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YEAR 10 2023

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Trident High School has a proud record of Academic Achievement with students achieving successes in the National Certificate of Educational Achievement from Level 1 to Scholarship.


Subject Selection at Year 10 is a vital stage in preparing for the subjects chosen in Year 11, the start of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement.


Our aim is to provide students with a broad range of subjects, some compulsory and some optional.  Compulsory subjects in Year 10 are English, Social Science, Mathematics, Science, Technology and Physical Education.  Optional subjects should be chosen with the future in mind as these options are all linked to subjects chosen in Year 11 and then followed through to Year 13.


Students choose options as set out in this subject planning booklet and then record them on the subject choice form.  Course information for the options is listed below.


Students should work with their parents/caregivers and deans to finalise their course.

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from the careers department

In Years 9 and 10 students are encouraged to study a wide range of subjects to keep a large number of options open to them in the senior school. The curriculum is kept deliberately broad so that they do not specialise too early.


Careers NZ is available online. It is recommended as an excellent source of up to date information to help with career planning and subject choice. The Student Careers Services is available to all students attending Trident High School. The school has a dedicated Careers Counsellor who is there to help all students as well as three Guidance Counsellors for personal help.

the year 10 academic year
  • All students study English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and PE throughout the year.

  • Technology is a two term course, with students completing four modules either in Terms 1/2 or Terms 3/4.

  • When not in Technology, the students complete an option subject chosen from Group A Subjects: Graphics, Māori Culture, Sports Leadership, Text and Information Management, Art, Horticulture.

  • The major course change takes place at the beginning of Term 3 when Option 1 and Technology change over.

  • In the second option, students may choose a full year subject or two half year subjects.

  • These half year courses also change at the beginning of Term 3.


Students study the core subjects throughout the year and are able to choose option subjects from different groups.  In some cases these subjects are delivered in their form classes, in other cases they will be re-organised to cater for different levels of teaching and learning.  There are also a number of different learning groupings for students to consider – the Te aka Motuhake class, and the 2016 Great Barrier Island class.  There are also specific learning opportunities which can be considered – refer to the Special Programmes form in the Prospectus.

Career choices:

Research the subjects required or recommended for career areas you are interested in.

Finding out about options

To make a decision about whether to study a subject, you need to be clear about the content and how it is assessed.

Some subjects may be new to you.


Year 10 is a good opportunity to try new subjects.

What topics does the subject include?

Will the subject involve field trips, projects or performances?


You could consider these questions:

  • Will I have to read many books?

  • Will I have to write many essays?

  • Will I need to do practical experiments?

  • Will I need to make things?

  • Will the subject involve discussion with other people in the class?

  • How is the subject assessed – end of year exams, assignments, internal assessment?

Which subjects should I study?

To choose your subject options you need to think about these things:


Range of subjects:

This is most important in Year 10.

The variety of subjects offered provides an opportunity to try new things and experience a number of different subjects.



What do you enjoy?

You are more likely to work hard and do well in a course that interests you.

Skills and abilities:

Which subjects are you good at?

Discuss this with your parents and teachers.


Learning style: Do you prefer

  • reading and writing

  • listening and discussing

  • practical work

  • creative work


Choose your subjects carefully. Option changes are only allowed in exceptional circumstances once a course has been commenced or confirmed.

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