Middle Years Curriculum & Options

Years 7 & 8

Students in Y7 and Y8 follow the core learning areas of numeracy, literacy, science, health & physical education and social sciences as well as visual arts, drama and dance which are taught as part of an integrated learning programme by homeroom teachers within a modern learning environment.

These learning programmes are designed to be varied and intellectually stimulating, actively engaging, within a diverse range of learning styles. Students have opportunities to engage with issues within their local communities and further afield.  We also offer a mixture of specialisation subjects with the main focus being on the technologies i.e. Food, Fabric, Woodwork, Music, Metalwork and Te Reo.  Students will also have one 'choice' option block per term where they will choose an option to explore with other students in a mixed level group of year 7-9 students.

Students will develop ICT skills for using their own devices which will facilitate and enhance their learning across all areas.The foundation of learning in Y7 and Y8 is through a strong homeroom based programme in which students have the opportunity to build positive relationships with their homeroom teachers.

It is expected that all of our students in years seven to 13 will bring their own digital device to school each day to assist with their learning.

pdf Menu Of Subjects Y7 10 2017 (57 KB)

Year 9

A key component of the delivery to students in Y9 is through a core of two teachers who form a Learning Team for each homeroom. This allows for a regular forum for professional conversations on learning, curriculum and student welfare for each home room. 

Students in Y9 study the following full year learning programmes – English with Social Applications, Mathematics & Statistics, Science and Physical Education and Health and where possible these are taught as an integrated learning programme. On a rotational basis, all students will undertake study in Te Reo, Food and Nutrition, Music, Art, Drama, Dance, Computing and Graphics. In addition to this they will be able to make choices from Fabric, Metal, Wood, Te Reo Mãori, Kapa Haka, (Te Ao Mãori) and Japanese on half or full year basis. Students will also have one 'choice' option block per term where they will choose an option to explore with other students in a mixed level group of year 7-9 students.

It is expected that all of our students in years seven to 13 will bring their own digital device to school each day to assist with their learning.

Students in year nine will take the following five full year learning programmes:

Year 10

Students in Y10 will take the following six full year learning programmes – English, Science, Mathematics & Statistics, Social Studies, Physical Education and Health and four options drawn from any of the following which also run for the whole year:  Visual Art, Food and Nutrition, Sports Academy, Design Technology (metal or wood), Te Reo Mãori, Music, Fabric Technology, Computing, Design and Visual Communication, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts Technology, Media Studies and Japanese.

Note: The number of students choosing an option and teacher availability will determine whether the option will proceed.

 Students in year 10 will take the following six full year learning programmes:

and four options drawn from any of the following which also run for the whole year:

Note: The number of students choosing an option and teacher availability will determine whether the option will proceed.

pdf Option Form y10k17v2 (125 KB)

Pathways & Programme Guide Years 7-10

pdf Pathways and Programme Guide Y7-10 2017 (540 KB)

Bring your own device specifications

MBAS BYO Devices Specs

School and Subject Fees

School fees and subject recovery fees are set at the begining of each academic year and can be paid in a variety of ways. Please contact our school Financial Administrator, Daine Blofield on 07 8665916 for further information. Please see International Students Fees for information about additional costs for international students.

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