YEAR 10 2019

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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 Studies, 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.

from the careers department
the year 10 academic year

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


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

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?



Students study these subjects throughout the year. In some cases they are in their form classes, in other cases they will be re-organised to cater for different levels of teaching.

See subject choices.


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 two groups.  Students choose one subject from each group as shown on the Subject selection form.

See subject choices.


4 hours a week for two terms

Students will do four of the technologies; this will allow them to develop a range of skills and knowledge in different technology fields which will allow for greater choice in the senior years.

See subject choices.

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Arawa Road, Whakatane

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Quality Work and Respect for Others, that draw on the strength and courage of our motto

– Kia Manawa Nui –

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