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Subject Choice
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Year 10 Overview


At Year 10 all students take compulsory subjects and three option subjects. The compulsory subjects are English, Mathematics and Statistics, Physical Education and Health, Science and Social Studies.

The presentation can be found HERE


Three option subjects are to be selected from Art, Chinese, Digital Technologies, Drama, Economics, ESOL English, Food, Fabric, French, German, Graphics, Music and Te Reo Māori.

All option subjects are taken for six periods over the two week timetable.

It is important to give consideration to future subject choice when selecting Year 10 options. Some points to consider are:

  • Chinese, French and German are continuing courses and cannot be taken in Year 10 if they have not been taken in Year 9.
  • Year 10 Art, Digital Technologies, Drama, Economics, Food, Fabric, Graphics and Music are not prerequisites for Year 11 courses.

The Year 10 course gives a sound basis for any career. The option subjects are broad, contribute to a general education, and provide a foundation of communication skills that can be used in life and careers.

Every attempt will be made to give students their first choices of options, but there are some limits on the numbers, especially in the subjects that involve practical work.

In making subject choices, it is advisable to discuss the options thoroughly at home and also to consult staff at school.

Students may talk to option teachers, Ako teachers, the Careers Adviser (Mrs Thatcher),  and the Dean (Mr Kersten), about their decisions. These staff members are available for telephone consultation by calling the school office (348 0849).  Students are encouraged to choose options which they think will give them enjoyment and success.

This handbook is designed to help students and parents consider the possibilities, and make informed choices. We hope that every effort will be made to make sound selections on the basis of careful consideration of the options.

Students who need additional support with their literacy and numeracy skills may be approached to study in Learning Enhancement instead of taking an optional subject.