The Year 9 Food Technology module requires students to contribute towards a shared lunch as a final assessment. Students are expected to complete a design booklet which has evidence of research, planning, development of ideas and evaluation. The whole process from design problem to final solution must be evident in their design booklet and stakeholders' needs are expected to be met.

Subject Specialist:

Mrs Reihana


Students are introduced to the next level of workshop tools and equipment, learning to join, cut, shape and finish a stylish project from a range of materials. The designs are informed by critical and creative design thinking, utilising computing to transfer their unique design onto

their chosen work piece. Workshop Safety is paramount with safe processing methods a key feature of this course so that students can

enjoy the use of a wide range of workshop machinery without incident.

Subject Specialist:

Mr Dobbin


This module consists of exposure to Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools such as Cut Studio, SketchUp, Adobe Illustrator and Laserworks.

Students then create their design using our Computer Aided Manufacturing machines (CAM). The module is based around

prototyping to create a project in the workshop environment. Students will have opportunities to use metal, wood and plastic. Safety is taught

throughout the module.

Subject Specialist:

Mr Pickering


Students construct digital media outcomes that integrate media types and incorporate original content. Students also develop knowledge and skills in using different technologies to create digital content for the web, interactive digital platforms and print. They construct digital media outcomes that integrate media types and incorporate original content. They also learn how components and techniques are used to design digital devices and integrated to assemble and test.


Mr Rowland



This course provides the students with a practical understanding of Maori Performing arts and Mau Rakau (Skills for Maori Weaponry). This is a good introduction to Maori Performing Arts - NCEA Level 1. Elements of haka and waiata are also taught with students having to demonstrate their competence in small groups.


Mr McLean


The students will learn about the cultural practices and history pertaining to the guardians of this area, Ngāti Awa. The significance of special landmarks in Whakatane including Ohinemataroa/ Whakatāne River will be taught. The class will also get the opportunity to paddle on a Waka Ama with experienced


Mr McLean


This is a basic introduction to designing patterns and developing carving techniques and a stepping stone for Year 10 Whakairo. Students will learn the significance and history behind the patterns. The students will also be given the opportunity to carve a piece of work that they can take home. Students who show a talent for Whakairo will be invited to work alongside senior students to create further carving pieces for exhibition at Te Papa museum at the end of the year.


Mr McLean


This course introduces the students to traditional Māori recreational games. The focus for this course is participation and enjoyment. A number of games will be taught challenging the students to compete in a safe and nonthreatening environment. The Ki o Rahi game that will be taught has the opportunity for students who are keen to enter into a regional tournament to qualify for Nationals at the end of the year.


Mr McLean



In Bio Technology, students develop knowledge of the materials and ingredients used to formulate a range of products intended to improve the quality of human life. Students are provided with a scenario, outlining specifications for a product. They transform and manipulate materials and ingredients to develop conceptual, prototypic and final outcomes. They explore the impact of different economic and cultural concepts on the development of processes products, including their application in product preservation, packaging and storage.

They also develop understandings of the processes and techniques used in
manufacturing products. Students demonstrate critical, reflective and creative
thinking as they evaluate and critique each other’s outcomes in terms of the quality of their design, their fitness for purpose and their wider impacts.

Subject Head:

Mrs Lai


Students are introduced to Drama and Dance as a school based subject.

They get to explore a variety of different techniques, with theory and practical application. Using storytelling/ 

whakawhanaungatanga influenced by whakapapa. The course encourages students creativity, collaboration, compassion, and participation through working with others. Students have opportunities to audition for bi annual production, school plays, performances and concerts.


Mrs Robb


This course is an introduction to music. Listening, composing and performing skills will be developed. A variety of classroom musical instruments will be available and students may wish to learn an instrument through the itinerant music programme. Students taking Year 9 Music are able to work in the wider music environment of the Trident Music Academy which includes the Big Band, the Trident Vocals as well as the participation in a variety of concerts, competitions – both

Regional and National. Students in the Academy are also able to advance their learning to the next level on the advice of the teachers.


Mr Spence


This course focuses on creativity through image making.  It involves inter- disciplinary craft related projects that will see students use various media that includes but is not limited to claymation, patterning, stencilling, collage.  


Mr Barr

One further option is available


Languages are of particular value in people related jobs: tourism, translator, interpreter, journalism, television, radio, teaching foreign languages, tourism, flight attendant, foreign affairs officer.



Te Reo


Japan is the world’s third-largest economy and New Zealand’s fourth-largest trading partner. As such, Japan is important to New Zealand business and our economy. Students will learn to: interact and communicate about personal information (greet others; introduce themselves and others; say their name, age, phone number, nationality, birthday, hobbies, where they live and where they were born) and use expressions to help keep a conversation flowing and for the everyday classroom. Students will also have the opportunity to learn hiragana and some Kanji (Japanese Script). The learning will be set in the context of Japanese culture.

Subject Head:

Mrs Harison 


The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to Te Reo Māori. The emphasis is on understanding and delivering basic greetings and instructions in a positive environment. The students will also practice language terms associated with the whānau/family structure, in particular using the students' grandparents as a starting point for learning Te Reo. This is a practical course that caters for all abilities.


Mr McLean 


Spanish is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world and with

growing economic and diplomatic relationships with more than 20 countries

and over 350 million native speakers, multilingual people are in demand.

In Year 9 Spanish students will learn: greetings/farewell and polite terms; basic personal information; basic description of themselves and others.

Cultural aspects will be interwoven throughout the material in the course. Students will be assessed on their ability to speak, converse, listen to, read and write basic Spanish.

Subject Head:

Ms Deeley


This course provides an excellent introduction to the essential skills of Art and Design. Students learn techniques and skills in painting, sculpture, printmaking and design. They are encouraged to develop and extend their visual ideas by working creatively. The course is designed to build and develop technical skill, self-expression and confidence in making art works. This course prepares students for further study in Visual Art, Printing, Design and Photography.


Mr Barr


Sports Leadership develops courage and confidence to lead others. Students in
this course must have a positive and willing attitude towards being involved in a
range of physical activities. Being a top skilled “Sports Person” is not essential as
this course focuses on being a role model for others through participation with a
fantastic attitude and being eager to learn and try new things. Students are
expected to be willing to develop their Interpersonal Skills to the highest level
and be willing to act in ways that offer encouragement and inspiration to those
around them. Students will have the opportunity to learn about how the body
works during exercise and to develop their understanding of what it means to
be a leader. Sports leadership offers students a chance to demonstrate their
learnings through teaching each other during class and other students from across the wider school. Students who choose to take Sports Leadership must also demonstrate positive behaviour and skills in their Physical Education lessons.


Mr Stanhope