Year 10 Compulsory subjects

The following subjects are compulsory for all students to study in 2021
  • English      10Eng    Full Year

Course Description: The course is the second year in a two-year programme leading to Year 11 English where standards are both externally and internally assessed.

The general aims are set out in the English curriculum document and the course is designed to develop skills in the various "strands".

Teaching is also provided for individuals who need assistance with literacy.

Next step: Year 11 English course

Contact Person: Mr Koster


  • English 10Ena Full Year

Course Description: The extension English course is designed to explore the depth and breadth of English Literature to intellectually stimulate and challenge high ability students.

The course is designed on the principles of “Curriculum Compaction” which is a process used to streamline the regular curriculum. By rationalising the syllabus, time can be allocated for extension and enrichment that suits the learner’s level of mastery, interests and learning preferences. 

Curriculum compaction also allows students the opportunity for advanced placement by subject or by year. For this reason, students may be offered NCEA Level 1 literacy credits in this course.

Next step: Year 11 ENA course

Contact Person: Miss Wilson 


  • English Language Skills      10Enl     Full Year

Course Description:The English Language Skills programme is an alternative English programme offered to NESB (Non English Speaking Background) students. The programme is designed to assist students’ English language acquisition in all key skill areas – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

The course reflects the individual needs of the student for whom English is not a first language by offering subject support by specialist teaching staff in conjunction with language skills. Students study a selection of topics which focus on subject-specific vocabulary, grammar, comprehension and sentence construction.

Contact Person: Ms Nesbit


  • Mathematics and Statistics    10Mat     Full Year

Course Description: Year 10 Mathematics is designed to match the requirements of the NZ National Curriculum and aims to develop both Numeracy and individual thinking skills as well as providing the basis for advanced study. Through a balance of Knowledge development, Skills practice and Problem Solving opportunity, we bring together effective learning and preparation in Mathematics and Statistics for qualifications and life.

In Year 10, courses are streamed into three levels based on performance in Year 9. Topics covered include arithmetic, measurement, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability and data analysis. 

Contact Person: Any Mathematics teacher


  • Health and Physical Education    10HPE   Full Year

Course Description: Health and Physical Education uses Mason Duries Whare tapawha model and the concept of Hauora as a framework to teach the content of this subject. Students are taught and assessed at level 5 of the curriculum over both years 9 and 10. This allows students to delve deep into the broad nature of this curriculum area.

Students learn the short term and long term effects on the four dimensions of Hauora in all aspects of this HPE course. These are; Physical, Mental and Emotional, Social and Spiritual well being. In year 9 and 10 the content is taught through four main school wide themes of learning these are; Tangata ke Wahi Ke, Nga Wero, O Tika O Kawenga, Arorangi.

Physical Education uses movement as a context to learn. Learning through movement helps to develop individuals interpersonal skills and physical motor skills. Through movement students develop knowledge about how the body functions, participate in challenging physical activities to develop growth mindsets and resilience which in turn further develops their levels of self- confidence. Students will have opportunities to further develop their leadership skills in the running of their very own Sports tournament. Graduates of the junior HPE program will understand the influences self others and society have and will have the knowledge and skills to make health enhancing decisions that enable total well being both now and in the future.

This course will also prepare students who wish to undertake Senior Physical Education as a learning pathway.

Aspects of Health Education such as Mental Health, Conflict Resolution, Leadership and Healthy relationships are taught in both practical and theoretical lessons with. Drugs Education and Sexuality Education are the topics taught in isolation of Physical Education. In Health Education students will gain knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will allow them to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and be able to contribute to the wellbeing of themselves, other people and their communities. They will also develop skills that will enable them to enhance relationships with other people and participate in creating healthy communities by taking responsibility.

Next step: Year11Ped, 11Spd

Contact Person: Any of the Physical Education staff.


  • Science     10Sci     Full Year

Course Description: Year 10 teachers seek to build on student’s own experiences and understanding by exposing them to interesting phenomena that occur in the world around them including :

  • Plant, animal and human biology; chemistry (now including organic chemistry), physics, earth science, light and astronomy, ecology;
  • Interaction between humans and their environment;
  • Scientific thinking and investigation skills;
  • Practical skills - measuring, observing, problem solving and handling equipment.

Next step: Year 11 Science courses

Contact Person: Mr Richards, or any Science teacher


  • Social Studies     10Soc     Full Year

Course DescriptionSocial Studies skills involve information gathering, processing, and presentation; recall of knowledge; recognising opinions and points of view; and understanding ideas about human behaviour. In developing these skills students will learn to appropriately use books and the library, newspapers, video and film, maps, graphs, diagrams, photographs and field work resources. A variety of assessment methods are used including self and peer assessment.

Year 10 course of study includes:

  • Other People, Other Places (Tangata ke)– key ideas of cultural identity, ceremony and cultural interaction, including topics such as Pacific Island Communities (music, culture and lifestyle); tourism in the Pacific; and Indigenous people of Australia and / or South East Asia.

  •  Social organisation (O Tika)– key ideas of how different societies function, are controlled and how decisions are made, how people have participated in  and made changes to societies; how to contribute to local, national and global communities including topics such as  the Ancient Greeks; Nazi Germany; Apartheid South Africa; NZ Government and Amnesty International. 
  •  Social Reaction (Nga Wero) – looks at the different ways people respond or react to significant events, and what are the consequences of these responses for communities and places. Topics include major disasters such as; the Twin Towers 9/11 disaster, wars, mass murders, accidents (plane crashes etc) caused by man. 
  • Exploration - The Space Race (Arorangi): Looks at the history of early space exploration: The race to the moon; Who was involved in the space race; Obstacles to space exploration; Significance of the space programme on today’s world.

Next step: Any or all ofYear 11 Geography, History, Economics courses

Contact Person: Mr Garland or Mr Skinner.