Year 7 - 9 Option Subjects

Year 7- 9 students choose FOUR options/modules per year. Each of the four options is for five hours per fortnight for two terms, so that two options are completed in each half year. These options operate using vertical groupings so an option may include students from all three year levels but the context and skill development is consistent for all. 

During the three years, there are three compulsory modules that will need to be completed. These are allocated to students by the person responsible for the timetable. A student may do one a year or two in one year depending on the constraints of the timetable.

Digital Technologies Foundation Course

This is a course for everybody and teaches you what you need to know about computers. It gives you an introduction to a range of skills which you can advance in the other Digital Technology options if you like. You will get to try programming, electronics, robotics and desktop publishing.

Laboratory Science

This is a mainly practical based course for all students that focuses on laboratory skills that will equip students to engage in further investigation. The course supports and builds on their integrated core studies and enables them to become competent in using laboratory equipment. There are three main contexts in measurement, matter and nutrition and may diverge further depending on time and the interests within the class. Assessment is based around the Nature of Science Objectives of Understanding (identify ways scientists work together) and Investigating (carry out appropriate investigations).

Te Whakatōtanga 

This is a foundation course for all students. In this programme, students are beginning to use Te Reo Māori to understand and to practise rehearsed sentence patterns and familiar vocabulary in a fun way. In Te Whakatōtanga (The Planting) students will learn about various Tikanga (cultural) practices such as karakia, waiata and haka. Students will learn pūrakau (stories) and place names related to Te Wai Pounamu and Ōtepoti and investigate the theme of Tūrangawaewae (belonging).


Other options and modules to choose from

We expect students to choose at least ONE Arts module per year from Art, Music or Drama. 

They must also choose at least ONE Technology module per year from Digital Technology, Graphic Design, Hard Materials, Textiles or Food and Nutrition

There are two language options throughout these years - French and Te Reo Māori - and it is expected that to continue in Year 10 with these subjects, students have completed both stages one and two of these language modules. 

In choosing these options, students and parents are reminded that it is a time for choice and opportunity. Much of the overall learning programme is covered in the compulsory core subjects listed on the overview page. Students should aim for as much breadth as possible in their learning. There is no issue with choosing something to try this year only.

Some students and parents may wish to plan beyond Year 9. Some subjects need to be taken early on to avoid learning gaps. It is worth checking the senior course information on the website for further assistance in selecting a course, including information on any pre-requisites required for courses in Years 11-13.

Note that at Year 11, only TWO options are chosen as all other subjects are compulsory, (English, Mathematics, Science and Religious Education). The two options in Year 11 can be chosen after consideration is given to the following points:

  • Some Year 11 options may be chosen from Year 10 courses if the prerequisites are met.

  • Some Year 11 options do not have prerequisites from Years 9 or 10.

  • Some Year 11 options are derived from the compulsory subjects at Year 10 - e.g. Social Studies leads to Geography and History as options in Year 11 and these subjects are offered for the first time at that level.

  • Some Year 11 options must have been studied in Years 9 and 10, in particular languages, if students wish to pursue them further.


The ABC Subject Selection Checklist

When you are making your choices, follow this simple checklist: 

Ability and Attitude - are you able and are you interested?

Balance - will you have a range of options open for future career ideas?

Choiceare they your own decisions or have you been swayed by others?


If you click on each subject below, you are able to read a brief outline of the subject. A more detailed breakdown of each module is given to students each year in October to help them make their choices.

For all subjects, there are two or three different standalone modules that a student can choose without having studied the other modules (unless it is a language).


Design and Visual Communication

Digital Technology



Maori Studies


Technology - Hard Materials

Technology - Textile Design

Technology - Food and Nutrition