Year 9 in 2022

  Year 9 in 2022

All students are required to take the following core subjects: English Social Studies, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, Science.

Students also choose eight one-term options:

At least two from TECHNOLOGY

At least two from THE ARTS

At least one LANGUAGE

Carving (Wood or Bone)
Digital Technology
Design & Visual Communication
Food Technology
Industry Trades
Product Technology

Film Making
Māori Performing Arts

Te Reo Māori
Reading Support

Additional options

Athlete Development
Business Studies

Mainstream Classes

All Year 9 students are placed into mainstream mixed ability core classes for their compulsory subjects of English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Health, and Physical Education. 

The exceptions to these core classes are the Accelerate classes (2) Inquiry Learning classes (2) Aronui Class (1 at each year level) and Learning Support classes (2-3). Information on these programmes is below.

Accelerate Programme

The Tauranga Boys’ College Accelerate Programme provides an academic platform from which students can advance their learning in key subjects faster than others. Selection and continuing involvement is dependent on academic success. Selection takes into consideration the Entrance test, Year 8 achievement and Year 8 teacher recommendation. The final selection is made by the Year 9 Academic and Accelerate Tutors. Students need to display the characteristics considered fundamental to success in an accelerated environment, including motivation, determination, initiative and time management. Students in the Accelerate Programme are encouraged to take Philosophy as one of their options.

Inquiry Learning

Inquiry Learning classes have two teachers, instead of four, to cover the core curriculum areas of English, Maths, Science and Social Studies. The class has a student-centered, project-based approach for students to develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity and problem-solving.


Te Whānau-a-Aronui is a supportive learning environment embracing Te Reo Māori, Tikanga Māori and the college’s ethos and principles in striving for excellence.  All students in Aronui will be required to study Te Reo Māori, English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Health and Physical Education. Boys are also encouraged to select Māori Performing Arts and Whakairo (Māori carving) as option subjects. Aronui students will have four option subjects. Anyone can apply to enrol in Aronui, however, it should be noted that acceptance is a privilege. There are high expectations relating to te reo and tikanga Māori, learning attitude, effort, achievement, attendance, behaviour, commitment and whānau support

Learning Needs and Learning Support classes have a curriculum tailored to meet their needs, along with remedial tuition and one-to-one tutoring in reading and other special programmes.