Curriculum Overview

Courses of Study

Click on the Year group below to see courses taught:

Year 7 and 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

A full explanation of the content and entry requirements for all these courses is contained in a separate booklet, published in September and available from the school office or the link below.

Senior Course Booklet 2020

Every effort is made to arrange subjects so that as many students as possible are able to pursue the courses of their choice.

Course structures may therefore vary from year to year to suit students’ requests and class numbers.  However, every attempt is made to ensure that continuity is provided in individual subjects and overall courses.

The courses listed here are those planned at the time the Prospectus goes to print. However, some subjects listed may not run each year if numbers of students are not viable and subject changes may occur in order to best meet student needs.

Correspondence School, Open Polytechnic and STAR Courses may be available to selected students.

Waimate High School is a member of CantaNet, a group of secondary schools in South Canterbury who share teachers via video conference.  This enables weekly contact with their teacher along with on-line support. Additional subjects are also available by video conference.

YEAR 7 AND 8

  • English
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Technology
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Visual Art
  • Music
  • Digital Technology (Year 7)
  • Drama (Year 8)

YEAR 9

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Technology
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Visual Art
  • Music

Two optional Subjects chosen from

  • Foreign Language
  • Maori
  • Digital Technology
  • Graphics and Design
  • Food and Textiles Technology
  • Biotechnology

YEAR 10

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Health and Physical Education

Two optional Subjects chosen from

  • Foreign Language
  • Digital Technology
  • Food and Textiles Technology
  • Materials Technology and Graphics and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Music
  • Visual Art
  • Rural Studies

YEAR 11 (NCEA LEVEL 1)

Choose 6 subjects from the following:

Highly recommended:

  • English or English Applied
  • Science or Agriculture or Electronics
  • Mathematics or Mathematics Applied
  • Skills for Life

Optional:

  • Accounting
  • Agriculture
  • Design Technology
  • Digital Technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Electronics
  • Geography
  • Graphics and Design
  • History
  • Industrial Pathways
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Visual Art

YEAR 12 (NCEA LEVEL 2)

Choose 6 subjects from the following:

Highly recommended:

  • English
  • Skills for Life

Optional:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Studies
  • Design Technology
  • Digital Technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Electronics
  • Food and Hospitality
  • Geography
  • Graphics and Design
  • History
  • Industrial Pathways
  • Music
  • Outdoor Pursuits
  • Physics
  • Physical Education
  • Rural Studies
  • Tourism
  • Visual Art

YEAR 13 (NCEA LEVEL 3)

Choose 5 subjects from the following:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Studies
  • Design Technology
  • Digital Technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • Food and Hospitality
  • Geography
  • Graphics and Design
  • History
  • Mathematics with Calculus
  • Mathematics with Statistics
  • Music
  • Outdoor Pursuits
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Rural Studies
  • Tourism
  • Visual Art