Foundation and Junior Certificate of Educational Achievement
Year 9 Health and Physical Education
Students bring their prior learning in Health & Physical Education and build strong and trusting learning communities at Rotorua Girls High. Students participate in a variety of different activities for learning through, movement and health-related issues. Our learning relationships between students and the teacher (whanaungatanga), are fundamental to all learning. dialogue. Movement and thinking form the basis of our programme for relevant, safe, varied, and inclusive learning experiences. Our programme promotes culture, sport, and academic achievement.
Year 10 Health and Physical Education
Students build further on their prior learning in Health & Physical Education and enjoy learning and movement in strong and trusting learning communities at Rotorua Girls High School. Students participate in a variety of different activities for learning through movement and health-related issues. In preparing students for NCEA Level 1, we promote quality learning environments with high expectations for thinking, conversing, and learning. Students are challenged and assisted to become ‘thinking’ learners so that the transition into NCEA Level 1 is not too much of a challenge. Students are then ready to start Level 1 learning with confidence and are encouraged to aim for excellence.
Senior School NCEA
Year 11 Physical Education and Health (11PEH)
Physical Education and Health is a combined class this year with students selecting Individual Learning Programmes (ILP) that allows them to select a course of study that they are interested in. Learning with positive relationships allows students to treasure and support each other in learning process. All students have access to meaningful assessment opportunities as part of the learning so that they can work towards their overall academic goal of 80 credits at NCEA Level 1. This comes in a number of forms which are aimed at the student’ abilities and needs and challenge our higher performers. The quality of the learning environment in Year 11 promotes students to aim for excellence in both their learning and their various assessment tasks. Practical based learning is promoted, allowing students to be physically active throughout the programme.
Year 12 Physical Education and Health (12PEH)
Physical Education and Health is a combined class this year with students selecting Individual Learning Programmes (ILP) that allows them to select a course of study that they are interested in. As well as Physical Education and Health achievement standards, students will be able to choose from Outdoor recreation, Early Childhood and Driver Education unit standards. Students build further on their learning habits and enjoy learning in a variety of settings. Higher order thinking skills and leadership become priority in, through, and about movement so that students develop deep understanding of the movement world we live in. Students are challenged to think about movement (leisure, sport & physical activity) from a variety of perspectives, not just their own. Looking into who or what groups influence movement in Aotearoa/New Zealand becomes a strong focus. Sociological themes are also explored. All students have access to meaningful assessment opportunities as part of the learning, so that they can work towards their overall academic goal of 80 credits at NCEA Level 2.
Year 13 Physical Education and Health (13PEH)
Physical Education and Health is a combined class this year with students selecting Individual Learning Programmes (ILP) that allows them to select a course of study that they are interested in. As well as Physical Education and Health achievement standards, students will be able to choose from Coaching, Sports Injuries, Tramping and Diving unit standards. It is crucial that students are aware of University Entrance requirements and ensure that their course of study matches what they intend to do in 2017.As students work towards their University Entrance and NCEA Level 3, Physical Education students engage in high order thinking through research and analysis of the movement world we live in. Through movement and the application of thinking skills, students evaluate what movement is valued in our society today and learn to predict patterns, trends, and consequences of certain stereotypes, assumptions, and habits of our society. All students have access to meaningful assessment opportunities as part of the learning so that they can work towards their overall academic goal of 80 credits at NCEA Level 3 and 14 credits at Merit and Excellence to endorse in Physical Education.
Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!
Year Nine Dance Rotations
During the year each Year 9 class will experience a ‘taste’ of what Dance has to offer as a subject at Rotorua Girls’ High School. During the 9-10 week rotation students will learn basic choreographic techniques, improve their confidence in creative and performance based tasks, build positive relationships between their peers and experience a range of dance genres.
Year Ten Dance
Students work on creating Group Creative Dances to perform to the class, using the elements of dance, along with Choreographic Principles.
During Term Two students learn three – four different genres of Dance: Tap, Ballet, Jazz & Partner Dance styles. They choose one genre to perform for their assessment along with creating a written theory brochure about the genre to help inform others.
In Term Three students work on putting together a dance show. From the initial concept and group collaborative choreography of a street dance / hip hop dance style, students are responsible for all aspects of performance including MC’s, lighting, music and costumes. Students also learn a teacher choreographed hip hop / street dance piece that they perform as a whole class.
During Term Four, students work towards NCEA Preparation for Level One Dance, by completing preparation theory tasks to introduce NCEA Dance theory aspects, resulting in a Year 10 Dance exam. They also experience Contemporary genre of dance, alongside working with props to communicate choreographic intentions.
Senior Dance Programme
Years 11-13 Dance students will have the opportunity to learn and be assessed in a range of both practical and theory achievement standards. Students will be involved in performing and choreographing dance routines for assessment.
Dance fosters innovation and risk-taking. It encourages students to break free from the “rules” of learning to really think on their feet and find new methods of expression.
Dance prepares students for a wide variety of real-world situations and allows students to learn to be responsive and adapt to different learning situations.
Dance teaches skills for project management and people management, working to task briefs and deadlines, utilising technologies, and problem solving.
Dance celebrates the learner as they share the stories of their whānau, their past, their traditions, and beliefs. They learn by engaging with their culture and understanding the many other cultures around them.
Students build relationships through dance as they work with others and negotiate outcomes. They participate and contribute to their own and others’ learning, successes, and challenges.
In dance, students explore their ideas, thoughts, and emotions in a safe social and fun environment.
In Dance, there is the opportunity to work cross curricular with other subjects to complete assessments.
Rotorua Girls High School offers a range of musical opportunities. The Music Department is a standalone building with a walkway connecting it to the Performing Arts Centre. It is well resourced with a large classroom, a large ensemble/performance room, a recording studio and six practice studios.
Our students begin their musical programme in Year 9. All Year 9 students get the opportunity to take Music for a 9 week rotation. In Year 10, students can take it as an option subject. Music is offered up to NCEA Level 3 to include performance, composition and music knowledge. BYOD is encouraged greatly for all music students, as it opens up an amazing world of resources to our students.
The Music Itinerant Programme offers students music lessons on a variety of instruments and vocal lessons at no cost. We provide lessons to all students at school.
Our school enjoys participating in many extra-curricular activities, Talent Quests, the annual Joint School Production with Rotorua Boys High School, Smokefree Rockquest, New Zealand Arias and many more.
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