big ideas that have shaped the last 100 years, including international relations and social change. Films illustrating these themes are viewed. Internal assessments include research into a major event from this era and Pacific Studies. Other achievement standards interpret cartoons and posters, others are short answers, and one essay.

Three topics from the following selection are studied:

New Zealand'sand Protests: Bastion Point, the Land March, the Springbok tour, the anti-nuclear movement and the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior, New Zealand's opposition to the Vietnam War, Black Civil Rights in the USA - Martin Luther King, Malcolm X. Irish History, Gallipoli and Pacific Studies are research topics also offered.

Careers such as journalism, law, library or museum work, diplomatic corps, government jobs and researcher are supported by this subject.

Assessment: Internal (16 credits) / External (8 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative Industries, Social and Community Services

Pre-Requisite: Entry will be at the discretion of the HoD

Integrated Studies is a blend of geography, history and senior social studies. History topics include Black Civil Rights in the USA and the 1981 Springbok Tour. Geography includes studying the Maldives and sustainable tourisim. Pasifika Studies are also included.

This subject will particularly appeal to students who have enjoyed Social Studies in Years 9 & 10. This course will study a range of events from around the world, focusing on internal, rather than external, assessment (meaning no end of year NCEA examination).

Assessment: Internal (16+ credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative Industries; Social and Community

Pre-Requisite: 20 credits in NCEA Level 1 are preferred but 15 may be acceptable at the discretion of the HOD. Success in the examinations is considered desirable and these students are given priority acceptance into this course.

The internally assessed work, which forms the majority of the 24 credits available to students, will include a research field trip over four days in the Tongariro-Mt Ruapehu area. This includes the challenging Mt Tongariro Crossing where students will get to experience first-hand the amazing volcanic landscape. Our urban settlement case study is CSI: Chicago and focuses on patterns of crime in this busy city. Other internal assessments include the study of global issues such as HIV/AIDS and Affluenza.

External Assessment: Natural landscapes focusing on Tongariro National Park and geography skills (including map work, simple mathematics and problem solving) are part of the examinations at the end of the year.
NB: It is desirable that students participate in field trips.

Assessment: A combination of internal and external assessments up to 24 credits.
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: 16 credits in NCEA Level 1, or can be taken for the first time at this level at the discretion of the HOD, and with evidence of credits passed in other relevant subjects

Internal assessment includes a research assignment and a written report on that research. Students will also study perspectives on a given event. There is emphasis on students choosing their own research topics such as the Mau, German Samoa, Treaty of Waitangi and Parihaka. Other.

There are a range of resources used to study history. These include films, cartoons, posters and text. A Vietnam trip is being planned for 2016. A Pacific Studies unit is also available in this course.

Careers such as journalism, law, library or museum work, diplomatic corps, government jobs and researcher are supported by this subject.

Assessment: Internal (19 credits) / External (10 credits)

Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative Industries; Social and Community

Pre-Requisite: Entry will be at the discretion of the HOD and students will need to show success at Level 1

This course is a mixture of history, Pacific studies and tourism. This course if largely individualised - students can choose their own topics and work at their own pace.

Assessment: It is largely computer-based and all assessments are internally assessed, while extra assessments can be added as required. There are no external NCEA examinations to sit at the end of the year.

Internal(10-30 credits) based on the student’s motivation and work output.

Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative Industries

(University Approved Domain)

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits at NCEA Level 2 (or at the discretion of the HOD) in Geography or some other suitable subject studied at Level 2

Geographers at this level study topics from the following:

  1. The tourist industry in Rotorua. (There is a four day field trip to the volcanic and historical areas of the North Island (Rotorua and Waihi) which has credits and assessments tied into the work of the trip.)
  2. The natural environment of the Hutt Valley and Wellington area – its faultlines, earthquake history and forces that continue to shake, rattle, roll and shape this area. We will also study the Hutt River which is the most dangerous natural hazard on our city.
  3. Human trafficking – the second largest, globally lucrative, criminal activity (behind the drug trade).
  4. Blood Diamonds – the issues and problems of diamond mining around the world.
  5. Skills and Concepts – important to use the resources available to investigative geographers.

NB: it is advisable that students participate in field work and studies that require them to go on an amazing trip with the history students to Rotorua and Coromandel.

Assessment: A combination of internal and external assessments of between 20 and 30 credits, depending on the number of standards required by students.

(University Approved Domain)

Pre-Requisite: 14 credits in NCEA Level 2 History or 14 credits in Level 2 English

Internal assessment includes a research assignment and a written report on that research. Students will also study perspectives on a given event. There is emphasis on students choosing their own research topics such as the Mau, German Samoa, Treaty of Waitangi, and Parihaka. Homosexual Law Reform, Mussolini, and women gaining the vote are also topics chosen by some students. Topic choice will be decided at the beginning of the year.

This course also introduces the history of New Zealand in the 19th Century and will look at how attutudes towards men and women were formed from colonial experience. It will also look at how we became the first country to give women the vote.

We visit various research venues and offer several field trips in Wellington. It is especially suitable for students interested in current events wanting to participate knowledgeably and objectively to debates in New Zealand society. A Pacific Studies unit is also available in this course.

Assessment: Internal (20 credits) / External (10 credits)

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Junior Te Reo Maori

Year 9 and 10: He tāonga whakahirahira motuhake te reo Māori me ōna tikanga ki tēnei motu, a, kei a ia ngā tini hua mō ngā momo mahi katoa, waihoki, kei te tipu mai tona mana. Ko te tūāpapa o te reo e whakaakongia atu ki te hunga e hiahia ana ki te whai māramatanga ki te reo me ngā tikanga Māori. Kāore he here o tēnei akoranga, heoi he mea waiwai ki te eke te tangata ki te taumata o te NCEA

The Māori language and culture are unique New Zealand treasures that offer opportunities in many careers in our country and are growing in importance. We offer students the opportunity to learn the foundations of the language and an understanding of the culture and customs. Prior knowledge is not a requirement. This course is essential if intended to be taken as an NCEA Level 1.

Te Reo Maori 101

All credits are literacy credits and can go towards UE literacy

Pre-Requisite: Year 10 Maori (examination results) or interview with the HOD

To develop the language skills of reading and writing, listening and speaking in Te Reo Māori to Level 6 & 7 of the curriculum. Students will express their language abilities through a range of modes, drawing on personal experiences.

Assessment: Three internal assessment standards for the listening, writing and speaking components of the language (6credits each). Two external assessments for the reading and writing aspects (6 credits each). Total of 30 credits for this course.
Vocational Pathway(s): Primary and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

Te Reo Maori 201 All credits go towards UE literacy

Pre-Requisite: 12 credits from the reading and writing strands and 6 credits from the listening and speaking strands at NCEA Level 1 - minimum

A language programme leading on from previous studies, with a focus on researching a range of topics and presenting the findings using a range of media. Students are working at Level 6 & 7 of the curriculum.

Assessment: Internal (16 credits) / External (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Primary, Service and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

Te Reo Maori 301 University Approved Domain

Pre-Requisite: 6 credits from the reading and writing strands and 8 credits from the listening and speaking strands in NCEA Level 2 - minimum

A programme of study that focuses on the proficiency, recognition, comprehension, purpose and meaning of the language used in the modern world, in detail.

Assessment: (16 credits) / External (12 credits)

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Tourisim 321

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits in NCEA Level 1 English; an interest in Tourism as a career pathway and good school attendance. Numbers are limited

The course has been developed by Travel Careers and Training. It covers a range of unit standards at Levels 2 & 3 to promote an understanding of the world of travel and tourism. Modules studied include knowledge of world geography, communication, performing calculations, customer service and knowledge of New Zealand as a tourist destination.

Trip: Every year a Tourism trip to varying destinations is undertaken. This is voluntary and the cost is additional to the course fee.

Course Fee: $50.00 (to cover cost of materials)
Assessment: Written assessment to be completed at the end of each unit. 20 credits at Level 3 and 27 credits at Level 2