- Learning Area:
- Social Sciences / Media / Commerce
- 2021 - 2022
- NCEA Level 2
- Course Endorsement:
- Approx Cost:
- Potential field trips $200
- Technology Requirements:
- A laptop is essential for this course
- Entry Recommendations:
- Course Outline:
- Three day (two night) field trip to Aoraki Mt Cook National Park researching different vegetation patterns (altitudinal zonation) due to the variations in the interaction of the natural elements in the South Island High Country. Includes a walk in the Hooker Valley, Governor's Bush Track and Red Tarns. An optional boat trip to the ice-face of the Tasman glacier is available for all students.
- Predator Free 2050 is an ambitious goal to rid New Zealand of the most damaging introduced predators that threaten our country. Students will research how well communities, iwi, experts, businesses, government and non-government organisations and individuals are all working together to achieve this. Case study on the survival of the Tahr.
- Global spread of Malaria. An estimated 3.4 billion people in 92 countries are at risk of being infected with malaria. There were 219 million cases of malaria globally in 2017. Students will research and map this global disease.
Students will be introduced to the ArcGIS spatial world and complete all maps and analysis using this Geographic Information System. Student licences for ArcGIS are now available for all Geography students.
This course includes 3 internal and 2 external Achievement Standards.
- Where Does It Lead:
Geography 301. Tertiary studies at University. A Geography degree leads to careers in public service, the tourism industry, companies dealing with geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS), the police local authorities and in education.
- For further information see:
- Mrs Connolly
In Year 9 students start the first year of their two year junior programme. Year 9 consists of two semesters (half year-long) with a combination of compulsory courses and option courses chosen by the students.
In Year 9 students will take 12 semester (half-year) courses that include:
a) Compulsory Courses - 2 semesters of Health & PE, Mathematics, Science, and one Semester of English and Social Studies. (the reverse happens in Year 10, the second year of the junior programme).
b) Option Courses - Four semesters of option courses (note: students choose 5 option courses in Year 10, the second year of the junior programme).
Year 10 students study five compulsory courses (English, Mathematics, Health & Physical Education, Science and Social Sciences) and six semester (half year) options (see individual course details). You can choose to do one semester course from a subject area eg: Drama - Part 1 or take two semester courses from a subject area, which is equivalent to a whole year course eg: Drama Part - 1 and Drama - Part 2. Pathways for all course at all levels are summarised on the Course Planning Chart.
A few Year 10 semester two courses require you to complete semester one first, before doing semester two.
Students won't be gaining Level 1 NCEA in Year 11. There will be up to one internal NCEA assessment per semester course, giving students the opportunity to gain approximately 45 credits but not the 80 needed for Level 1 NCEA. Some assessments maybe at Level 2 NCEA. These internal assessments will expose students to the way different subject areas assess NCEA in preparation for Year 12 and the completion of Level 2 NCEA.
Year 12 students study six year-long courses (see individual course details and Course Planning Chart). There are no compulsory courses, however, English and Mathematics are strongly recommended.
Students have the option of studying five courses. In such cases, students will be placed in the Independent Learning Project (ILP001) course, in addition to their five courses, so that they can be mentored and have their progress monitored.
Year 13 students study five year-long courses (see individual course details and Course Planning Chart) and have an Independent Study (IST). A sixth course can be selected in place of IST. Students have the option of studying four courses. In such cases, students will be placed in the Independent Learning Project (ILP001) course, in addition to their four courses, so that they can be mentored and have their progress monitored.
For students that are intending to gain University Entrance it is strongly recommended that they select at least four University Entrance approved courses. Refer to individual course details to check if a course is a University Entrance approved subject
Year 13 (IST) is independent, unsupervised learning that can take place at school or at home. Students are responsible for managing their work during this time.