Subject Choice for 2014

Choices and DecisionsThe Y9 Students have all been issued a subject choice booklet. This contains a plethora of information about the upcoming decisions. On Friday 30th September, all Y9s will come to the library at a scheduled time and have a meeting with their Form Teachers. This is where they will make their subject choices for 2014 and pencil in a future plan for their time at Newlands College.

INTRODUCTION – As a Year 10 student it is compulsory that you continue to take: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health Education and Physical Education. You also have the choice of four half-year option subjects (Languages options are an exception and run for the whole year, counting as two options).

It is an advantage to choose options in Year 10 that you may wish to study in Year 11 as well. For instance if you know that you are going to take Graphics in Year 11 then it is wise to chose it in Year 10 also. If you wish to study any of the languages in Year 11 then it is essential that you take them in Year 10.


The following are brief outlines of option subjects available. Each is for two terms except for languages, which run for the whole year.


ART: Visual Art: Students will develop a variety of artworks using different techniques, materials and concepts. This may include painting, printmaking, sculpture and drawing. Some Level 1 credits will be on offer in preparation for the NCEA Level 1 Art Course. A positive attitude and enthusiasm are needed. (Course cost: $35 for materials including paint, paper, woodblocks etc. A personal sketchbook is required)

DRAMA: Students will develop skills in basic techniques of voice, body, space and gesture. There is an emphasis on devising and performing from the students’ own experience as well as Greek theatre. Co-operation and confidence are important skills that are encouraged and developed during lessons.

MUSIC: Students will continue to develop a range of skills covering performance, composition, aural, theory and music history. Students will need to be learning a musical instrument; either with a private tutor or through the School Itinerant Music Scheme. The course is evenly divided between practical and academic work so students will be ready to start NCEA Level 1 in the following year. All students are encouraged to take part in one of the Co-curricular music groups. Note: more advanced students will be able to attempt NCEA Level 1 Achievement Standards in music with prior discussions with the Head of Music. (Course cost: $35 for Theory work and Year 10 work book)


ESOL: Students for whom English is a second language are involved in a programme to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. English language is taught using topics relevant to the students and is linked to mainstream subjects wherever possible.

FRENCH: This course is designed to further develop language skills acquired in Year 9 French. These skills include speaking, writing, listening and reading in everyday situations. Students are also given opportunities to learn about French life and culture. The units studied are pre-requisite to NCEA Level 1 French. (Course cost: $10 for workbook. Costs for activities/trips as required. Language Perfect $20)

GERMAN: This course is designed to develop language skills used in a range of everyday situations. The units studied are linked to the NCEA Level 1 syllabus. Students are given the opportunity to gain a better understanding of German life and culture. (Course cost: Workbook $10. Costs for activities/trips as required.)

JAPANESE: Students will continue to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Katakana characters will be mastered. Students will gain a better understanding of Japanese culture and way of life and will have the opportunity to visit Japan on an exchange. Students must have studied Japanese at Year 9. (Course cost: $20 for workbook, costs for activities/trips as required. Language Perfect $20)

TE REO MAORI: Students will continue to develop their language skills and understanding of Tikanga Maori. A range of teaching strategies and learning contexts will be used. It is preferable that students have studied Maori before but all keen, motivated students, Maori and non-Maori are welcome to do this course.


BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY: In this course students will learn about what makes a successful business and will set up and run their own small business (market day). An introduction to accounting, marketing and the production process will also be covered. IT skills will be developed within a business context, including the use of PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Google docs and Publisher. A field trip to a successful business in the Wellington area will be held. This is a good preparatory course for NCEA Level 1 Economics and Business and Accounting. (Course cost: $10)

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES: In a society increasingly reliant on computer technology, students develop a wider range of computer skills and will increase their ability to access and communicate information. Students use a variety of applications to design, create and evaluate technological solutions. The study of an emerging technology, publishing printed material and programming in a graphical environment are the three technology units covered in this half year course. Students develop specific skills in the use of Powerpoint, Photoshop and programming. This is a good preparatory course for NCEA Level 1 Digital Technologies. (Course cost: $5 + printing costs)

FASHION TECHNOLOGY: Are you creative and innovative? Are you a trend setter? Do you have a passion for fashion and enjoy creating new things from new or recycled materials. During this course students will broaden their knowledge, understanding and capabilities in fashion, textiles, materials and design. Students will communicate their ideas through drawing and annotation to develop their design and construct their final products. This will include a creative cushion unit and a garment of choice influenced by a fashion designer. This course leads on to Fashion Technology NCEA Level 1. (Course cost: $30)

FOOD TECHNOLOGY: Food products play an important role in our society and economy. Food designers investigate a range of food ingredients to enable them to make informed choices in their design of unique, innovative and creative food products. This course includes food practicals to develop students’ cooking skills and to link basic scientific knowledge and understanding. Using a design process, students will be trialling, testing to modify their product as they develop final bread and healthy takeaway products. Students are encouraged to show initiative, be innovative and creative, to learn independently and to take responsibility. This is a good preparatory course for NCEA Level 1 Food and Nutrition. (Course cost: $45)

GRAPHICS: This is a creative, purposeful course which covers a broad range of design, drawing and computer graphic skills. The students will be involved in working from a design brief, researching information, developing their own ideas, building models, testing and evaluating, producing pictorial and working drawings and clearly presenting all of their work. This is a good preparatory course for NCEA Level 1 Graphics. (Course cost: $10 for materials, $40 graphics pack)

MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY: This is a creative, purposeful activity aimed at developing products to provide solutions for specific needs or opportunities. Knowledge, skills and resources are combined to help solve practical problems. Students should become familiar in using a wide range of materials including wood, metals, plastics and others. Technology challenges students to work creatively and analytically to identify, trial and evaluate potential solutions, and to put their ideas into practice. This is a good preparatory course for NCEA Level 1 Hard Technology. (Course cost: $30 + additional charge for extra materials if required)

Subject Choice - Student_Entering_Year_10_in_2014

The form here is what students will fill out with their Form Teacher. In the meantime a number of avenues are open to help the Y9s make good decisions.

  • Ask Parent/Caregivers to read the subject choice booklet; discuss it with them.
  • Collect as much information as you can on all the subjects which interest you.
  • Visit the Careers/Transition Department in A2.
  • Discuss your ideas with your subject teachers and your Form Teacher.
  • Career Services: You can access careers information on subjects required for certain careers by visiting their website.  Career Services also operate a free phone advisory service offering careers information. Phone 0800 222 733.
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