Curriculum

Curriculum

Our curriculum focuses on meeting the needs of our students with a broad emphasis on literacy and numeracy in our junior school to help our students achieve at the senior level.

Courses of study

Junior School

Year 9

Core subjects

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


Option subjects

At Year 9 students sample all options (two per term) before choosing at Year 10.

  • Music
  • Maori
  • Food Technology
  • Performing Arts
  • Media Studies
  • ICT
  • Design and Visual Communication (DVC)
  • Construction and Mechanical Technology (CMT)

Year 10

Core subjects

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


Option subjects

Y10 students choose two option subjects.

  • Music
  • Maori
  • Food Technology
  • Performing Arts
  • Media Studies
  • ICT
  • Design and Visual Communication (DVC)
  • Construction and Mechanical Technology (CMT)

Senior School - NCEA

Year 11

Core subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Student choose three additional subjects

Year 12

Students choose six subjects

Year 13

Students choose five or six subjects

Senior Subject Choice

  • English
  • ESOL
  • Mathematics (Y12)
  • Statistics and Modelling (Y13)
  • Maths with Calculus (Y13)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Classical Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Tourism
  • Social Studies


  • Physical Education
  • Outdoor Education
  • Health Education
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Maori
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Digital Information
  • Digital Technology
  • Design and Visual Communication (DVC)
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Furniture/Building
  • SPEC

Subject Choice Book 2017

Click below to look at our subject choice booklets for 2017.

Subject Choice Book 2017: Years 11-13

Subject Choice Book 2017: Year 10

Curriculum Stories

Grow Waitaha

Mairehau High School – Increasing student agency and authentic learning

http://www.growwaitaha.co.nz/our-stories/mairehau-high-school-increasing-student-agency-and-authentic-learning/