Year 9 Subject Selection (Current Yr8)

YEAR 9

How to Select a Subject on SchoolPoint

Use the left-hand navigation bar to select 'Subjects to Select'.

Click on "Year 9 Options Group 1" and "Year 9 Options Group 2". You may choose between 1 and 3 subjects in each option for a total of FOUR Options classes. 

Click on the subject, then click the button "Select as one of my Subjects"

Students are encouraged to choose an additional back-up subject.

Students may see what they have chosen by clicking on "View Selected Subjects".

NOTE: the system will require you to indicate your 'leaving destination' before any subject can be committed as a choice. You can do this either as the first step by clicking the Leaving Destination menu item on the left or waiting until you commit the first subject and you are stopped from doing so until you complete 'leaving destination'.

If you are returning then you choose the first option - 'Returning to Bethlehem College'


Academic Programme

CORE SUBJECTS

All students will study the following six core subjects:

English

Mathematics

Christian Living

Science

Social Studies

Physical Education


OPTION SUBJECTS

Through Year 7 and Year 8, students have completed a one-term rotation of eight option subjects, being a combination of Languages, Arts, and Technology subjects.

In keeping with the Ministry of Education’s goal of ensuring students acquire a broad based education throughout their primary and junior secondary years, students in Year

9 are required to access learning across these areas, whilst also allowing some degree of choice and specialisation to take place.

At Bethlehem College, we require Year 9 students to select a further FOUR option subjects. At least one subject must be from the ‘Arts’/‘Language’ subjects, and at least one from the ‘Technology’ subjects. Students must then choose two more option subjects from either line.

Each of these will be studied for a semester (approximately two terms). Two subjects will be studied in the first half of the year and two in the second half of the year.


OPTION SUBJECTS – Line 1

Materials Technology (Wood) 

Textile Technology

Computer Studies

Design and Visual Communication

Nutrition and Health


OPTION SUBJECTS – Line 2

Art 

Music 

Māori 

Drama 

French 

Spanish


Comment about Languages

Students are encouraged to consider taking a second language. Learning a second language has proven to be beneficial in the development of cognitive skills and brain function. It supports the learning of one’s own first language by developing literacy skills and creativity. Students who learn a second language gain experience in coping with cultural diversity and develop an understanding of other world views, besides having the obvious advantage of being able to communicate in another language, something that is attractive to future employers.

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