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
the year 9 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:

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

Trident High School

Tel: 64-7-308-8159

Arawa Road, Whakatane

We are committed to our core values of 

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

– Kia Manawa Nui –

Be Courageous.

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