The Academic Programme
Hamilton Girls' High School provides a positive and challenging environment which is conducive to effective teaching and learning. We aim to promote learning as a life-long process by providing students with programmes suited to their needs. Multi-level study is a feature of our flexible timetable. All students are assessed regularly and full written reports are issued to parents twice yearly.
Years 9 and 10
Students follow a general course of study common to all schools, in line with the New Zealand Curriculum. This specifies the eight essential learning areas (Languages, English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Social Sciences, the Arts, and Health and Physical Education) which ensures students cover a broad and balanced education.
At Year 9 level, we have added a number of short courses which provide a broad approach to the essential areas of learning, and a sound base from which to make later choices. All Year 9 students follow a compulsory course of study comprising the Arts - Drama, Maori Arts and Crafts, Music, Art; English, Two half year Languages courses, Mathematics, Physical Education and Health, Science, Social Sciences, Technology.
At Year 10 level, students choose three options to complete their programmes. All Year 10 students study English, Mathematics, Physical Education and Health, Science, and Social Studies. Students also choose three options from the following: Art, Drama, Economics, Enterprise Studies, ESOL, French, Graphics, History, Information Management, Japanese, Maori Language, Music, Spanish, Sport and Technology.
In keeping with the New Zealand Curriculum, students undertake study in five or six subjects, three of which will be an English, a Mathematics and a Science course. To cater for the range of student abilities there are three courses operating within each of the English, Mathematics and Science programmes. Students then select two or three other subjects from those listed below.
All courses will be assessed against achievement or unit standards towards the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), and other National Certificates.
Accounting, Advanced Physical Education (Sport or Outdoors), Art, Digital Technology, Drama, Economics, Enterprise Studies, ESOL English, International English, French, Geography, History, Japanese, Maori, Music, Social Studies, Spanish and Technology.
Recreation Programme for Year 11 and Year 12
In line with keeping our students' educational interests as broad as possible we offer a Recreation programme in Year 11 and 12. This encourages students to enter subjects they may not choose to study further academically, but would be interested in pursuing as a personal interest, or to extend their own experiences and expertise in a particular area.
Year 11 students may select one of a number of Recreation programmes: Physical Education, Performance Music, Furniture Making, Health or Careers. Rec modules give the student a term with three different Rec options. Students also participate in a Professional Development Programme.
Students must undertake study in English and four other subjects.
Accounting, Biology, Business Studies, Catering and Hospitality, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Computer Studies, Drama, Economics, ESOL English, Fashion Design, French, Geography, Graphics, History, Information Management for Beginners, Information and Communication Technology, Japanese, Legal Studies, Maori, Mathematics, Mathematics with Extensions, Media Studies, Music, Physical Education (Outdoors or Sports) Physics, Practical Art (Painting and Printmaking, Design, Photography), Social Studies, Spanish, Tourism.
Year 12 students may select one of five Recreation programmes: Physical Education, Performance Music, Health, or Careers. Students also participate in a Professional Development Programme. Most students will do Recreation as a sixth subject. If a student wishes to take a subject other than Recreation as a sixth subject, she must apply to the Dean stating her case.
Year 13 courses can be aimed at University or other Tertiary study or various employment options. All students must study five subjects.
Accounting, Art (Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture), Art History, Biology, Business Studies, Calculus, Catering and Hospitality, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Computing, Drama, English, English with Applications, ESOL English, International English, Economics, French, Geography, Graphics, History (England option), Information and Communication Technology, Information Management for beginners, Japanese, Maori Language, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Nannying and Childcare, Physical Education (Sport or Outdoors), Physics, Science, Spanish, Tourism.