Students

Year 9 Subjects

Religious Studies

Course Description:

The theme of this year is beginnings. As students learn within topic areas they will draw upon religious language, symbols and texts that are at the heart of our Christian faith. They will use creative and critical thinking in order to advance their learning. Students will also give witness to Christian values and Social Justice principles. This will take place within the classroom and through the Journey Programme.

Cost: Licence to use online digital material $10 (estimate)

Journey Programme $180

 

English

Course Description:

This course is divided into key areas of the NZ English Curriculum. Focus areas for developing reading, writing and speaking skills, include a study of memoir writing, a unit structured around ‘Back to the Future’, a film unit, and a written text study. Foundation skills, including writing conventions and language techniques, will be integrated in all learning areas.

Cost: NIL

Mathematics

Course Description:

Students will become more familiar with calculating and estimating, using appropriate mental and written calculation methods in flexible ways. They will start to learn algebraic generalisation and representing patterns and relationships found in numbers, shapes and measures. They will learn valuable thinking skills.

Cost:$22 Maths pack – mathletics

In year 10 students will require a graphics calculator. Casio 9750 is on the list of acceptable calculators for NZQA and is our recommendation.

Science

Course Description:

Students will develop their understanding of the world, built on current scientific theories. They will use the scientific skills of investigation and then communicate their observations through symbols and text, in the context of living things, matter, energy and the universe. Students will learn to work independently as well as participate with each other in a team. They will then be able to make informed decisions about the applications and implications of science as these relate to their own lives and cultures and to the sustainability of the environment.

Cost: $18 Science Workbook 

Digital Technology, Fashion Design, Materials Technology & Food Technology

Course Description:

Students will use the technological process to solve real life problems ranging from fast food makeover to designing musical instruments or weather measuring instruments to building digital outcomes. The process of intervention by design, adaptation and innovation are at the heart of technological practice.

Students will develop practical skills and knowledge in the areas of Digital; Fashion; Food; and Materials. They produce quality outcomes that result from thinking and practices that are informed, critical and creative. Technology is never static. It is influenced by and in turn impacts on the cultural, ethical, environmental, political, and economic conditions of the day.

The technology curriculum at Garin aims to ensure our students are at the forefront of technology education.


Cost: $95 project materials

 

Social Studies

Course Description:

The aim of Social Studies is to engender wonder, enthusiasm and an appreciation of the human, natural and economic environments we live in. While experiencing new ideas and posing controversial questions, students are encouraged to achieve their personal level of excellence. Students look into New Zealand’s identity and culture and the events that have played a part in forming who we are today. Why is there a gap between the rich and  the poor and how are the world’s limited resources shared? What are the rights and responsibilities of citizens when participating in today’s society.

Cost: Nil

Health and Physical Education

Course Description:

Students participate in a wide range of physical activities to develop their key competencies, covering many of the learning objectives and strands of the curriculum throughout the junior school. An emphasis is placed on developing interpersonal skills within physical activity to enable them to function well as a team member. Students explore health-related issues affecting teenagers within this course.
Cost: $8 for the student workbook.

Art, Music, Dance & Drama

Course Description

During the year, students complete 13 week blocks in 3 areas: Visual Arts, Dance/Drama and Music.

Visual Arts

An introduction to the Visual Arts. Students will explore key elements and principles of visual art. A range of media and techniques will be used to create original artwork. Projects will be based on the creative processes of established artists.

Cost: $10

Dance/Drama

An introduction to the Performing Arts of Dance and Drama. The course aims to build social and performance confidence by focussing on the practical. Students will be taught improvising and devising skills, with the emphasis on group co-operation and participation. There is a focus on creating original work and exploring where both arts came from and where they fit into society today.

Cost: Nil

Music

An introduction to Music. Students will gain practical knowledge of music through listening to and responding to a wide range of music. They will learn skills in playing music and will acquire understanding of how music is composed. They will have opportunities to create and make music and will reflect on the effectiveness of their own and other’s compositions and performances.

Cost: $5 Manuscripts and listening material

 

Art, Music, Dance & Drama - Drama

Subject: Drama

Level: Year 9

Code: 9DRA

Course Description:

An introduction to the Performing Arts and Drama. The course focuses on performing and devising skills, group co-operation and participation. The basic skills of both subjects are taught with a focus on creating original work and exploring where both arts fit into society today.

Contribution: $0

Art, Music, Dance & Drama - Music

Subject: Music

Level: Year 9

Code: 9MUS

Course Description:

An introduction to Music. Students will gain practical knowledge of music through listening to and responding to a wide range of music. They will learn skills in playing music and will acquire understanding of how music is composed. They will have opportunities to create and make music and will reflect on the effectiveness of their own and other’s compositions and performances.

Contribution: $5 manuscripts and listening material

Future Pathways: Where to?

Māori, Spanish, English Language Learning

Course Descriptions:

Māori: 

An introduction to Māori language and culture, with a focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The achievement objectives of this course are to successfully develop students’ understanding of the Māori language and culture.

Spanish: 

Learning Spanish provides links to people from other cultures, locally and globally. In Year 9 students learn how to receive and produce basic information in Spanish in everyday situations. This rapidly growing language is spoken all over the world. A knowledge of Spanish could help you in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality industries and would be useful to anyone thinking of overseas travel.

Cost: Nil.

English Language Learning

Course Descriptions:

For students learning English as a second language. This course covers:

  • Writing skills – writing a description text, a personal letter, grammar and sentence structures.
  • Reading skills – reading along the lines, oral reading, silent reading.
  • Listening skills – listening to songs, speeches, instructions.
  • Speaking skills – informal conversation, phone conversation, interviews, role plays.