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Subject Specialist:

Mrs Reihana

In our fabulous new kitchens you will learn to plan and develop food products. This will involve selecting, making and then evaluating your delicious food. The course ends with a class shared lunch which is always a huge hit.


Skills Developed Include:

• How to plan a recipe

• Time management

• Basic nutritional knowledge

• Sustainable food choices and food ethics


Experience in food design will give you an insight into the hospitality industry, food and nutrition as a science and give you inspiration to become a budding home chef!


Subject Specialist:

Mr Dobbin

Using our state-of-the-art metal workshop tools and equipment you will be challenged to safely design and make a project from a range of materials including metal, acrylic or glass.

Design is informed by creative fun and critical design thinking. You will utilise computer aided design software to transfer your unique design onto your project.   


Skills developed include:

• Learn to use computer aided design software

• Use our CNC machines to make your own unique design come to life

• Develop sound workskop health & safety practice


Experience in the metal workshop will provide you with an insight into the electrical, mechanical and automotive industries. These are exciting and innovative fields that provide many career opportunities.


Subject Specialist:

Mr Pickering

The Trident FabLab is a platform for learning and innovation: a place to play, to create, to learn and to invent. In our FabLab you will be given the opportunity to make a product that is of interest to you, that might be something digital or physical. You will learn computer programming, connect your learning to other Technology Rotations, and use creative thinking to build structures with our EPRO8 kits.


Skills developed include:

• Computer design and modelling vector software to design and make your own stickers and T-Shirts

• Design and make objects from recycled plastic in our injection molding machine

• Using Scratch and Makecode computer programming



Mr Rowland

Using our state-of the-art wood workshop tools and machines you will be able to design and produce product made from wood.


You will have the opportunity to use both computer aided design and manufacturing to create your product.


Wood is a sustainable product, you will learn to be economic with materials, time and resources and doing your bit for the environment.


Skills developed include:

• Using wood as a design medium

• Learning to use common DIY equipment to construct your project

• Recognising different types of wood materials and their properties for sustainable design solutions

• Time management


Experience in the wood workshop will provide you with an insight into the architecture, product design (surf boards, furniture) and construction industries.

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



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


• Kapa haka

• Mau rakau


Mr McLean


The aim for this course is for the students to have an understanding of the significance of some of the cultural practices that take place on marae, especially in our Whakatāne area. The students will also be encouraged to communicate in basic Te Reo. Whānau and whanaungatanga (relationships) are key aspects of learning.


Mr McLean


This is a basic introduction to designing patterns and developing carving techniques and a stepping stone for Year 10 Whakairo and NCEA Level 1, 2, 3. 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 the NCEA exhibition held in Wellington at the end of the year.


• Carving field trips

• Junior carving exhibition


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. The class will also get the opportunity to paddle on a waka with experienced instructors.


• Ki o Rahi Nationals

• Waka ama

• Waka Ama activities


Mr McLean



During the module of Fabric Tech students will design and manufacture fashion accessories within a given theme by applying colour and embellishments using specialist techniques in our final project.

In Bio Tech, students learn about natural ingredients and how they are transformed to formulate a range of personal health care products.  

The following skills will be gained:

• Researching and Designing

• Development of freehand sketches which show basic rendering skills to highlight style features and detailing

• CAD/CAM to create packaging, heat transferring motifs/logos and machine embroidery

• Colour application using tie dying 

• Constructing and assembling using a range of hand tools and sewing machines 

• Demonstrate critical, reflective and creative thinking as we evaluate the quality of our design and fitness for purpose

Subject Head:

Mrs Lai


Dance and Drama is for everyone. We all have kōrero pūrākau and stories to share. The Performing Arts help us to understand cultural perspectives, worldviews, and to connect with our community. They celebrate and explore Te Ao Māori, Pacifica, and European whakapapa and help us to prepare for the future by challenging us to step into the shoes of others. Students are likely to:

• Explore a range of Dance and Drama techniques

• Write/perform a short play based on a local

   historical place or story

• Explore lighting, sound, makeup and costume

This course encourages creativity, collaboration, compassion, and participation through working with others.


Mr Garner


Music offers Year Nine students the opportunity to:

• Develop skills to play a number of instruments

    - keyboard to learn melody and chords

    - drums to learn rhythm and tempo 

    - guitar to learn chords 

    - ukulele as a class to discover rhythm,

     melody, and tempo

• Use computer software to create their own

   piece of music.

• Understand basic music theory to learn to read

    and write music


Mr Kim


Year Nine Trident students use exploration and opportunity to express themselves through using specific techniques and tools.

Students are likely to:

• Examine a Van Gogh drawing to create their own linear masterpiece

• Draw objects in 3D, using different drawing tools to create a mixed media collage (fabric pattern, book pages, music sheets, newsprint, different textures etc.)

• Studying NZ artist Sofia Minson’s work inspired by her cultural upbringing and realising that all patterns come from nature in  the connection between sea, land and sky.   Students choose a picture of their maunga and turn nature into patterns using shape, repetition, rotation and scale.


Mr Barr

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