Junior Curriculum

Staff of Te Puke High School have carried out an extensive review of the research into effective learning for 21st Century learners.  This review focused on our rapidly changing world and how to best prepare our students for success when they leave our school so that they are adaptable, innovative, creative problem solvers who can make the most of the challenges and opportunities in their ever-changing world.

As a result of this study, the junior curriculum at Te Puke High School has been redesigned to improve our junior students’ engagement in more meaningful and relevant learning that meets their needs.  Central to these changes is an integrated approach to learning and personalising learning through inquiry. This will enable all our student to engage in opportunities to extend their learning, enabling them to develop a deeper understanding of the concepts being taught.

The timetable for our Year 9 and 10 students is comprised of Themes, Spins and Foci.

Instead of the traditional approach of students learning where subjects are taught in isolation, our Year 9 and 10 student learn ‘core subjects’ in a cross-curricular approach under Themes.

Spins (special interest subjects), which were traditional called ‘options’ provide our junior students with opportunities to learn Technology, the Arts and Languages.

In addition, students will be able to study Foci which give them the opportunity to carry out deep learning on subjects that interest them, which may not have been available to them previously.

Through making these changes, the intention is for Te Puke High School students to fulfil the vision of the New Zealand Curriculum to be confident, connected and actively involved lifelong learners.


At Year 9, students select 8 subjects from the following options.  Each subject will run for a quarter of the year.


At Year 10, students select 4 subjects from the following options.  Each subject will run for half the year.


 Note: Subjects may vary each year depending on class numbers and timetabling.