YEAR 10 OPTION SUBJECTS

OPTION SUBJECTS

Students specialise in their subject choice by choosing options which will allow them to develop their knowledge in a particular subject.   All of these subjects are entry points to year 11 and Level 1 NCEA subjects.  Students need to ensure that they work consistently throughout the year to gain entry to the course in Year 11.

These options are offered in three groups.  Students choose one subject from each group as shown on the Subject selection form.

FULL YEAR COURSES
Select one

ART 

This is a practical course that covers units of work in drawing, painting, design, print-making, sculpture and photography.  The course is designed to build and develop technical skill, self expression and confidence in making art works.  This course prepares students for further study in Visual Art, Design and Photography.

HOD:

Mr Barr

Languages:

Languages are of particular value in people related jobs: tourism, translator, interpreter, journalism, television, radio, teaching foreign languages, tourism, flight attendant, foreign affairs officer.

Japanese

Spanish

Te Reo

JAPANESE

Languages link people locally and globally and introduce learners to new ways of thinking about the world. In learning Japanese, learners will develop the skills to learn other languages as well as increase their understanding of their first language.  This is a continuation of the Year 9 course.  Students will study the language and culture and learn katakana and some kanji (Japanese script).

Subject Head:

Mrs Harison 

TE REO MAORI

A continuation of the Year 9 course with the focus on skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.  Marae protocol and Māoritanga are covered.

HOD:

Mr McLean

SPANISH

Languages link people locally and globally and introduce learners to new ways of thinking about the world.  In learning Spanish, learners will develop the skills to learn other languages as well as increase their understanding of their first language.  Cultural aspects will be interwoven throughout the material in the course.  This is a continuation of the Year 9 introduction to Spanish.  It provides for a more in-depth study of language, culture, food, speaking, reading and writing Spanish.

This is a practical course that covers units of work in drawing, painting, design, print-making, sculpture and photography.  The course is designed to build and develop technical skill, self expression and confidence in making art works. As a half year course, the students do not go into the same detail as the full year course.

Subject Head:

Ms Deeley

HALF YEAR COURSES

Select one - the other half will be the technology rotation

MUSIC

This course is a consolidation of the introduction to music in Year 9.  Listening, composing and performing skills will be developed.  A variety of classroom musical instruments will be available and students may wish to learn an instrument through the itinerant music programme.  Students taking Year 10 Music are able to work in the wider music environment of the Trident Music Academy which includes the Big Band, the Jazz Combo as well as the participation in a variety of concerts, competitions – both Regional and National and in the school musical productions. Students in the Academy are also able to advance their learning to the next level on the advice of the teachers. 

HOD:

Mr Spence

DRAMA

The Year 10 Drama course allows students to explore different skills in communication of ideas and ways of expressing language.  The course will introduce students to presentation skills, performance work based on poem, masks and myths, devising a group performance based on a well-known story.  There are many opportunities to develop performance skills within this course and all assessments are based on the current New Zealand Curriculum.  Students in the second term of drama will have the opportunity to sit 4 credits at NCEA Level 1, in understanding a significant play, and if they meet the national standard will have those credits banked for the following year.  Students in Year 10 are also able to audition for the school production or Trident Has Talent, along with any other student.

HOD:

Mrs Robb

BUSINESS STUDIES

An introduction to Economics, Accounting and Business Studies and a pathway to the NCEA Level 1 Course.  Focus on key concepts and terms – the economics of scarcity, choice and demand and how to use debits and credits in the accounting equation.  A consideration for these subjects as career choices.

Subject Head:

Mrs Walters

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

Students will carry out research and design of web pages, web design elements and basic html coding.  Students will have the opportunity to produce logos and web pages based on templates and coding.  They will also look at internet risks, proper use of networks, marketing and audiences for web design.  Students will also have the opportunity to create mobile apps and programmable games using set tools and school based software.  They will use Photoshop, cloud based programs, understand audiences and marketing of their apps.  Students will also have access to the Microsoft Specialist certificate program when time permits.  The types of Microsoft Office skills students will learn will range from underlining text to changing properties within the options menu and everything in between.  Having this knowledge will empower students with transferable skills that can be used in many other subjects throughout the school.

HOD:

Mr Rowland

ART

This is a practical course that covers units of work in drawing, painting, design, print-making, sculpture and photography.  The course is designed to build and develop technical skill, self expression and confidence in making art works.  This course prepares students for further study in Visual Art, Design and Photography.

HOD:

Mr Barr

HALF YEAR COURSES
Select two

ARCHITECTURE & PRODUCT DESIGN 

Graphics are visual presentations on some surface, such as a wall, canvas, screen, paper, or stone to brand, inform, illustrate, or entertain.  Examples are photographs, drawings, Line Art, graphs, diagrams, typography, numbers, symbols, geometric designs, maps, engineering drawings, or other images.  Graphics opens avenues for careers in a variety of industries - Architecture and Interior design, Town Planning, Landscape design, Graphic design, Product design and Engineering.

 

This extends the student’s knowledge of design and drawing, draughting skills including computer aided draughting, sketching, cardboard models and an introduction to graphic communication.

Subject Teacher

Mrs Lai

MAORI PERFORMING ARTS

This subject takes the student on an adventure to learn more about Māori Culture taking into account local and regional history and the importance it has within the school and wider community.  The journey takes into consideration a practical understanding of Arts and Crafts (Ta Moko, Whakairo), Leisure Activities (Ki-o-rahi, Waka Ama), Kapa Haka (Powhiri) and Waiata (Waiata A Ringa, Haka).  We also seek to enhance, develop and empower the students leadership skills to do well in everything they undertake.  Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro nōna te ngahere. Ko te manu e kai ana i te matauranga nona te ao.  The bird that eats the miro the forest is theirs.  The bird that gathers knowledge the world is theirs.

Subject Teacher

Mr Waka

SPORTS LEADERSHIP

This course is designed for those students whose talents have already been recognised and have achieved at a significant representative level.  This course provides the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enhance sporting achievement.  A key focus is developing sports’ leadership skills.

Subject Head:

Mrs Dobbin 

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

This six month option class at Year 10 will carry out research and design of web pages, web design elements and basic html coding.  Students will have the opportunity to produce logos and web pages based on templates and coding.  They will also look at internet risks, proper use of networks, marketing and audiences for web design.  Students will also have the opportunity to create mobile apps and programmable games using set tools and school based software.  They will use Photoshop, cloud based programs, understand audiences and marketing of their apps.  Students will also have access to the Microsoft Specialist certificate program when time permits.  The types of Microsoft Office skills students will learn will range from underlining text to changing properties within the options menu and everything in between.  Having this knowledge will empower students with transferable skills that can be used in many other subjects throughout the school.

HOD:

Mr Rowland

WHAKAIRO

The Year 10 Programme involves practical and theory work based on the history of Whakairo.

The aim of this class will be for the students to create a portfolio of all their art and whakairo

work to be displayed at the end of their rotation. There are 10 Level 1 credits available with the satisfactory completion of this course. The lessons will involve Māori tikanga practices that consist of karakia. The students will explore two and three dimensional drawings and create designs for their project. Students will be required to do research on the origins of Whakairo and Māori Art, in particular, kowhaiwhai, tukutuku and whakarei patterns. The students will also learn how to create a piece of carving from the designs that they have created. Selected pieces of work will be put forward to display at Art exhibitions.

HOD:

Mr Waka

JUNIOR SERVICE ACADEMY

An opportunity to select a subject that combines outdoor education, physical activity/fitness,

teamwork, problem solving and leadership skills. This includes regular interaction with the

Senior Service Academy which provides as insight into this highly successful and inspiring course.

The benefit of this option subject is the students still have all the core subjects and other options

as part of their regular timetable. The added bonus of this subject is being able discover skills

and routines that will develop their engagement in school and ultimately provide them with the

ability to take responsibility for their learning in Year 10 and into the senior school.

Programme: The programme would have the following topics:

Drill and parade – physical activity, fitness and discipline in a military style context.

Adventure based learning – Problem solving, teamwork, cooperation and leadership in an active context

Reading - developing an understanding of literacy skills that are vital in Level 1 NCEA

Physical Challenge –a longest day styled camp for 2-3 days.

Community Action – giving something to the community and showing pride and respect for that community.

This is a half year option and is open to both male and female students.

HOD:

Staff Shaw