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Junior Programme


Our Mission

Our mission for our junior students is to provide a programme in which each student is given a broad and sound foundation in order to develop her personal and interpersonal skills, and to assist her in building meaningful relationships with God, with self, with others, with society and with the environment. The Junior Programme of learning provides each student with an appropriate level of challenge and support, so that she can develop the necessary skills and strategies to equip her for the academic rigour of the senior school.

Year 9 Programme of Learning

At Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, each student is placed in a class that will best suit her learning needs. This class placement is based on her placement test results, information from contributing schools and any further information that is required. All classes are challenging, and at Dio, students are expected to maximise their learning opportunities. Year 9 girls find out which class they are in at the start of the school year, and a letter will be emailed to you by the last week of January to confirm your daughter’s programme of learning.

Mission of the Junior Programme of Learning at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls
To provide a programme in which each student is given a broad and sound foundation in order to develop her personal and interpersonal skills, and to assist her in building meaningful relationships with God, with self, with others, with society, and with the environment. The Junior Programme of Learning will also provide each student with an appropriate level of challenge and support so that she can develop the necessary skills and learning strategies to equip her for the academic rigour of the senior school. 

The curriculum at Year 9 is designed to give students a sound foundation of content and skills, and to enable them to make informed subject selections as they move through the senior school.

A) All students study the following subjects through the entire year:
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Physical Education & Health
  • Base 9 (our own transition to secondary school programme)

B] All students study Religious Education for one term.

C] All students also study three of the following subjects as foundation modules during the year including at least one arts subject and one technology subject:

Arts
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music

Technology
  • Design and Visual Communication
  • Fashion and Design
  • Food Technology
D] All students follow a curriculum-enhancement programme which includes:
  • ICT
  • Tikanga Māori

E] Year 9 students study one language for the entire year unless they are on an individualised learning programme. Students choose from one of the following:
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Te Reo Māori
Students who require extra literacy support will do so instead of studying a language.  This will be at the discretion of the HOD Learning Support and in consultation with parents/caregivers.

Your daughter's first language selection cannot be guaranteed due to timetabling constraints and the viability of running courses with small class numbers. However, we will endeavour to cater for everyone’s preferred choices.  If you have questions about courses, please contact the Junior Curriculum Co-ordinator, Mrs Karen Calver kcalver@wdsg.school.nz 

Options Selection Year 9 2018                             

Option selections for 2018 can be completed online. If you find the online process particularly difficult, please email Penny Weinberg at pweinberg@wdsg.school.nz 

Below are some details about Year 9 Arts and Technology Foundation Modules to assist you in making choices.

Art
During the Visual Art foundation module, a range of activities are explored with students learning about drawing, painting and printmaking conventions. Emphasis is placed on learning skills that will enable the students to express themselves with clarity and confidence when producing their own artworks.

Dance
Students will cover the Dance elements by choreographing their own dance using earth, fire, air and water as the inspiration. Students will also look at the history of Dance and learn a cultural or social dance from anywhere in the world, which they will perform.

Students will explore the techniques of basic mime and object mime, combining them to create a mix of mime, narrative and music on stage in a live music video. Students will also take a brief look at the influence of Shakespeare and learn stage combat for a reinterpreted performance of a scene from Romeo and Juliet. The Drama module focuses on developing the skills of confidence, communication, and creativity as well as specific performance techniques.

Music
Year 9 Music explores aspects of composition, performance, theory and music history in order to give students a chance to be creative and challenge their artistic side through a short but busy music course.This course prepares pupils to be creative problem solvers, to work as individuals and as members of a team, to participate in tomorrow's rapidly changing technologies and to enjoy expressing their ideas using a wide range of media. Students are engaged in using computer-aided design, sketching and manufacturing to communicate their unique ideas.

Design and Visual Communication
This course prepares pupils to be creative problem solvers, to work as individuals and as members of a team, to participate in tomorrow's rapidly changing technologies and to enjoy expressing their ideas using a wide range of media. Students are engaged in using computer-aided design, sketching and manufacturing to communicate their unique ideas.

Fashion and Design
This course is an opportunity to develop and experiment with textile technology through the use of the design process. Students will experiment and be innovative in this process to complete a finished product which demonstrates a variety of textile techniques.

Food Technology
This course develops knowledge and skills related to food hygiene, preparation, cooking, serving, and processing. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding in order to produce healthy outcomes. They will develop technological knowledge and will design a food product to meet a brief. 

Year 10

In many ways, Year 10 is a very important year in a student's education. The skills gained, opportunities taken and experiences enjoyed will lay a foundation for academic, physical, cultural, creative and spiritual success through the rest of a student's schooling. 

At Year 10 a student:
  • Makes subject choices that provide some specialisation and preparation for NCEA
  • Takes a wide range of subjects that keep options open
  • Builds on essential knowledge and understanding in the different learning areas
  • Consolidates effective learning and study habits
  • Experiences assessment designed to demonstrate achievement and inform further learning needs, with emphasis on self-evaluation and goal setting
  • Extends herself in particular areas of talent or interest across the curriculum and beyond the classrooms
  • Sets goals about the future, based on talents, interests and passions
  • Has a special focus on thinking ethically and responsibly about technology, society and personal health
  • Takes responsibility for self in all areas of school life
  • Challenges her personal, physical and spiritual strength at Year 10 camp
  • Gets involved in school life through House events, chapel and assembly, sports, arts and cultural groups; takes opportunities to participate and lead
  • Has a voice in school governance through the Student Council and links  with student leaders and teachers
  • Continues their spiritual journey in keeping with the Anglican character of the school
  • Develops a global conscience though participating in school-sponsored service programmes, and through interacting with a range of faiths, cultures and international experiences.