Dargaville High School is required to implement its curriculum in accordance with the priorities set out in the National Education Goals and the National Administration Guidelines. The basic outlines of the New Zealand curriculum are identified in New Zealand Curriculum PDF (7mb). The Ministry of education site provides introductions to what students learn at school, and information about the New Zealand curriculum.
Year 9 Subjects
This full-year core subject develops skills in all six areas of the national English curriculum – reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and presenting.
This full-year core subject reinforces concepts learned at primary and intermediate level, and builds on them.
This full-year core subject strongly emphasizes participation and involvement. All students participate in Physical Education lessons and if necessary a special programme is devised to meet an individual student’s needs.
The aim of Social Studies is to enable students to participate in a changing society as informed, confident and responsible citizens. Social Studies is a compulsory course in both Years 9 and 10. It leads on to senior studies in History, Geography and Economics.
Science is the first year of a junior core programme which looks at the way the world works.
The course aims to fulfill national curriculum guidelines in science.
Year 9 Additional Subjects
The health module covers the topics of Sexuality Education, Drug and Alcohol Education, within the total health concept of Hauora.
The music module provides students with practical music making activities and an introduction to music appreciation and history. Some instrumental tuition is available free of charge.
In this module students develop painting skills based on colour theory; this will also embrace elements of Art History and appreciation.
Year 9 Technology comes in the form of different modules, each one focusing on a different aspect of technology. The different modules could involve Materials, Food, ICT and electronics.
Maori Language & Maori Studies
This option aims to foster whanaungatanga (relationships) and enable students to understand Maori language, Ngata Whatua values, attitudes and behaviour; to grow in their ability to understand and speak Maori and to develop a respect for the Maori language and protocol.
This subject introduces students to the language and culture of Japan. Students will learn to speak and understand conversational Japanese and develop a platform for further study.
Year 10 Subjects
For a comprehensive outline of subjects download 2022 Year 10 Subject Options
Please fill in the Year 10 Option Choices form: Year 10 Subject Option Choices Form
Available subjects for Year 10 are listed below.
|Te Reo Maori||Nga Toi (Performing Arts)||Japanese||Humanities|
|Graphics||Creative Textiles||Physical Education||Health|
|Nutrition/Food Technology||Information Management Technology||Design & Technology Multi-Materials||Workshop Materials Technology (pre-trades)|
Year 11 Subjects
For a comprehensive outline of subjects download the updated 2021 Senior Subject Options Book. Available subjects are listed below. There is the possibility of video conferencing and correspondence courses in Year 11.
Please fill in the Year 11 Option Choices form: Year 11 Option Choices Form
|English||Mathematics or Mathematics Applied||Accounting||Economics|
|English Studies||Geography||History||Science |
|Graphics||Information Management||Physical Education & Sport||Health|
|Textile Technology||Food & Nutrition||Hospitality||Environmental Studies|
|Hard Materials Technology||Working in Hard Materials||Gateway Work Experience||Distance Learning - various|
Year 12 Subjects
For a comprehensive outline of subjects download the Subject Information Guide. Available subjects for Year 12 is listed below. There is the possibility of video conferencing and correspondence courses in Year 12.
Please fill in the Year 12 Option form: Year 12 Subject Option Choices Form
|Mathematics with Applications||Mathematics Alternatice Level 2||Visual Arts||History with Art History|
|Drama||Music||Phys Ed Sport/Health||Phys Ed Sport & Recreation |
Physical Education NCEA
|Travel & Tourism||Young Enterprise Scheme||Biology||Chemistry|
|Environmental Science||Computer Studies||Graphics||Hard Materials Technology|
|Automotice Engineering||Textile Technology||Home Economics||Hospitality|
|Childcare||Distance Learning||Gateway Work Experience||Peer Support Leadership|
Year 13 Subjects
For a comprehensive outline of subjects download the 2022 Senior Subject Options. Available subjects for Year 13 is listed below. There is the possibility of video conferencing and correspondence courses in Year 13.
Please fill in the Year 13 Option form: Year 13 Subject Option Form
|Mathematics with Calculus||Mathematics with Statistics & Modelling||Visual Arts||Art History|
|Music||Physical Education Sport||Physical Education NCEA||Economics|
|History||Geography||Travel & Tourism||Biology|
|Chemistry||Physics||Computer Studies||Hard Materials Technology|
|Home Economics||Hospitality||Distance Learning||Gateway Work Experience|
|Peer Support Leadership||Japanese|