|MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY OPTION COURSE INFORMATION
Select ONE Materials Technology course (two terms)
Hard Materials: Students have the option to design, develop and construct projects using wood, metals, plastics and electronics. Students will learn correct construction methods and knowledge of material processes.
Soft Materials: Students will design and develop fashion garments or accessories using a range of fabrics. Students will learn construction techniques and material processes.
|COMPUTER APPLICATIONS COURSE INFORMATION
Select ONE Computer Applications course (one term)
Computers: This course aims to help students to progress their computer skills and knowledge in image manipulation, web design, desktop publishing, spreadsheets and cybersafety.
Robotics: This course aims to help students to progress their computer skills and knowledge through a robotics focused context. It involves a hands-on approach in which students learn how to build and program a robot.
|ARTS OPTION COURSE INFORMATION
Select TWO of the following Arts courses (two terms each)
Drama: This course aims to introduce students to basic acting techniques and practical drama skills through group work, improvisation, script work and theatre history. The course will explore elements and conventions used in devising drama based on traditional stories, while the theatre history studied is Greek theatre.
Drama & Dance: This course is designed for students with a special interest in performing as dancers or actors. It aims to introduce students to aspects of dance and drama performance techniques and the specialist associated vocabularies and processes. Students will study the theatre form of Clown and create their own character. Students will work in small groups to choreograph original dance works.
Music: This course is a general introduction to music theory, listening skills and creating and performing music. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills on keyboard, guitar, recorder and voice. Students who already have skills on the keyboard and/or guitar may wish to consider taking Performance Music and diversify their skills by learning a brass or wind instrument.
Performance Music: This exciting practical course will provide students who have an interest in playing wind or brass instruments with the opportunity to learn through rehearsing and performing on their instrument.
Pacific Arts: This course offers a selection of visual arts and craft, including activities from Maori, Aboriginal, Pasifika, Asian and New Zealand cultures.
Visual Arts: This course offers a range of theoretical and practical art-based activities. It includes a selection of drawing, design, painting and art history.
|LANGUAGE OPTION COURSE INFORMATION
Select a 1st Choice and a 2nd Choice –ONE Language course is studied in Year 9 for two terms.
Chinese: Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin). Students will be working at Curriculum Levels 1 & 2. The Hanyu Pinyin (romanised) writing system will be used in conjunction with Chinese characters. Cultural aspects will be integrated with the teaching of the language. By the end of this course students will be able to speak, read and type in Chinese about themselves and their family.
ELS English: English Language Support. Extra support is provided to cater for students who are speakers of other languages. This course develops reading and writing accuracy and speaking and listening skills. It may last for one half year (two terms) or for the whole year for those students who require further development in one or more language skills.
German: This course aims to develop basic communication skills related to daily life situations. It involves listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in ways which are fun. Cultural aspects are also included.
Japanese: This course is a general introduction to Japanese. An equal weighting is placed on language and cultural components. By the end of the course students will be able to write and type in Japanese script and talk about themselves, their families, school and weather. Etiquette, calligraphy, manga, anime and the Japanese school system are some of the cultural points explored. Students who take Japanese will be given priority for the exchange programmes in Japan.