Westlake Girls' High School Online Course Selection

 Incoming Year 9 2022 subject selection is now open for you.  

Instructions on how to do this can be found here

2022 Subject selection for current students in Years 9-12 has now closed.  

If you have missed making your selections, please contact your Dean immediately or email your selections to [email protected]

All courses are available to view via Learning Areas.

All current students will have individual course counselling in Term 4. 

Our course structure has been designed to provide the widest possible flexibility in course choice, and should the need arise, provide opportunities for pursuing courses at more than one level in the same year. The courses cater for students who are planning to go to university, polytechnic, or other tertiary institutions or trades and also for students who are planning to enter the workforce at the end of Year 12 or Year 13.

Please note that most NCEA courses have recommendations in place to ensure success for learners.  This is a move from prerequisites previously used for placement. Should a learner not meet the recommendations in place, either for achievement reasons (following their Entrance Examinations) or because they wish to take a new subject previously not studied, learners will need to complete an online request which can be found on the school website and on the Year Level Google Classroom. 

 Heads of Departments will review any requests and either accept or decline them. A Head of Department may request a discussion with a learner to support their decision. 

If the subject is a new one then students should make the request prior to entering their subject selections.

Westlake Girls High School offers a range of career-related courses that complement our conventional subjects. These courses almost always offer Standards for one or more national qualifications. It is important to take advantage of the opportunities for advice which the school provides as you plan your courses for the coming year. Please visit the Careers Department and make an appointment to see Ms Bickerstaffe or Mrs James if you need help or advice in planning for your future.

The following information is designed to help you achieve to your potential, reach your goals and enjoy a successful year at Westlake Girls High School in Year 10, 11, 12 or 13.

Year 10 Student Requirements

Students must study 8 subjects.
English is compulsory.
Mathematics & Statistics is compulsory.
Science subject is compulsory.
Social Studies is compulsory.
Physical Education & Health is compulsory.
And a selection of Languages, Creative Arts, Financial Capabilities, and Technology.

Year 11 Student Requirements

Students must study 6 subjects.
English is compulsory.
Mathematics & Statistics is compulsory.
A Science subject is compulsory.
3 more subjects.

Year 12 Student Requirements

Students must study 6 subjects.
English is compulsory.
5 more subjects.

Year 13 Student Requirements

Students must study 5 subjects, plus one study or six subjects if discussed and approved by deans.
Students intending to go to University should check requirements as described on the NZQA website or in the University Entrance from NCEA section of this booklet.

All students are required to choose a backup subject.

New Zealand Scholarship

Students who excel academically may also enter for a New Zealand Scholarship (as well as NCEA Level 2 or 3) in 1 or more subjects.
The content of the Scholarship course is determined by the department. In most cases, the scholarship sessions are taught before or after school.
All assessments are in the form of a Scholarship examination at the end of the year. 

How to select your courses:

The steps to follow in selecting your subjects for next year are

1. Do your research on the subjects you might take, requirements for NCEA and entrance to tertiary courses you may wish to enroll in. Talk to your teachers, Heads of Departments, etc. Talk your courses over with family, family friends, work contacts etc. Read the outline of the course

2. Complete the online subject selection - please note, that selection does not necessarily guarantee that a place will be available or that a course will run.

House Deans:

Akoranga House: Mrs Katie Pearson and Mr Will Anderton

Hauraki House: Mrs Lucy Robinson and Miss Louise Clouston

Onewa House: Mrs Kate Lawrence and Ms Maggie Cogger-Orr

Pupuke House: Miss Rachel Carson and Mrs Nicola Ov

Wairau House: Ms Ashley Longstaff and Ms Ella Wilson

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