The Curriculum in Year 9 and Year 10

Students in Years 9 and 10 do a wide range of subjects so they will have plenty of choices available to them in the senior school.

Subjects in Year 9

Students do all of these:  English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Physical Education, Health Education, and Technology. 

In Technology, students will study two technology subjects chosen from:  Food Technology; Information Technology (IT); Soft Materials Technology (Fabrics); Hard Materials Technology(Workshop); Graphics 

Learning Areas

The curriculum provided at Wellington East Girls' College is based on the New Zealand Curriculum.  It provides students with the opportunities to develop the values, key competencies and knowledge that are vital to becoming active, confident and contributing members of society.

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Learning Area Pages

Follow the links below to find out more about specific subjects

The Arts

National Qualifications

The National Certificate of Educational Achievement

Students can work towards gaining credits in Achievement Standards and Unit Standards for NCEA certificates. Each subject assesses against standards and each subject usually offers between 18 and 24 credits.

There are three NCEA qualifications students work to gain at school: Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. These are the first three levels of the National Qualifications Framework’s (NQF) 10 levels. 


At Wellington East Girls’ College we believe a sense of the future can invigorate and motivate learning..

Careers support is given through Ako teachers as part of their pastoral care role.

Students are encouraged to develop a sense of their strengths and interests and these ideas are collected in a portfolio for their further reference and on going reflection.

There is a strong guidance network within the school and discussions with family on the possible work and training direction of students is welcomed.

Special Needs Unit

The Special Needs Unit, at Wellington East Girls’ College, is a supportive environment for ORS funded students between 13 and 21 years.

We value diversity and the unique nature of each student. A specialist team of teachers, teacher aides, advisors and therapists work collaboratively to support all students in reaching their full potential and leading a happy and fulfilled life.


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Learning Support

The Learning Support Department provides assistance for students in mainstream classes. This support ranges from teacher aide guidance in classes, peer tutoring, reader/writer assistance for assessments and monitoring of literacy needs.

Gifted and Talented


WEGC Philosophy and Approach identifying and supporting the gifted / talented


The Gateway Programme is offered at WEGC to selected students from the senior school. Gateway is a programme which opens pathways for students from school to the world of work. This is an opportunity for students to blend school study with workplace learning and experience, whilst trying out potential career paths.


Information for Employers

Gap Year

Below are some websites that will provide some information about gap years. A gap year can be a great option for your first year out of school if you are not quite sure what you want to pursue yet.

Career Information

Below are some great websites to help you start exploring what kind of career options are out there and what career might be best suited to your skills and interests.


If you are interested in finding out about scholarships these online resources will get you started!


Tertiary Institutions

If you want to study when you leave school there are lots of options for you. Here are a few of the main universities and polytechnics where you can study. What tertiary institute you select may depend on where you want to live, the tertiary qualifications you want to work towards and a range of other factors.


Tertiary Institutions

Click on the links for more information from these university websites:

2018 Course Selection

It is important that you take some time to consider your options and the career pathways open to you.

People you need to speak to help you make your decisions:

  • AKO teacher
  • Subject Teacher
  • Dean
  • Parent/Caregiver
  • Careers Advisors

Once you have discussed your options with the required people, especially your AKO teacher, you can then make your subject selections on the KAMAR student portal.

It is important to take some time with this and select relevant subjects for you.

Dance and Drama

The Dance and Drama Department offers many opportunities for students to explore the exciting world of performing arts. From Year 9 to Year 13, students gain the opportunity to devise, direct, choreograph and take part in a range of performances from Greek Drama, Melodrama, Cultural Dance, Elizabethan Theatre, scripted scenes and a class play.



Wellington East has a proud tradition in music and currently has four choirs, a school orchestra, a concert band, chamber music groups, school rock and pop bands, and a ukulele band.


The Art department offers an environment where students can embrace creative processes across a range of disciplines. Students are encouraged and supported to extend their creative and technical skills, enabling them to approach problem-solving and idea development in new and exciting ways.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education is offered at both Year 12 and Year 13 and provides students with exciting, challenging and valuable learning experiences. Throughout the year the girls work closely with their peers and experience a range of beautiful local and regional environments. There is a mix of practical and theorectical classes which are interactive and require students to challenge their own ideas. 

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Classical Studies

"To understand the ancient world is thus to have an advantage in the modern world."  - Victoria University of Wellington

"The further backwards you can look the further forwards you are likely to see.” Winston Churchill

Design and Visual Communication

  • "Design is thinking made visible" - Annonymous


Food Technology


The Food Technology Department offers an exciting programme throughout the school, Years 9-13.

Hard Materials Technology

Unlike some girls only schools, we offer a Workshop Technology course that involves working with woods and metals in a fully equipped environment on campus. 



Courses and pathways available.             

Career Paths

Kiwi Careers Website