WELLINGTON GIRLS' COLLEGE

WELLINGTON GIRLS' COLLEGE
WELLINGTON GIRLS’
         COLLEGE




       YEAR 11, 12 & 13 COURSES
                  2015

Choose your subjects carefully. What you choose now is what the 2015 timetable will be
based on. If you change your mind later on the subjects you want may not be available.
WELLINGTON GIRLS' COLLEGE
Contents
Introduction ............................................................................................................................................ 5
Reminders when choosing your course .................................................................................................. 5
Our vision, mission, and values ............................................................................................................... 6
Key Competencies................................................................................................................................... 6
Curriculum Design ................................................................................................................................... 7
Understanding levels: curriculum and NCEA .......................................................................................... 8
Senior Qualifications ............................................................................................................................... 9
Scholarship ............................................................................................................................................ 10
Students planning to go to university ................................................................................................... 10
University Entrance ............................................................................................................................... 11
Course selection: other points to note ................................................................................................. 12
Course confirmation for Years 12 & 13 2015........................................................................................ 12
Course Costs & Specialist Equipment ................................................................................................... 14
BYOD – Bring Your Own Device ............................................................................................................ 14
Subjects Available in Years 11, 12, 13 for NCEA & other qualifications ............................................... 15
Learning Area - Arts                 .......................................................................................................... 16
Art: Design – Year 13 , 13DS ................................................................................................................. 16
Art: History of Art – Year 12, 12AH ...................................................................................................... 16
Art: History of Art – Year 13, 13AH ....................................................................................................... 16
Art: Painting – Year 13, 13PA ................................................................................................................ 17
Art: Photography – Year 12, 12PH ....................................................................................................... 17
Art: Photography – Year 13, 13PH ........................................................................................................ 17
Art: Visual Art – Year 11, 11AT ............................................................................................................. 18
Art: Visual Art – Year 12, 12AT ............................................................................................................ 18
Dance – Year 11, 11DA ......................................................................................................................... 18
Dance – Year 12, 12DA ........................................................................................................................ 19
Dance – Year 13, 13DA ......................................................................................................................... 19
Drama – Year 11, 11DR ......................................................................................................................... 20
Drama – Year 12, 12DR ........................................................................................................................ 20
Drama – Year 13, 13DR ........................................................................................................................ 20
Music – Year 11, 11MU ....................................................................................................................... 21
Music – Year 12, 12MU ........................................................................................................................ 21
Music – Year 13, 13MU ....................................................................................................................... 22
Learning Area - English ............................................................................................................... 22
English – Year 11, 11EG ........................................................................................................................ 22
English – Year 12, 12EG ....................................................................................................................... 22
English – Year 13, 13EG ...................................................................................................................... 23
English Language Literacy – Year 11, 11ELL ......................................................................................... 23
English Language – Year 12, 12EL ....................................................................................................... 24
English Language – Year 13, 13EL....................................................................................................... 24
Academic English – Year 13, 13AE...................................................................................................... 24
Learning Area - Health/Physical Education .................................................................................. 25
Physical Education – Year 11, 11PE...................................................................................................... 25
Physical Education – Year 12, 12PE...................................................................................................... 25
Physical Education – Year 13, 13PE .................................................................................................... 25
Sports Studies – Year 12, 12SPRT ........................................................................................................ 26
Sports Studies – Year 13, 13SPRT ....................................................................................................... 26
Learning Area - Languages ....................................................................................................... 27
Te Reo Māori – Year 11, 11TR ............................................................................................................. 27
Te Reo Māori – Tau 11, 11TR ............................................................................................................... 27
Te Reo Māori – Year 12, 12TR ............................................................................................................. 27
Te Reo Māori – Tau 12, 12TR .............................................................................................................. 28
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Te Reo Māori – Year 13, 13TR ............................................................................................................ 28
Te Reo Māori – Tau 13, 13TR .............................................................................................................. 28
Chinese / Modern Mandarin – Year 11, 11CI ...................................................................................... 29
Chinese / Modern Mandarin – Year 12, 12CI ...................................................................................... 29
Chinese / Modern Mandarin – Year 13, 13CI ...................................................................................... 29
French – Year 11, 11FR........................................................................................................................ 30
French – Year 12, 12FR ....................................................................................................................... 30
French – Year 13, 13FR ....................................................................................................................... 30
German – Year 11, 11GM..................................................................................................................... 31
German – Year 12, 12GM..................................................................................................................... 31
German – Year 13, 13GM..................................................................................................................... 31
Latin – Year 11, 11LT ........................................................................................................................... 32
Latin – Year 12, 12LT .......................................................................................................................... 32
Latin – Year 13, 13LT .......................................................................................................................... 32
Learning Area - Mathematics...................................................................................................... 33
Mathematics and Statistics – Year 11, 11MS or 11MSI or 11MN ......................................................... 33
Mathematics and Statistics – Year 12, 12MS or 12MSI ........................................................................ 34
Mathematics with Statistics – Year 13, 13 MS or 13MSI ...................................................................... 34
Mathematics with Calculus & Statistics – Year 13, 13MX.................................................................... 35
Mathematics with Calculus – Year 13, 13MC...................................................................................... 35
Learning Area - Science .............................................................................................................. 36
Science – Year 11, 11SI or 11SC ............................................................................................................ 36
Science Extra – Year 11, 11SE .............................................................................................................. 36
Science – Year 12, 12SC........................................................................................................................ 37
Science – Year 13, 13SC........................................................................................................................ 37
Biology – Year 12, 12BI......................................................................................................................... 37
Biology – Year 13, 13BI......................................................................................................................... 37
Chemistry – Year 12, 12CH................................................................................................................... 38
Chemistry – Year 13, 13CH................................................................................................................... 38
Physics – Year 12, 12PY ........................................................................................................................ 38
Physics – Year 13, 13PY ........................................................................................................................ 39
Learning Area - Social Sciences ................................................................................................. 39
Classical Studies – Year 12, 12CS......................................................................................................... 39
Classical Studies – Year 13, 13CS ......................................................................................................... 39
History – Year 11, 11HI......................................................................................................................... 40
History – Year 12, 12HI......................................................................................................................... 40
History – Year 13, 13HI......................................................................................................................... 40
Geography – Year 11, 11GE ................................................................................................................. 40
Geography – Year 12, 12GE ................................................................................................................. 41
Geography – Year 13, 13GE ................................................................................................................. 41
Psychology – Year 12, 12PC ................................................................................................................. 41
Applied Psychology – Year 13, 13PC .................................................................................................... 42
Tourism – Year 13, 13TO ...................................................................................................................... 42
Accounting – Year 11, 11AC ................................................................................................................ 42
Accounting – Year 12, 12AC ................................................................................................................. 43
Accounting – Year 13, 13AC ................................................................................................................ 43
Economics – Year 11, 11EC .................................................................................................................. 43
Economics – Year 12, 12EC .................................................................................................................. 43
Economics – Year 13, 13EC .................................................................................................................. 44
Media Studies – Year 11, 11MD .......................................................................................................... 44
Media Studies – Year 12, 12MD ........................................................................................................... 44
Media Studies – Year 13, 13MD ........................................................................................................... 45


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Learning Area - Technology ........................................................................................................ 45
Computing for English Language Students – Year 11, Year 12, 11COM or 12COM.............................. 45
Digital Design Technologies – Year 13, 13DDT..................................................................................... 45
Digital Technologies – Year 11, 11DT ................................................................................................... 46
Digital Technologies – Year 12, 12DT ................................................................................................... 46
Digital Technologies – Year 13, 13DT .................................................................................................. 46
Fashion and Textiles Technology – Year 11, 11FTT ............................................................................. 46
Fashion and Textiles Technology – Year 12, 12FTT ............................................................................. 47
Fashion and Textiles Technology – Year 13, 13FTT ............................................................................ 47
Product and Spatial Design Technology – Year 11, 11PST ................................................................. 47
Product and Spatial Design Technology – Year 12, 12PST ................................................................. 48
Product and Spatial Design Technology – Year 13, 13PST ................................................................. 48
Learning Area - Other subjects                ..................................................................................... 48
Transition and Pathways – Year 11, 11TP ........................................................................................... 48
Transition and Pathways – Year 12, 12TP ........................................................................................... 48
Gateway – Year 13, 13GW ................................................................................................................... 49
General Studies – Year 12, 12GS .......................................................................................................... 49
General Studies – Year 13, 13GS ........................................................................................................... 49
Curriculum Overview 2015 .................................................................................................................. 50




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Introduction
This book is designed to help you to make the choices that are right for you for 2015. In
Years 9 & 10 you had the opportunity to experience a wide range of subjects. In the senior
school you begin to specialise, and study five or six subjects each year.
You will find it easier to motivate yourself and to achieve to the best of your ability if you
choose the subjects you are good at or personally interested in. If you are not sure what
you want to do in the future, choose a course that is as broad as possible and which keeps a
range of options open to you once you leave school. If you do know what you would like to
do, make sure you know which subjects you need to choose to reach your goals.

Choose your subjects carefully. What you choose now is what the 2015 timetable will be
based on. If you change your mind later on the subjects you want may not be available. If
you change your mind before the end of the year let your Dean know immediately.

Reminders when choosing your course
Read the subject descriptions in this booklet carefully. Choose subjects that develop your
strengths and interests. Look ahead to see where subjects lead in your final years at school
and beyond. The Curriculum Overview at the back of this booklet will help you with this.
Discuss your choices with parents/caregivers and remember that there are many people
here who can answer your questions and help you decide on the course that is right for you.
 Deans
       o Year 11 2015 – Mr Beckett
       o Year 12 2015 – Ms Heighway
       o Year 13 2015 – Ms Bartch
 Teachers
       o Form teachers
       o Subject teachers
       o Teachers in charge of subjects – listed on page 13
 Careers staff
       o Ms Johnson
       o Ms Moran
       o Ms Allen
       o Ms Caseley
 International staff
       o Mrs Falconer
       o Ms Smith
 Māori liaison
       o Ms Allen
 Pasifika liaison
       o Ms Jones
 Senior Management Team
       o Mrs Davidson
       o Ms Coster
       o Ms Kahl
       o Ms Denzler
       o Ms Greenwood
       o Ms Pidduck
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Our vision, mission, and values
Our vision
Learning, with and through technologies, that equips students to be:
       Confident, connected, innovative, resourceful, learners.


Our mission statement
Wellington Girls’ College will prepare young women to go out into the world as independent
thinkers with respect for themselves and others, the confidence to accept and respond to
challenges, and an enduring passion for learning.


Our values
Our culture is underpinned by the following values
 High expectations, of ourselves and others, in all dimensions of school life
 Respect, for self and others, and the principles of honesty, integrity, and accountability
 Inclusion & equity, which includes embracing and celebrating diversity
 Innovation & critical thinking, leading to bold, creative and considered action
 Ecological sustainability, which includes care for the environment



Key Competencies
Key Competencies – capabilities for living and lifelong learning
 The New Zealand Curriculum (pp. 12-13) identifies five key competencies:
 thinking
 using language, symbols, and texts
 managing self
 relating to others
 participating and contributing.

People use these competencies to live, learn, work, and contribute as active members of
their communities. These competencies link directly to the school vision, mission and
values. At Wellington Girls’ College you will experience multiple opportunities to develop
these competencies regardless of the subjects you choose and the extra-curricular activities
you are involved in.




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Curriculum Design
Learning Areas – important for a broad, general education
The New Zealand Curriculum (pp. 16-33) specifies eight learning areas: English, the Arts,
Health and Physical Education, Learning Languages, Mathematics and Statistics, Science,
Social Sciences, and Technology.

In Years 9-10 students all students experience learning in each of these eight learning areas.

In Years 11-13 you have a wide range of subjects to choose from. Some of you will continue
with a broad, general course while others will begin to specialise as you approach the end of
your school years and as your ideas about future direction become clearer.

You can gain credits towards a range of recognised qualifications, and in some cases,
participate in programmes offered by workplaces and tertiary institutions. All of our Year
13 courses prepare you for tertiary study at universities or polytechnics, and to enter the
workforce.

Year 11:
 All students take English, and programmes in both Mathematics and Science
 All students choose three additional subjects to complement the English, Mathematics
   and Science programmes.
   You are free to choose the subjects that interest you most, but remember to check
   course details if you know the subjects you would like to take in Years 12 and 13 as you
   need to make sure you cover the pre-requisites now.

Year 12:
 All students take English
 All students choose five additional subjects, or four subjects and General Studies.
   You are free to choose the subjects that interest you most, but remember to check
   course details if you know the subjects you would like to take in Year 13 as you need to
   make sure you cover the pre-requisites now.
   *Pay particular attention to subjects on the approved list for University Entrance.

Year 13:
 All students choose five subjects in Year 13 and have one line of study.
   You are free to choose the subjects that interest you most, but remember to check
   requirements for tertiary courses and vocational pathways to make sure you have
   covered pre-requisites while at school.
 *Pay particular attention to subjects on the approved list for University Entrance.
   All five of your subjects must be from the approved list for entry into undergraduate
   degree programmes that require a high number of points. For entry into programmes
   that require fewer points, including polytechnic degree courses, a minimum of four
   subjects from the approved list is recommended.

NOTE: All options are dependent on numbers and staffing.



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Understanding levels: curriculum and NCEA
Years and curriculum levels
The diagram below shows how curriculum levels typically relate to years at school. Note
that many students do not necessarily fit this pattern, for example, those with special
learning needs, those who are gifted, and those who come from non-English speaking
backgrounds.

Broadly speaking, our Year 9 courses target Level 4 of the curriculum, and our Year 10
courses target Level 5 and lay the groundwork for transition to Level 6 in Year 11.
Knowledge and skills from earlier curriculum levels are reinforced within a differentiated
programme, taking account of individual learning needs in each class. Challenge and
extension at higher curriculum levels is also provided depending on individual learning
needs.

Note: Level 1 is the entry level if you are learning a language you have not learned before,
regardless of which year you are in at school.




NCEA Levels 1, 2 & 3
Standards available are organised into levels of increasing difficulty. Standards assessed at
school are usually at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Most Year 11 students start at Level 1, and progress
to Level 2 in Year 12, and Level 3 in Year 13. NCEA Level 1 aligns with curriculum level 6;
NCEA Level 2 aligns with curriculum level 7; and NCEA Level 3 with curriculum level 8.




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Senior Qualifications

National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)
NCEA is the main qualification in the senior secondary school. You are able to obtain the
NCEA from a wide range of subjects within and beyond the school curriculum. NCEA is a
broad based qualification. It encourages you to develop your particular strengths within a
well-rounded general education. All learning in the senior secondary school can generate
credits towards NCEA.
To gain NCEA Level 1 you must collect at least 80 credits, including 10 credits in
Mathematics to satisfy numeracy requirements and 10 credits in English or Te Reo to satisfy
literacy requirements.
To gain NCEA Level 2 you must collect 60 credits at Level 2 or above and an additional 20
credits at Level 1 or above, making a total of at least 80 credits. 20 Level 1 credits gained in
Year 11 may be used again for NCEA Level 2 the following year. Although there are no
literacy or numeracy requirements for NCEA Level 2, achievement in certain literacy
standards is a pre-requisite for University Entrance.
To gain NCEA Level 3 you must collect 60 credits at Level 3 or above and an additional 20
credits at Level 2 or above, making a total of 80 credits. 20 Level 2 credits gained in previous
years may be used again for NCEA Level 3. Although there are no numeracy or literacy
requirements for NCEA Level 3, there are numeracy and literacy requirements for University
Entrance. These are detailed in the University Entrance section of this booklet.

NCEA certificate endorsements:
To qualify for a merit endorsement you must achieve 50 credits at Merit or Excellence at the
same level, or higher, as the certificate being awarded.
To qualify for an excellence endorsement you must achieve 50 credits at Excellence at the
same level, or higher, as the certificate being awarded.
Note that credits can be accumulated over more than one year for the purposes of
certificate endorsement. Endorsements will be shown on the Record of Achievement.


NCEA course endorsements:
Strengths in individual courses are recognised with a course endorsement at Merit or
Excellence. To qualify for course endorsement you must:
   achieve 14 or more credits at Merit or Excellence in that course;
   achieve these 14 or more credits at Merit or Excellence in a single year;
   at least 3 of the 14 credits must be from externally assessed standards and at least 3
    from internally assessed standards. The only exceptions to this requirement are: Levels
    1, 2 & 3 Physical Education & Level 3 Visual Arts – all credits may come from internally
    assessed standards for these subjects.




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Qualifications offered in addition to NCEA

   Transition and Pathways: Kiwi Host Certificate – Year 11
   General Studies: WelTec Certificate in Customer Service Skills – Year 13
   Tourism: National Certificate in Tourism and Travel, Introductory Skills Level 2 – Year 13
   Gateway:
    Credits towards a number of nationally recognised certificates are available from outside
    providers through distance learning. Options may include:
     Certificate in Management
     Certificate in Early Childhood Education
     Certificate in Retail
     Certificate in Hospitality
     Certificate in Customer Service Skills
   STAR funded courses can offer qualifications from a variety of Industry Training
    Organisations.


Scholarship

Scholarship is an additional award available for students entering subjects at Level 3. The
intention of Scholarship is to identify and reward the very top achievers in each subject
nationwide. As it is not a qualification, credits are not collected for achievement in
Scholarship. Students have the chance of winning financial awards for study at tertiary level
based on their performance in Scholarship examinations. Detailed information regarding
Scholarship is issued to interested students each school year.

Students planning to go to university

It has become much more difficult to gain entry to some tertiary courses and to some
universities. Read this section very carefully if you are planning to go to university from
2016.
 You should see the Careers Department to confirm that you are taking the subjects that
    are required for entry to some degrees.
 Most of our universities rank students using a point system based on the quality of your
    Level 3 credits before guaranteeing you a place in their degree courses. The point
    requirements vary depending on the university and the course. An increasing number of
    courses require Level 2 or Level 3 credits from specified school subjects. You can find
    this information on university websites or by visiting the Careers Department.
 University Entrance as detailed over the page will continue to apply but should be
    considered the bare minimum.
 Universities calculate a ranking score by looking at your 80 best credits from no more
    than five approved subjects at Level 3. They allocate 2 ranking points for Achieved, 3
    for Merit, and 4 for Excellence from each credit gained.
 Because the required ranking scores for different degrees at different universities can
    change with minimal notice you need to check the Careers & Transition Department
    website frequently as well as relevant university websites.
 Pay particular attention to subjects on the approved list for University Entrance. See
    Careers staff for advice if necessary.
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o All five of your subjects must be from the approved list for entry into
             undergraduate degree programmes that require a high number of points.
        o You are advised to take a minimum of four subjects from the approved list for
             entry into programmes that require fewer points. This includes polytechnic
             degree courses.
   Note that other pathways are available for entry to some undergraduate degree courses
    if you do not achieve University Entrance or do not meet the rank score requirements.
    This is likely to involve extra study before acceptance. See Careers staff for advice and
    assistance.
   If you are thinking of taking two or more subjects NOT on the approved list you must
    make an appointment with your Dean or Careers staff.


            The only Year 13/Level 3 subjects NOT on the approved list are:
            Academic English     Applied Psychology           English Language
            Gateway       General Studies      Sports Studies         Tourism

          All other Year 13/Level 3 subjects offered at WGC are on the approved list.



University Entrance

University Entrance and NCEA Level 3 are NOT the same thing. To be awarded University
Entrance, you will need to tick all of the following boxes:


      NCEA Level 3
      60 credits at Level 3 or above, and an
      additional 20 credits at Level 2 or above,
      making a total of 80 credits.



     14 credits at                   14 credits at                  14 credits at Level
     Level 3 or higher
     in an approved
                              +      Level 3 or higher
                                     in another
                                                           +        3 or higher in a
                                                                    third approved
     subject                         approved                       subject
                                     subject


                         Numeracy                                  Literacy

              10 credits at Level 1 or above                  10 credits at Level 2 or
              in specified achievement                        above available through a
    +         standards available through a
              range of subjects; or from the
                                                    +         range of subjects made up
                                                              of 5 credits in reading and 5
              unit standards package                          credits in writing


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Numeracy & Literacy
The Dean will contact you if you are going into Year 13 and have not gained the minimum
literacy credits required for entrance to university (5 approved credits in reading; 5
approved credits in writing) and/or the minimum numeracy credits you require (10 credits
at Level 1 or above). There are a range of subjects you can take which offer the reading and
writing credits you need, and there are a range of ways in which we can support you to
achieve the numeracy credits you need. Course outlines show which standards count for UE
Literacy.
In addition to the University Entrance literacy standard applicants to Auckland University
from 2016 must have gained a minimum of 17 credits in English at Level 2 and/or Level 3. If
you do not meet this requirement but otherwise qualify for admission you are required to
pass an academic English language course during your first year of study.


Course selection: other points to note
Choose your 2015 subjects carefully. What you choose now is what the 2015 timetable
will be based on. If you change your mind later the subjects you want may not be
available.

Confirmation of subject choices – Year 12 & 13 2015
 Your initial selection of subjects is provisional.
 All subject choices are dependent on numbers and staffing.
 HODs and Deans will check your choices to see if you are on track to meet pre-
   requisites. This will be done at the end of August and again at the end of November.
   This applies to both single-level and multi-level courses.
 You will receive an email at the end of the first week of September and another at the
   end of the first week of December stating whether each of your choices has been a)
   approved, or b) whether you are not currently on track to meet pre-requisites.
 If you know in September that you are not on track to meet pre-requisites you need to
   talk to your subject teacher or HOD, and/or to the Dean for advice.
 NCEA Level 1 and NCEA Level 2 results are notified in mid-January. Check these results
   carefully. If you have still not met pre-requisites for the subjects you have chosen you
   will be notified of this on Wednesday 21 January. You must then make an appointment
   to see your Dean using the school interview system. Appointments will be available on
   Thursday 22 January and Friday 23 January 2015.
 If you want to change your course between now and the start of the new school year,
   and you meet the pre-requisites detailed in this booklet you should email the Dean
   immediately.
 If you have a subject clash the Dean will contact you.

     If you have not met subject pre-requisites once NCEA Level 1 and 2 results are
     confirmed you must make an appointment to see the Dean in person on Thursday
     22 January or Friday 23 January 2015 to finalise your course. You will book a time
     using the School Interview System. Please mark this date in your diaries now.
              If you do not follow this process you will be placed on a waitlist.
                          You may not get your preferred subjects.

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Multi-level study:
A multi-level course may be right for you. Talk to your Dean and relevant HODs if this is
something you are considering.

Placement of students in compulsory subjects:
English, Mathematics and Science are compulsory in Year 11. English is compulsory in Year
12. We want to make sure you have the chance to achieve the minimum literacy and
numeracy credits required to gain NCEA Level 1 and for entrance to university, while
keeping future pathways as open as possible.
HODs for Mathematics and Science look at your achievement data and consult with
teachers in their departments to determine the subject branches best suited to you. We
want to maximise your chances of achieving the literacy and numeracy credits you need,
while still providing you with appropriate challenge and extension.

Pre-requisites:
Check information regarding course pre-requisites very carefully. Some subjects have no
pre-requisites; others have strict pre-requisites that you must meet to be able to take that
subject. This is to ensure that you have the best chance of success as you advance to a
higher level of study. You must take this into account when making your provisional
choices.


     Check pre-requisites for all of the subjects you want to take. We will track your
     progress towards pre-requisites throughout the rest of the year and in external
     assessments. If you do not meet subject pre-requisites you will be asked to make
     alternative choices.
       Please take careful note of all information on the course confirmation process
                                 and pre-requisites above.



Additional subjects
 English Language is available at all levels for any student from a non-English speaking
   background who needs support to improve her English language skills.
 English Language Computing is available at Years 11 & 12 for English Language students
   only.
 General Studies is available at Year 12 for students who wish to study five rather than
   six subjects towards a qualification; the Year 12 course includes three study periods per
   week. It is available at Year 13 for students who wish to focus on four standard subjects
   for NCEA, while gaining extra credits towards their NCEA Level 3 certificate within the
   General Studies course; the Year 13 course includes two study periods per week.




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Course Costs & Specialist Equipment
Charges in addition to standard stationery costs are noted where relevant in this booklet, as
well as any specialist equipment you may need access to for particular courses.

So that we can plan for effective curriculum delivery we ask that you pay all course costs in
advance. We are unable to supply you with workbooks and other specialist equipment or to
confirm your participation in trips outside school until payment has been received. In cases
of hardship, please make contact with the school either via the Guidance Counsellor, the
Dean, or the Business Office.

Note that stationery lists for each year level can be accessed in the Start and end of year
folder under both the 4students and 4parents tabs on WGC4me. Stationery lists for 2015
will be available in this folder in early December.



BYOD – Bring Your Own Device
We strongly recommend that you bring your own internet-capable device to school for
learning. This could be a chromebook, ultrabook, laptop, or other device. Note that a
smartphone is not a suitable device as it does not have the functionality required for many
of the BYOD uses outlined below.

Wellington Girls’ College is a Google Apps school. This means you can access email,
calendar and documents for collaborative learning anytime and anywhere. You do this via
our Learning Management System, WGC4me. WGC4me is the springboard to Google Apps
and to all your courses as well as to a range of information and help topics under the
4students tab. Take time to explore WGC4me regularly until you are familiar with it and can
find what you need exactly when you need it.

Our vision is for learning with and through technologies, that equips students to be
confident, connected, innovative, resourceful learners. Your device has a big part to play in
this process and you will use it for many purposes. You will use it for research; for making
and managing notes; for completing assignments and projects; for creating and sharing
presentations; to connect and collaborate with others in your class, in your school and
beyond; to create a portfolio of your work in certain subject areas; and to reflect on what
you are learning and what your next steps will be. Along the way you will also discover for
yourself other ways in which your device can support your learning.

You and your parents can find information on BYOD@WGC in the IT and BYOD folder under
both the 4students and 4parents tabs on WGC4me.




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Subjects Available in Years 11, 12, 13 for NCEA & other qualifications
                            Year 11                    Year 12                     Year 13             To discuss contact:
                     Art: Visual Art           Art: History of Art        Art: Design             Ms Labrum
                                                Art: Photography           Art: History of Art
                                                Art: Visual Art            Art: Painting
Arts




                                                                            Art: Photography
                     Dance                     Dance                      Dance                   Ms Heighway
                     Drama                     Drama                      Drama                   Ms Steele
                     Music                     Music                      Music                   Ms Sutherland
                     English                   English                    English                 Mr Henderson
English




                     English Language          English Language           English Language        Mrs Falconer
                     English Language          English Language           Academic English
                      Literacy                   Literacy
                                                                       
Health




                      Physical Education         Physical Education          Physical Education      Mrs Parish & Ms
PE &




                                                Sports Studies             Sports Studies          Chisholm
                     Te Reo Māori              Te Reo Māori               Te Reo Māori            Ms Gibbons
                     Chinese                   Chinese                    Chinese                 Ms Wang
Languages




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Learning Area – Arts
Art: Design – Year 13                                                              13DS
                                                         Qualification available: NCEA Level 3
Year 13 Design is a practical Visual Art course. You will complete projects and assessments
using a wide range of hand-crafted and digital media. You will also cover the development
of individual concepts and writing of design briefs. These will be informed by a range of
established national and international designers and artists. Much of the year is spent on
personal folio development.
Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course
Pre-requisites: Year 12 Visual Art internal Achievement Standard or by negotiation with
Head of Department
Likely course cost: Printing costs $80; materials $30; folio boards, tape $30
Specialist equipment: Personal art materials; portable data storage device (4GB or more),
A3 spiral bound art journal
Leads to: Tertiary study

Art: History of Art – Year 12                                                      12AH
                                                       Qualification available: NCEA Level 2
This course aims to give you the confidence to understand art works and the significance
behind their creation and existence. At the conclusion of this course you will be able to
recognise artistic styles and develop an appreciation of meanings and influences, as well as
the historical context behind the art works. There are two areas of study: The ‘Towards
Modernism (1780-1900)’ topic will investigate 19 Century European Art through the study
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of painting, sculpture and architecture. This is followed by the ‘Aotearoa and the Pacific
(1800-1950)’ topic. Here you will examine early Māori and European Art through to an
understanding of Regionalist styles and Modern New Zealand Art.
Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course
Likely course cost: Occasional entry to exhibitions
Specialist equipment: A4 refill paper or hard-cover book
Leads to: Year 13 Art History

Art: History of Art – Year 13                                                      13AH
                                                        Qualification available: NCEA Level 3
This course enables you to examine art from a variety of cultures from past to the present
day. You will assess the values attached to ‘Art’ and learn to ‘read’ works by interpreting
content, style, techniques and ideas; recognising the characteristics of specific movements.
You will learn about the historical context which gave rise to these art works, discovering
how the political, economic, social, philosophical factors influence the thinking of each era.
A range of art movements and themes will be studied which include: ‘Early Modernism
1900-1940’ covering French, Italian, Dutch and German art.
Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course
Pre-requisites: Level 2 literacy
Likely course cost: Occasional entry to exhibitions
Leads to: Tertiary study

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Art: Painting – Year 13                                                            13PA
                                                        Qualification available: NCEA Level 3
Year 13 Painting is a practical Visual Arts course. You will complete projects and
Achievement Standards using a wide range of media and covering a range of drawing and
painting approaches in two and three dimensions. These will be informed by the study and
interpretation of established national and international artists. Much of the year is spent on
individual folio development.
Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course
Pre-requisites: Year 12 Visual Art external Achievement Standard (folio) or by negotiation
with the Head of Department
Likely course cost: Folio boards, tape, courier $30; materials $40,
Specialist equipment: A variety of personal materials, as appropriate to individual students
Leads to: Tertiary study


Art: Photography – Year 12                                                         12PH
                                                      Qualification available: NCEA Level 2
Year 12 Photography is a practical course that teaches the technical foundations of digital
photography as well as creative thinking and research skills. The internally assessed
Achievement Standards explore both studio based and location based photography, which
are designed to extend your inventiveness and ability to produce high quality, artistic
images. You will learn camera operations and the use of computer skills for image
manipulation and processing. An externally assessed folio submission is produced
comprising of subject matter and pictorial approaches defined by the student and
supported by research and workbook inquiry.
Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course
Likely course cost: Printing costs approximately $40; paper fee $20; double sided tape and
folio board $15
Specialist equipment: Compact or SLR digital camera that is capable of full manual control.
 A3 spiral bound art journal. Portable data storage device (4 GB or more)
Leads to: Year 13 Photography

Art: Photography – Year 13                                                         13PH
                                                        Qualification available: NCEA Level 3
Year 13 Photography enables you to extend your photographic knowledge from Level 2. You
will continue to learn from a range of established artists and how to apply this to your own
photographic projects.
The programme develops your abilities in both the technical and artistic aspects of
photography and promises to be exciting and challenging as you define your approach to a
range of photographic genre. The aim of the course is to provide you with opportunities to
extend your skills and analytical ability as well as explore a variety of photographic
approaches.
Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course
Pre-requisites: NCEA Level 2 Photography external Achievement Standard or by negotiation
with the Head of Department
Likely course cost: Printing costs approximately $80; Materials $15; Double sided tape and
folio board, courier $30


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Specialist equipment: Compact or SLR digital camera that is capable of full manual control.
A3 spiral bound art journal. Portable data storage device (4 GB or more)
Leads to: Tertiary study


Art: Visual Art – Year 11                                                          11AT
                                                        Qualification available: NCEA Level 1
The Year 11 programme focuses on Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, and covers a wide
range of mixed media approaches. You will build upon personal ideas and learn to develop
and extend your creative imagination. You will also study and interpret the works of
established national and international artists, who will in turn help inform your major folio
submission.
Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course
Pre-requisites: Year 10 Art or by negotiation with the Head of Department
Likely course cost: Folio boards $10; personal art materials approximately $30
Specialist equipment: Personal art materials
Leads to: Year 12 Visual Art


Art: Visual Art – Year 12                                                          12AT
                                                        Qualification available: NCEA Level 2
This programme encourages the exploration of a range of approaches to prepare you for the
specialised areas of Year 13 Visual Arts. You will complete Painting and Design internal
Achievement Standards, and one external Achievement Standard portfolio in the discipline
of your choice. This course focuses on developing your creative thinking and artistic skills.
You will study and apply the approaches of a range of contemporary established artists in
both fields and these in turn will inform your major folio submission. Within the Design
course you will explore digital media as well as hand-crafted techniques.
Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course
Pre-requisites: Year 11 Visual Art, Achievement Standard 1.4 (folio) or by negotiation with
the Head of Department
Likely course cost: Folio boards $10; personal art materials approximately $30; also allow
for printing charges which are deducted automatically from a personal printer balance
Specialist equipment: Personal art materials from stationery list
Leads to: Year 13 Painting and/or Design


Dance – Year 11                                                                    11DA
                                                         Qualification available: NCEA Level 1
In this course you will explore and investigate a variety of dance genres. You will develop
technical dance skills, strength and creativity through a combination of practical and written
work. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the dance elements and how
these can be applied and analysed.
You will also have the opportunity to develop your choreographic skills through a range of
tasks for duos and small groups.
An integral part of this course is developing your knowledge of dance through research,
exploration and performance. You will demonstrate your understanding through written
analysis and evaluation.
Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course

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Likely course cost: Up to $50 to attend a live performance and $20 for
performance/choreography workshops
Specialist equipment: Appropriate footwear
Note: It is expected that you wear a black singlet/t-shirt and black three quarter length
dance pants or leggings for lessons
Leads to: Year 12 Dance


Dance – Year 12                                                                    12DA
                                                        Qualification available: NCEA Level 2
In this course you will study a number of dance genres in depth. You will develop and
extend your technique in these genres and apply your understanding of the dance elements
in a range of creative tasks. You will also further your understanding of choreography and
demonstrate this by communicating an intention for a solo/duet performance. Throughout
the course there will be opportunity for you to showcase your dance skills in group
performances. An integral part of this course is to extend your analysis, investigation and
evaluation of dance performance and a chosen dance genre in context.
Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course
Pre-requisites: NCEA Level 1 Dance or by negotiation with the TIC
Likely course cost: Up to $50 to attend a live performance and $20 for
performance/choreography workshops
Specialist equipment: Appropriate footwear
Note: It is expected that you wear a black singlet/t-shirt and black three-quarter length
dance pants or leggings.
Leads to: Year 13 Dance


Dance – Year 13                                                                    13DA
                                                     Qualification available: NCEA Level 3
In this course you will produce a dance to effectively realize your chosen concept,
interpreting your ideas through production, design and performance. You will refine your
skills as a choreographer, applying your knowledge to competently realise an intention.
Throughout this course you will have the chance to showcase your dance skills in both
individual and group performances.
An integral part of this course is to refine your knowledge of dance to critically analyse,
interpret and evaluate a dance performance and also demonstrate an in depth
understanding of the development of dance in New Zealand.
To take part in this course you will need to demonstrate that you have already reached a
minimum level of technique in a specific type of dance, which could include ballet, tap, jazz,
contemporary, hip hop, etc.
Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course
Note: Entrance to the course will be by audition in Term 3. It is recommended that you
have completed at least two years of dance training in any genre.
Likely course cost: Up to $50 to attend a live performance and $20 for
performance/choreography workshops
Specialist equipment: Appropriate footwear
Leads to: Tertiary study


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Drama – Year 11                                                                    11DR
                                                       Qualification available: NCEA Level 1
In this course you have ample opportunity to work with others sharing and exploring ideas
using a range of contexts. You will continue to develop your own understanding of how to
apply drama elements, conventions, techniques and technologies to your performances.
You will perform a role in scripted and in your own created work. You will also study a play
which is significant to the development of theatre and perform an acting role to an invited
audience in a production. The dates for no more than two performances outside of school
hours are given the start of your school year. There will be practical assessments of
performances, in-class workshops, and expected involvement in lessons. You are expected
to produce written assessments include research assignments, reviews, essays and
journaling.
Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course
Likely course cost: Up to $60 including cost of texts and a visit to a local Wellington
performance
Leads to: Year 12 Drama

Drama – Year 12                                                                    12DR
                                                        Qualification available: NCEA Level 2
In this course you explore ideas using a range of contexts. You continue to develop your
own understanding of drama elements, conventions, techniques and technologies, and
perform a role in scripted and your own created work. In class you study a play which is
significant to the development of theatre and perform an acting role in a scripted
production. In this course you develop a wider understanding of the history of theatre and
its influences on drama. There will be practical assessments of performances, in-class
workshops, and involvement in lessons. You will also be expected to produce written
assessments including research assignments, reviews, essays and journaling. You need to be
well-organised and demonstrate a willingness to be available for out of class rehearsals.
Dates for evening performances will be given at the start of the school year.
Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course
Pre-requisites: Level 1 Drama; or at the discretion of the HOD
Likely course cost: Up to $60 including cost of texts and a visit to a local Wellington
performance
Leads to: Year 13 Drama

Drama – Year 13                                                                    13DR
                                                        Qualification available: NCEA Level 3
In this course you explore ideas using a range of contexts. You must demonstrate willingness
to research and develop your ideas thoroughly. The course allows you to develop your own
strengths by giving you a choice of assessment standards based on a number of shared
contexts. You need to be well-organised and demonstrate a willingness to be available for
out of class rehearsals. This is a demanding course which requires a lot of self-management
skills. In class you are given opportunities to learn more about the history of theatre and
theatre forms. You are expected to see at least two live performances and critique them
throughout the year. There will be practical assessments of your own performances to a live
audience, in-class workshops, and involvement in lessons. You will also be expected to


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