English is a core subject and as such is compulsory in Year 11 and 12. The choice of English course at each level has an impact on the choice a student may make in English the following year. It is a foundation for most careers especially where oral and written communication is important. It is useful for teaching, law, journalism, politics, marketing, radio, television etc. As a core subject it is also a recommended subject for medicine and other science based degrees where communication, report writing and research are required.
The course covers a wide range of topics and focuses on providing students with the keys skills needed to continue through to level 3 NCEA. Skills of Close reading, analysis of different texts, writing in different styles, visual literacy and basic language techniques are developed during the year.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Australian English Competition and may contribute to the School Newspaper.
4 lessons/ week
Mathematics is a core component of modern education. Mathematic skills are essential for problem solving and decision making in the 21st century. Students that specialise in Mathematics benefit from having a rigorous qualification at the end of schooling. Mathematics is a core prerequisite for numerous tertiary courses and careers. Trident High School offers students of all abilities suitable pathways of courses from Year 9 to 13.
Students develop flexibility and creativity in applying mathematical ideas and techniques to unfamiliar problems arising in everyday life and develop the ability to reflect critically on the methods they have chosen. The skills of problem solving, reasoning and communicating mathematical ideas are learned and assessed through the skills of number, measurement, geometry, algebra and statistics.
Students also participate in the Australian Maths Competition and in the Maths Mind Competition.
3 lessons/ week
Biology is useful in careers such as nursing, physiotherapy, farm manager, dentist, horticulturist etc. Chemistry is helpful in careers such as pharmacist, agricultural scientist, dietician, physiotherapist, forester, food technologist etc. Physics is helpful in careers such as optometrist, architect, engineer, physiotherapist, geologist, surveyor etc. Earth, Ocean and Space Systems is helpful in careers such as conservation, sustainability, geology, environmental studies etc.
Science is both a process of enquiry and a body of knowledge. It is an integrated discipline. The strands focus on the nature of science and relationship to technology, the development of scientific skills and attitudes and integrating these with the living world, the physical world, the material world and the planet earth and beyond.
Students participate in the Science Fair with the opportunity to go further if successful.
This course leads onto Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Ocean and Space and General Science in the senior school.
Social Sciences are important because they give you the skills to participate in an increasingly globalised society. They also encourage critical thinking, an appreciation for the past and an awareness of future issues such as sustainability. In today’s world it is essential to understand different perspectives and Social Sciences allow students the opportunity to explore different ideas and values.
Social Studies aims to enable students to participate in a changing society as informed, confident and responsible citizens. They focus on the strands of social organisation, culture and heritage, place and environment, time, continuity and change along with resources and economic activities. These are achieved through the development of skills of inquiry, exploration of values and social decision making.
This course leads onto senior courses in Geography, History, Social Science, Media Studies, Classical Studies (L3), Business Studies, Accounting (L1) and Tourism.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION + HEALTH
Physical Education is helpful in careers such as: armed services, nursing, event organiser, human resources, police, fire service, recreation officer, PE teacher, primary school teacher, fitness instructor, medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, research (fitness, health & recreation), manager of community sports & recreation, professional coach, athlete, bio mechanist, sport psychologist etc.
The course focuses on personal health and physical development, movement concepts and motor skills, relationships with other people and health in the community and environment. This course consists of practical and theoretical components. Theory makes up one third of the course and the rest is practical. Practical activities ensure that students gain a broad movement base and that they are exposed to learning a variety of different skills.
LITERACY AND NUMERACY
Placement in literacy and numeracy support classes is by selection as a result of testing as well teacher advice and parental request. Students work in small groups in the Learning Centre under the guidance of a specialist teacher. Students are able to work in the Learning Centre until they have reached the required knowledge and skill level and then they are able to return to the main classes.