The eight essential learning areas described in the New Zealand Curriculum include English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education, the Arts, Technology and Languages.
Over the last three of these learning areas, Year 9 and 10 students select from a range of option subjects.
We hope that you find this booklet helpful in planning for next year at Hamilton Girls’ High School. It is expected that all students will be motivated to set realistic challenges and that they will work to fulfill the goals they set for themselves.
How can this booklet help you in your long-term planning?
The aim of this booklet is to help students plan and select their programme of study for the next year and beyond. It is an introductory guide only. Each student needs a programme of study that meets her needs and consultation and advice about the different subjects available should be sought.
Parents and students should discuss subjects and courses with either subject teachers, Heads of Departments, Head of House, Deans, Tutor Group Teachers, the Careers Counsellor and Deputy Principals.
When making choices about subjects and courses, the following points should be kept in mind:
Ability and interest in an area of learning; How a subject will help and where it will lead to; The desirability of a balanced education
Students select four half-year option subjects:
One from the Arts
One from the Languages
One from Technology
A fourth option from any of the above three learning areas.
Students select any two of the full year option subjects listed for Year 10 under the arts, technology, languages, PE and Commerce.
Students study English, Mathematics, Science, and three option subjects. Subject descriptions and prerequisites are listed in the curriculum handbook.
The current minimum requirements include:
80 credits including:
10 credits in literacy
10 credits in numeracy
For subject endorsements, 14 credits at merit or excellence.
For NCEA endorsement, 50 credits at merit or excellence.
Students study English and five option subjects. Subject descriptions and prerequisites are listed in the curriculum handbook.
Preliminary applications to university rely on Year 12 NCEA Level 2 results.
Students choose any five subjects. Subject descriptions and prerequisites are listed in the curriculum handbook.