YEAR 9 2021

The transition from Year 8 to Year 9 in high school is one of the most significant changes in a young student’s life – a new environment, new teachers, many more students,

different classes and different expectations. This transition can be eased by the advice and guidance offered by the new school. At Trident High School, our goal is to make that transition as smooth as possible through the programmes and information that we provide for our new students.

The process includes the detailed information in the Prospectus, the Year 8 Open Day, the subject selection information and the enrolment interview with the Year 9 Deans. At the Year 9 enrolment interview, students will select subjects alongside the Dean. This is followed by the Peer Support Programme where senior students work alongside the Year 9 students, integrating them into the school ethos and culture of Quality Work, Respect for Others and Kia Manawa Nui.

from the careers department

Whilst we encourage Year 9 and 10 students to start thinking about their future career plans it is important not to focus too narrowly on one career idea. Junior students should aim to keep a broad educational platform with as many doors as possible open and not worry about trying to decide which door to go through yet!


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 9 academic year

All Year 9 students study the following compulsory subjects for the whole year:

English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education and Health.

In addition students learn a range of 3 technology subjects from Computer Aided Manufacturing, Food Design Technology, Fabric Design Technology, Engineering Technology and Bio Technology.

This leaves a further three curriculum areas for them

to choose from for the year. These include Art, Digital Technology, Drama, Health, Japanese, Maori Performing Arts, Music, Spanish, Sports Leadership and Te Reo Māori.


Students will work with their Parents/Caregivers and Deans to finalise their course



Students study the core subjects throughout the year and are able to choose further curriculum areas. 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 Apex programme, the Te Aka Motuhake programme, Whakapiki i te ao Mātauranga and the 2022 Te Waka Whakahura OPC Great Barrier Island programme available to them in Year 10. These are specific learning opportunities that you can find more information about here.


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:

It is most important in Year 9 to enjoy a range of


The variety of curriculum areas 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 whanau and teachers.


Learning style: Do you prefer

Do you enjoy:

  • reading and writing

  • listening and discussing

  • practical work

  • creative work

  • problem-solving



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 9 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 get to do practical experiments?

  • Will I be able to make things?

  • Will the subject involve discussion with

  • other people in the class?

  • Will I work collaboratively with a group?

  • How is the subject assessed – making a product, presenting my learning, end of year exams, assignments, internalassessment?



 All Year 9 students study the following CORE subjects for the whole year:








Students begin to specialise in their subject choice by choosing options which will allow them to discover more about a particular subject.  These options are offered in two groups.

Students will choose THREE subjects from the further curriculum areas.


Kaua e rangiruatia te hāpai o te hoe; e kore tō tātou waka e ū ki uta.

Technology is where students develop a broad technological knowledge, practices and dispositions that will equip them to participate in society as informed citizens and provide a platform for technology-related careers. Students learn that technology is the result of human activity by exploring stories and experiences from their heritage, from Aotearoa New Zealand’s rich cultural environment, and from contemporary examples of technology.

As students learn in technology, they draw on and further develop the key competencies