YEAR 9 2020

The transition from Year 8 and Intermediate School to Year 9 and Secondary School is one of the most significant changes in a young student’s life - new environment, new teachers, many more students, many different classes and classrooms 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, Open Day,  the subject selection information and the enrolment interview with the Year 9 Deans 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 Courage.  


The Subject Selection Booklet is provided to assist prospective Year 9 students and their parents to select option subjects for their first year at Trident High School. Details of all Year 9 subjects offered at the school are included in this booklet. You are advised to check course descriptions carefully before you choose your options.

from the careers department
the year 9 academic year


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 9.

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 whanau 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 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 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?


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


 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

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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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