The focus of Year 9 is to provide a sound foundation upon which students can build a successful academic career at the College. The focus of Year 10 is to build on the foundation of Year 9 study and prepare students to successfully undertake NCEA Level 1. Class structures at Years 9 and 10 provides the opportunity for students to undertake extension programmes. In these programmes students will study core subjects but their programme content and delivery will be modified in order to extend and challenge these students. Learning support for all students is a feature of the junior curriculum, with extra staffing on junior classes and additional assistance for students provided to ensure all students achieve the best possible foundation to their College education. The options offered in Years 9 and 10 are in subject areas where understanding is required to be developed prior to attempting NCEA Level 1 in Year 11.
Year 9 Curriculum: Year 9 students complete the following core subjects in their first year at College: Art, English, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, Social Science and Technology. Students can also select two option subjects from a choice of: French, Graphics, History, Maori or Music. Students undertake one of their options in the first half of the year and the other option choice in the second half of the year. Students studying a language undertake this as their single option choice for the full year.
Year 10 Curriculum: Year 10 students complete the following core subjects in their second year at the College: English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science, Social Science and Technology. Students can also select two option subjects from a choice of: Art, Economics, French, Graphics, History, Maori, Music and Samoan.
Homework and Study: Homework and revision of class work is an important role in the level of student achievement. All students are expected to complete homework as part of their course work in each subject. Year 9 and 10 students are expected to complete one and a half hours of study each week night as part of their course work.