Year 9 & 10 Curriculum

In Year 9 and 10 five core subjects are compulsory and are taught for the full year. Five optional subjects are selected by the students and are offered for a trimester each. Health is compulsory and is the sixth subject which is taken during one trimester.

Full Year Courses



Physical Education


Social Studies


Semester Courses

Creative Industries (Drama / Dance) Digital Technology
Enterprise Studies Food Technology
Horticulture Material Technology
Metal Technology Music
Te Reo Maori Visual Art
Wood Technology


Celebrating Excellence

Te Kauwhata College is proud of its successes and enjoys celebrating student achievement through a number of prizegiving ceremonies. Sporting excellence is recognised in our annual Sports Awards Evening which is held in November. An Arts Excellence Awards Evening is held in October which is also an opportunity for students to showcase their artistic talents. A Junior Prizegiving is held on the last day of the school year.

Year 9 and 10 students have the opportunity to gain a Junior Diploma at an Achieved (Bronze), Merit (Silver) or Excellence (Gold) level, based on their attendance, effort and commitment to learning.  First in Subject awards are also presented, as well as a Cup for the Top Student in Year 9 and in Year 10.


Reporting and Parent/Teacher Interviews

Reports giving information about students’ progress are issued in March, June and December.  We also arrange parent/teacher interview evenings during the year.

Teachers and Deans are happy to meet with parents/caregivers at other times throughout the year to discuss any particular concerns they may have about their students.