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2024 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.

The Curriculum in Year 9 and Year 10

Students in Years 9 and 10 experience a wide range of learning, across the curriculum so they will have plenty of choices available to them in the senior school.

Courses in Year 9 and 10

Students choose 10 courses that cover all 8 Learning Areas. 

The Learning Areas are:

  • Ngā Toi/The Arts
  • Ingarihi/English
  • Akoranga Kōiri me Te Hauora/PE&Health
  • Ngā Reo/Languages
  • Pāngarau/Maths
  • Pūtaiao/Science
  • Tikanga-ā-Iwi/Social Studies
  • Hāngarau/Technology.

Intensive courses - are courses that cover one Learning Area in depth e.g. Tikanga-ā-Iwi/Social Studies. 

Connected courses - are courses that connect the learning across two Learning Areas, e.g. Eco Warriors integrates Pūtaiao/Science and Tikanga-ā-Iwi

Focus Line courses - are extra short courses about things you need to know. At Year 9 this includes Literacy, Numeracy, Computational thinking for Digital Technology and Aotearoa NZ Histories.

The 10 courses can be a mixture of Intensive and Connected Curriculum courses from. Curriculum courses. For more detailed information on these courses please see the Junior Course Booklet 2024.

The Curriculum in the Senior School

We are proud of the academic successes students achieve in external examinations in the senior school.

A focus on academic mentoring and career counselling helps all students leave school with worthwhile qualifications and a direction to pursue in further education or employment.

Subjects in Year 11

Three subjects are compulsory: English, Mathematics and Statistics, and Science. Students then need to choose three more subject.

Subjects in Year 12 and 13

Year 12 students take 6 subjects including English (or Alternative English). In Year 13 students take 5 subjects and do not have any compulsory subjects. However, it is wise to check with the careers department or tertiary provider (University or Polytechnic) to ask if you need a specific subject to gain entry to a specific tertiary course.

Information about how to plan for NCEA can be found here - NCEA@WEGC

Please see Senior Course Selection booklet for further information