Middle School Curriculum

We ensure that our learners have a range of opportunities in order for them to develop a range of dispositions and to learn more about the way that they have been designed. Our philosophy is that students in Year 7-9 need a focus on literacy and numeracy skills and that they should be exposed to a wide range of subjects. Links are made between subject areas in an integrated approach. Our students gain a diverse learning experience in their formative years and pathways for later in their education.

Compulsory Subjects (Full Year)

Biblical Studies
Devotions
English
Health
Mathematics
Physical Education
Science
Social Studies
Sport

Year 9 Option Subjects

Year 9 students choose four option subjects. Each subject area is offered on a semester basis. Students complete two options in semester one and two in semester two. Although every effort will be made to ensure that as many as possible of the students’ preferences are met, due to a restriction on class sizes, students will not necessarily be placed into their top four option preferences.
With the exception of Spanish, not taking an option subject in Year 9 does not exclude your child from taking it in the future.

Option Subjects (Semester Courses)

Art
Computational Thinking
Dance
Digital Technology
Drama
Hospitality
Future Focus
Hard Materials Technology
Literacy Enhancement
Music
Numeracy Enhancement
Outdoor Pursuits
Spanish
Sport Studies

Year 9 Course Descriptors

Art

Course Cost: $30.00

This is a skills-based course where students will be taught a variety of media including drawing and painting.  Students will study and take inspiration from other artists’ styles. They will learn how the formal elements of Art such as line, tone, colour, and mark making can be used to express their ideas. This is an ideal course for those students who are open to being creative in new ways and are prepared to commit to learning the techniques of art.

Computational Thinking

Course Cost: $15.00

It is anticipated that students taking this course would fit into the following category: are interested in learning core computer programming (coding) concepts, problem solving/algorithmic thinking skills and an understanding of the computer science principles that underpin all digital technologies. Students will experience a variety of software and hardware platforms e.g. python and robotics. The program will teach students to use an iterative design process with the focus on building our students skills so they can be innovative creators of digital solutions, moving beyond solely being users and consumers of digital technologies. The problem-solving approaches and collaborative skills developed in this course are transferrable to other areas of life.

Dance

Course Cost: $0.00

This course is highly physical and practical. It explores a variety of techniques and applications of dance. Students will be given the opportunity to learn and perform many genres such as Bollywood, jazz, and contemporary dance. They will build upon their knowledge of the dance elements and devices, learning how they can apply them to movement when creating their own choreographies and dance films. Students will work in groups often rehearsing, choreographing, and directing videos in relation to different dance contexts. They will be given many opportunities to perform including in the Senior School dance festival. No previous dance experience is needed for this course however all students are expected to spend time rehearsing outside of class. Students who have little previous dance experience will likely need to spend longer time outside of class rehearsing.

Digital Technology

Course Cost: $15.00

This course is interdisciplinary in its approach and students will be challenged to draw upon the knowledge and skills that they have developed in other learning areas such as Art, Design, Mathematics and English to be able to create specific outcomes. Using desktop publishing software, MS Excel, PixlR, TinkerCad and Sculptris, students produce a 3D printed device, a brochure featuring infographics and custom images, and virtual 3D character sculptures. Students are introduced to the technological practice cycle where they analyse a problem, develop a brief, plan and evaluate an outcome and communicate their ideas using digital dairies. The focus is on building skills so students can be innovative creators of digital solutions, moving beyond solely being users and consumers of digital technologies.

It is anticipated that students taking this course would fit into the following categories:

  • Those who enjoy working with computers and want to use every available opportunity to broaden their experience with varying software applications with a view to future development.
  • Those who know they are not likely to be taking Digital Technology in Senior School because of an expected focus on other options but want to get up-skilled as much as possible in Year 9.

Drama

Course Cost: $0.00

In this course students will develop the practical skills of performing, creating and analysing drama. They will rehearse and perform a main role in a class performance, create and perform their own dramatic work, as well as studying and being given the opportunity to perform a specific style of theatre (eg: Greek, Melodrama or Physical). In these units students will develop their use and knowledge of dramatic techniques, elements, and conventions. They will apply communication and collaborative skills as they work with others creatively to formulate high quality works. Students taking this course need to be prepared to work with a variety of people and perform in front of audiences.

Future Focus

Course Cost: $5.00

Are you a creative problem solver? In this course students choose a topic relating to real life issues and set about designing solutions. This course has a futuristic, scientific focus. We hope to compete in Future Problem Solving NZ.

Hard Materials Technology

Course Cost: $30.00

This course is a Multi Materials Technology course comprised of Problem Solving, Designing and Making project work using the school workshop facilities. This will involve wood work and metal work skills to create design solutions for given problems, using the design brief approach.

Hospitality

Course Cost: $50.00

This course includes units of work based on the following:

Pie Making

Students will focus on developing their knowledge of several types of pastry and pie making techniques as well as applying this knowledge in preparing various types of pies. Students will also explore the properties of ingredients and use this knowledge to design and make either a sweet or savoury pie.

Baking

Students will focus on developing their knowledge about various baked products. Their baking skills will be developed while preparing various products such as muffins, cupcakes, and biscuits with an emphasis on the decoration of these products. Students will also explore the functional properties of baking ingredients.

Literacy Enhancement

Course Cost: $0.00

This course is designed to help students with difficulties in aspects of reading and written language. The content is specifically tailored to support students with their learning in the Year 9 English curriculum. Students who feel that they need to improve their literacy skills before moving into Senior School will choose this option. Teachers may suggest this subject for students who would benefit from taking this course.

Music

Course Cost: $10.00

Prerequisites: Students taking this course should have some basic skills and experience in playing at least one musical instrument for at least 1 year with a private teacher, this can include singing.

This course focuses on performance, composing music (using music technology), music appreciation and analysis. As part of the course students will develop their instrumental performance skills and will be given the opportunity to perform individually and as part of a group.

Numeracy Enhancement

Course Cost: $0.00

This course is designed to aid students with difficulties in aspects of numeracy. The content is specifically tailored to support students with their learning in the Year 9 Math curriculum. Students who feel that they need to improve their numeracy skills before moving into Senior School will choose this option. Teachers may suggest this subject for students who would benefit from taking this course.

Outdoor Pursuits

Course Cost: yet to be confirmed

Prerequisites: Students taking this course should have a good level of fitness.

This course is designed to include practical skills and provide opportunities for students to have new experiences outside of their comfort zone. Students will build strong peer relationships as they interact with students from the Primary School. Confidence-building is an important part of the program as students learn that they are capable of things they never thought possible. Students will develop risk assessment and management skills. All of this is done in an outdoor setting within a context of connecting with God in the outdoors.

Spanish

Course Cost: $20.00 (plus $20.00 for subscriptions to Language Perfect & ActiveLearn which will be included in the stationery list)

In this course students learn basic communication skills in Spanish, develop their capacity to learn further languages and explore different world views in relation to their own. The Communication strand includes the use of familiar expressions and everyday vocabulary. Students will be able to interact in a simple way about themselves, their family, school, leisure, and food preferences. The Cultural strand includes leisure, school life, food and a movie study. Students will visit a Mexican restaurant at the end of the course.

Year 9 Spanish is a prerequisite to Year 10 Spanish.

Sport Studies

Course Cost: $75.00

This course is intended for students with a particular aptitude for sports and who enjoy being physically active and challenged. It will include both theoretical and practical components. Students will gain some understanding of the musculoskeletal system that is at work when they are being active and how they can look after their bodies when under physical stress. They will investigate, explore, plan, and teach a group an “unusual” sport from another country or culture.

Students will have the opportunity to explore new sporting and recreational activities as well as take part in a variety of mainstream sporting codes. Students will also attend a full day’s programme at a local Surfing Academy and a half-day ski session at Snow Planet.

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